Case Status: Loss. Supreme Court ruled that schools may restrict speech supporting illegal drug use.

Morse v. Frederick

CIR filed an amicus brief in this important free speech case concerning the authority of school officials to punish high school students for speech they deem contrary to the mission or work of the school,…

Case Status: Case withdrawn when state schools agreed to implement new amendment.

Russell v. Brandon

CIR asks state court to order schools to follow Prop. 2 The Center for Individual Rights has filed a classaction lawsuit in the Circuit Court for Washtenaw County, MI, on behalf of Eric Russell and…

Case Status: Victory

Operation King's Dream v. Ward Connerly

The Center for Individual Rights represented the Michigan Civil Rights Initiative (MCRI) against a last-minute effort by opponents to keep it off the November 2006 ballot by challenging its legality under the federal Voting Rights…

Case Status: Victory

Rumsfeld v. FAIR

CIR submitted an amicus brief to the United States Supreme Court urging it to uphold the Solomon Amendment, which requires colleges and universities to provide equal access to military recruiters as a condition of receiving…

Case Status: Victory. New York appellate court ordered immediate reinstatement.

McConnell v. Le Moyne College

In 2005, CIR filed suit against Le Moyne College in Syracuse, New York, for removing a graduate student in education solely because of the point of view he expressed in a paper...

Case Status: Loss by jury verdict at conclusion of trial.

Mueller v. Auker: Chronology

October 25, 2012Appeal for Rehearing Denied The Ninth Circuit denied CIR’s appeal on behalf of Corissa and Eric Mueller. CIR Appeals to Defend Family Medical RightsCIR filed a petition for rehearing…

Case Status: Loss by jury verdict at conclusion of trial.

Mueller v. Auker, et al.

CIR's case on behalf of Eric and Corissa Mueller attempted to strengthen constitutional protections against the arbitrary authority of child protection personnel to seize custody of a minor child over a dispute between the parents…

Case Status: Victory: All IRS subpoenas withdrawn

Hendrickson v. U.S.; Hart v. U.S.

CIR defended two authors who had published books that were critical of the IRS and US tax code after the IRS launched costly invasive investigations in response to their work...

Case Status: Victory

Lyle v. Warner Brothers Television Production

CIR filed an amicus brief urging California Supreme Court to overturn a ruling that discussion of sexual themes in writers' meetings for the television show 'Friends' created a hostile work environment and is not protected…

Case Status: Victory. University settled on terms favorable to student.

Hinkle v. Baker

In 2003, CIR represented Steven Hinkle, a student at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, who was dragged before a school tribunal and threatened with expulsion solely for exercising his right to free…

Gratz & Grutter: Further Reading on the Michigan Cases

Below are newspaper articles, journal articles, and web links for futher reading on the Michigan cases. Click on the headlines below to read the article. Bradley, Ed, Negative About Affirmative Action? 60 Minutes, CBS News,…

Case Status: Loss

Worth v. Jackson

CIR's challenge of employment goals and preferences for women and racial minorities at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development...

Case Status: Victory

Boys Town v. SCSD

CIR victory helps DC community activists fight effort to silence them. One of the bedrock principles of democratic self-rule is that citizens have a constitutional right to speak out about matters of public concern --…

Case Status: Settled on favorable terms -- Defendants agreed to a judgement in Prof. Willand's favor.

Willand v. Alexander

CIR represented a Minnesota professor who was prohibted from saying anything that someone might find offensive after putting a poster of General George Custer on his office door and otherwise deviating from a politically correct…

Case Status: Victory

Perez v. Posse Comitatus

CIR defended Sachem Quality of Life, a non-profit community group designed to deal with the explosion of illegal immigration in the Farmingville area of Long Island after some local labor groups asserted the organization was…

Case Status: Victory. Plaintiff's motion to dismiss remaining claims was granted.

Sypniewski v. Warren Hills R.S.D.

In 2001, CIR working together with New York law firm KMZRosenman filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of Thomas Sypniewski, a high-achieving senior at a Washington, N.J., public high school, after he was suspended for…

Case Status: Victory. Plaintiff's motion to dismiss remaining claims was granted.

Sypniewski: Q & A about the Sypniewskis' lawsuit

(answers can be attributed to Gerald Walpin, a partner at KMZ Rosenman in New York: August 8, 2001) Q: What is this lawsuit about? A: Tom Sypniewski, Jr., a senior at Warren Hills Regional High School…

Case Status: Victory. Plaintiff's motion to dismiss remaining claims was granted.

Sypniewski: The actual text of the "redneck" T-shirt

Top 10 Reasons you might be a Redneck Sports Fan if . . . 10. You’ve ever been shirtless at a freezing football game. 9. Your carpet used to be part of a football field.