Maitland v. University of Minnesota

Challenged 1989 consent decree whereby the University of Minnesota agreed to distribute $3 million to female faculty members to remedy alleged gender disparities in salary.

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Status: Settled. University of Minnesota agreed to abolish female-only pay raises and distribute salary equitably.

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Martel v. Healey

In 1986, Massachusetts passed a law that bans private citizens from owning a stun-gun or Taser for self-defense. Codified in Section 131J of the General Laws of Massachusetts, the law states that “No person shall possess a portable device or weapon from which an electrical current, impulse, wave or beam

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Mason Cathedral v. City of Boston

Represented Mason Cathedral Church of God in Christ in a lawsuit claiming that the City of Boston violated the church’s First Amendment rights when it removed city-paid counselors from the church’s summer day camp program because of voluntary prayer.

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McConnell v. Le Moyne College

Victory: Court Orders Reinstatement of Scott McConnell

On January 18, 2006, a New York Appellate Division court ordered Le Moyne College to reinstate education student Scott McConnell “forthwith.” McConnell was summarily expelled a year ago because of a course paper he wrote concerning classroom management. Among other things, McConnell’s paper questioned

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

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Miami University Wrestling Club v. Miami University of Ohio

Challenged elimination of men's athletic teams to achieve parity in participation and spending on men's and women's teams.

Status: Loss. U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit affirmed district court ruling granting defendants' motion for summary judgement.

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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, including off-campus speech.

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The case concerned an Alaska high school that allowed students to leave school

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

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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 and medical personnel in cases when the child is not in imminent danger.

Status: Loss by jury verdict at conclusion of trial.

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New York Progress and Protection PAC v. Walsh

CIR represented the New York Progress and Protection PAC ("NYP3"), an independent campaign committee formed to run television, radio, and print advertisements on behalf of conservative political candidates in New York State. NYP3 was blocked from participating in New York City's 2013 mayoral election because of New York's campaign

Status: Victory. Summary Judgment granted by US District Court.

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Ng v. New York City Dept. of Education

CIR challenges race-exclusive program

On November 19, 2007, the Center for Individual Rights filed a class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, challenging the New York City Department of Education ’s policy of excluding Asian American and white students from a test preparation

Status: Victory: case settled on favorable terms

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Nix v. Holder

Constitutional challenge to Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1964 on behalf of group of Kinston, NC citizens.

Status: Loss.

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