Case Status: Partial Win: The Supreme Court struck down the UM undergraduate admissions system but upheld the law school system.

Gratz v. Bollinger; Grutter v. Bollinger

CIR filed two lawsuits challenging the use of racial preferences at the University of Michigan and the University of Michigan law school...

Case Status: Victory. Case settled prior to trial.

Turner v. Browner

Cir challenged an agency-wide affirmative action plan maintained by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency...

Case Status: Partial Victory. District court judge modified scholarship to include applicants of any race.

Tompkins v. Alabama State University

The Center for Individual Rights agreed to represent Mr. Jessie Tompkins, a graduate student at Alabama State University, in his lawsuit challenging court mandated all-white scholarships at the historically black university...

Case Status: Loss

Smith v. University of Washington

CIR's 1997 lawsuit challenging racial preferences at the University of Washington on behalf of several law school applicants including Katuria Smith. Smith grew up in poverty, with an alcoholic father and step-father, and struggled through…

Case Status: Victory

Doe v. Department of Health and Human Services

CIR successfully challenged the unconstitutional exclusion of "Michelle Doe," a sixteen year old high school girl, from a "minorities-only" summer study program solely because of her race...

Case Status: Victory

Coalition for Economic Equity v. Wilson

In 1996, the Center for Individual Rights intervened in a lawsuit to defend the results of a popular vote on Proposition 209, the California Civil Rights Initiative, which prohibited the use of racial and gender…

Case Status: Victory. Morrison is one of the defining Commerce Clause precedents of the decade.

U.S. v. Morrison

CIR defended a student athlete in a civil suit against ill-founded charges of rape. The case successfully challenged portions of 1994 Violence Against Women Act as unconstitutional exercise of Congress's authority under the Commerce Clause…

Case Status: Victory

Columbia Union College v. Oliver

CUC, a small four-year college with about 600 students, had been denied a public grant by the state of Maryland because its Seventh-day Adventist composition made it "pervasively sectarian." Or, in plain English, CUC was…

Case Status: Settled on terms favorable to CIR's client

DynaLantic Corp. v. Department of Defense

CIR successfully represented a small Long Island company whose ability to compete (and even stay in business) was hobbled by the federal government's extensive use of race preferences in awarding government contracts...

Case Status: Loss. Petition for Writ of Certiorari denied on June 29, 2000.

Boulahanis v. Board of Regents, Illinois State University

CIR challenged the elimination of Illinois State men's athletic teams to achieve identical rates of participation and spending on men's and women's teams, regardless of interest levels...

Case Status: Loss. N.Y. Court of Appeals upheld lower court dismissal of case.

Maas v. Cornell University

CIR contested, on contractual and other grounds, a private university's sanctions against a senior professor over ill-founded sexual harassment charges...

Case Status: Victory

Rosenberger v. University of Virginia

In 1995, CIR fought and won a case before the Supreme Court that affirmed that government cannot exclude faith-based student organizations from programs because of their religious viewpoint...

Case Status: Loss

Gee v. Humphries

CIR challenged a state college's suspension and termination of Gerald Gee, a white professor who was said to have "harassed" students at historically black Florida A&M University...

Case Status: Victory, later modified in Grutter v. Bollinger

Hopwood v. Texas

CIR won a historic victory in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals case Hopwood v. Texas. The Fifth Circuit ruling barred all use of racial preferences in university admissions in the states under that court’s…

Case Status: Victory

Silva v. University of New Hampshire

CIR's 1994 victory against the University of New Hampshire was the first successful case against university speech codes and an affirmation of First Amendment rights in the classroom...

Case Status: Victory. U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit affirmed district court order granting summary judgment.

White v. Lee

In 1993, CIR challenged the use of federal housing discrimination law to suppress opposition to public housing projects...

Case Status: Victory before D.C. Circuit, case settled on remand.

Lamprecht v. Federal Communications Commission

One of the Center for Individual Rights' first clients was Thomas Lamprecht, a 28-year-old radio broadcaster whose application for a license had been denied by the FCC because he was a man...