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 organaizations from programs because of their religious viewpoint.

Status: Victory

Read More → Free Exercise of Religion U.S. Supreme Court

Rothe v. U.S. Dept. of Defense and U.S. Small Business Administration

Status: Pending

Read More → Amicus Briefs Federal Appellate Courts

Rumsfeld v. FAIR

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 federal funds. The brief notes that CIR’s landmark 1995 Supreme Court case Rosenberger v. University of Virigina, which

Status: Victory

Read More → Amicus Briefs U.S. Supreme Court

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 all other similarly situated individuals applying to Michigan state schools this year.

In papers filed January 4,

Status: Case withdrawn when state schools agreed to implement new amendment.

Read More → Civil Rights State Courts

Schuette v. BAMN

The Center for Individual Rights is representing Eric Russell in his defense of the constitutionality of an amendment sponsored by Ward Connerly and Jennifer Gratz to ban the use of racial preferences in state programs.

Status: Victory

Read More → Civil Rights U.S. Supreme Court

Seeberger v. Davenport Civil Rights Commission et al.

Seeberger rented rooms in a single family house that she owned.  In 2013, she rented a room to Michelle Schreurs and her then fifteen-year-old daughter for $300 per month.  In the fall of 2014, Seeberger noticed a bottle of pre-natal vitamins on the kitchen counter.  At that point, Schreurs and

Status: Petition for Certiorari denied October 7, 2019

Read More → Freedom of Speech U.S. Supreme Court

Seila Law LLC v. CFPB

Status: Victory

Read More → Amicus Briefs U.S. Supreme Court

Serafine v. Branaman

Status: Victory

Read More → Amicus Briefs U.S. Supreme Court

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.

University speech codes that punished those who expressed politically incorrect sentiments were first challenged by CIR in our case against UNH. Until 1994,

Status: Victory

Read More → Freedom of Speech Federal District Courts

Smith v. University of Washington

CIR's 2002 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 high school. In spite of this, she was able to pull her life together and

Status: Loss

Read More → Civil Rights Federal Appellate Courts