Current Cases

Case Status: Settled on Favorable Terms.

Cocina Cultura LLC v. State of Oregon et al.

November 20th 2020

CIR has filed suit against the State of Oregon, Oregon’s Department of Administrative Services, and two Oregon non-profits, which established a coronavirus relief fund that exclusively provides federal grant money to black applicants, in violation of the Constitution and federal anti-discrimination law...

Case Status: Pending

Ultima Services Corporation v. U.S. Department of Agriculture et al.

March 5th 2020

CIR is representing Ultima Services Corporation, a company that can no longer compete for contracts that make up the core of its business because its owner, Celeste Bennett, is the wrong race. For more than fifteen years, Ultima has contracted with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), a subdivision of the U.S. Department of Agriculture...

Timeline

Over the last thirty years, CIR has won massive civil rights victories that no one thought possible, successfully overturning race and sex preferences in schools, government employment, and government contracting

Lamprecht v. FCC

Feb 1992

Lamprecht v. FCC

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.

Hopwood v. Texas

Mar 1996

Hopwood v. Texas

In 1996, 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 jurisdiction.

Coalition for Economic Equality v. Wilson

Apr 1997

Coalition for Economic Equality v. Wilson

CIR intervened in a case levied by liberal interest groups against the enforcement of Proposition 209, the California Civil Rights Initiative. The CCRI, which won a majority vote in 1996 referendum, banned the use of race and gender preferences in state university admissions, employment, and contracting.

Gratz v. Bollinger; Grutter v. Bollinger

Jun 2003

Gratz v. Bollinger; Grutter v. Bollinger

In 2003, the Supreme Court decided the landmark cases of Gratz v. Bollinger and Grutter v. Bollinger. CIR successfully urged the Supreme Court to strike down the racial preferences system at the University of Michigan’s College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, but the Court left the door open for universities to continue using racial preferences under narrow circumstances and allowed the University of Michigan’s law school to continue its practice of utilizing race-based admissions.

Operation King's Dream v. Ward Connerly

Sep 2006

Operation King's Dream v. Ward Connerly

The Center for Individual Rights represented the Michigan Civil Rights Initiative, which was designed to prohibit preferential treatment based on race, gender, color, ethnicity, or national origin for public employment, education, or contracting, against a last-minute effort by opponents to keep it off the November 2006 ballot by challenging its legality under the federal Voting Rights Act.

NG v. New York City Department of Education

Dec 2008

NG v. New York City Department of Education

The Center for Individual Rights filed a class action lawsuit challenging the New York City Department of Education’s policy of excluding Asian American and white students from a test preparation course because of their race.

U.S. v. New York Board of Education

Dec 2013

U.S. v. New York Board of Education

CIR represented a group of New York City schools custodial engineers in a landmark challenge to efforts by the federal government to retroactively redistribute employment seniority on the basis of race and gender, based solely on statistical imbalances between an employer’s workforce and the labor pool at large.

Dynalantic v. Department of Defense

Jan 2014

Dynalantic v. Department of Defense

CIR 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.

Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action v. Russell et al.; Russell v. Brandon; Schuette v. BAMN

Apr 2014

Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action v. Russell et al.; Russell v. Brandon; Schuette v. BAMN

Unlike Gratz and Grutter, this case was not about the constitutionality of racial preferences. It was rather about the ability of Michigan voters to govern themselves within constitutional parameters. The Supreme Court has held that racial preferences are permitted under the constitution, but it has never held that they are required. CIR maintained that what the constitution does not prohibit is left to the discretion of the voters.

Past Cases

Case Status: Case settled on favorable terms

Swanigan v. University of Connecticut

June 4th 2014

CIR is representing Pamela Swanigan, a graduate student in English at UConn. The suit alleges that Swanigan was not allowed to compete for a highly prestigious, merit-based scholarship despite being the top applicant the year she applied. Instead, Swanigan was routed into an academically less prestigious Multicultural Scholars Award, which is designed to increase diversity. This happened solely because of her race -- she is both African American and white...

Case Status: Victory. City agreed to eliminate racial quota.

Rau and Katapadi v. NYC Dept. of Ed.

January 14th 2008

CIR filed a class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York challenging the use of separate, lower admissions standards for white students at prestigious Mark Twain Intermediate School, a magnet school located in Coney Island, NY...

Case Status: Victory. Case settled on favorable terms.

Ng v. New York City Dept. of Education

November 19th 2007

CIR filed a class action lawsuit challenging the New York City Department of Education ’s policy of excluding Asian American and white students from a test preparation course because of their race...

Case Status: Victory

Operation King's Dream v. Ward Connerly

August 3rd 2006

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 Act...

Case Status: Loss

Worth v. Jackson

August 8th 2002

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: Settled on favorable terms

U.S. v. New York City Board of Education

April 19th 2000

Since 2000, the Center for Individual Rights has represented a group of New York City schools custodial engineers in a landmark challenge to efforts by the federal government to retroactively redistribute employment seniority on the basis of race and gender...

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

Miami University Wrestling Club v. Miami University of Ohio

November 18th 1999

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

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

Maitland v. University of Minnesota

November 3rd 1999

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

Case Status: Victory

Jacobs v. Independent School District No. 625

April 6th 1999

The Center for Individual Rights filed a federal lawsuit challenging a racial preference policy that left available classroom seats unfilled in order to achieve the district’s desired racial balance...

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

October 14th 1997

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

September 19th 1997

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

August 27th 1997

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

May 3rd 1997

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 high school. In spite of this, she was able to pull her life together and submit an impressive application to UW's law school. However, because she was not a member of a preferred race, Smith's application was denied...

Case Status: Victory

Doe v. Department of Health and Human Services

February 14th 1997

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

November 6th 1996

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 preferences in public education, contracting, and employment...

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

DynaLantic Corp. v. Department of Defense

December 15th 1995

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

September 22nd 1995

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: Victory, later modified in Grutter v. Bollinger

Hopwood v. Texas

August 19th 1994

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 jurisdiction...

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

Lamprecht v. Federal Communications Commission

January 25th 1991

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...

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Amicus Briefs

Case Status: Loss

Fisher v. University of Texas

September 9th 2015

CIR filed an amicus brief in a challenge to a University of Texas racial preference program, which gave African-American and Hispanic applicants a "plus" on their admission scores...

Case Status: Loss

Blessing v. Sirius XM Radio, Inc.

August 17th 2012

CIR filed an amicus brief in Blessing v. Sirius XM Radio, Inc. challenging requirement that lawyers appointed to represent the plaintiff class had to have a gender and racial makeup that “fairly reflects” that of the class members...

Case Status: Victory

BAMN v. Brown

August 13th 2012

CIR filed an amicus brief in a 2012 case challenging California's Prop. 209 on the grounds that a state constitutional amendment barring the use of racial preferences was itself illegal racial discrimination...

Case Status: Victory

Ricci v. DeStefano

August 6th 2012

CIR filed amicus briefs in case challenging the manipulative jettisoning of hiring tests in order to achieve a certain racial mix of employees...

Case Status: Victory

Rumsfeld v. FAIR

August 6th 2005

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 federal funds...

Case Status: Victory

Dale v. Boy Scouts of America

June 28th 2000

After the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled that the Boy Scouts may not exclude homosexuals from leadership positions, the Scouts were forced to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court to protect their First Amendment rights. CIR filed an amicus brief urging the Court to respect the Scouts' freedom of association...