Federal court allows NYC custodians to challenge discriminatory consent decree

August 06, 2001

Washington, D.C. – In a case with important implications for consent decrees involving racial and gender preferences, a federal appeals court ruled on Friday that New York City school custodians be allowed to challenge preferential employment and hiring policies for female and minority custodians. The custodians will argue that the

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Professor sues to end PC speech restrictions

July 26, 2001

Constitutionality of Minnesota’s computer policy also at stake

Washington, D.C. – A Minneapolis-area history professor muzzled by college administrators filed suit in federal court today to protect his First Amendment rights, after finding himself in the middle of the battle raging on college campuses between political correctness and free speech. North

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Federal appeals court okays state aid for Maryland religious college

June 27, 2001

Key victory for government funding of faith-based entities

Washington, D.C. – In a landmark victory for religious liberty and government funding of faith-based entities, a federal appeals court ruled yesterday that “the State of Maryland infringed on Columbia [Union College’s] free speech rights by establishing a broad grant program . .

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Student’s Suit Challenges Suspension: Constitutionality of Zero-tolerence Policies at Stake

June 25, 2001

Newark, N.J. — A Washington, New Jersey high school student suspended for wearing a T-shirt with the word “redneck” on it asked a federal court today to protect his and other students’ First Amendment rights. The T-shirt lists comedian Jeff Foxworthy’s “Top 10 Reasons You Might Be A Redneck Sports

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New evidence undermines affirmative action in government contracting

June 11, 2001

CIR’s Adarand brief disputes claims of past discrimination

Washington, D.C. – The law firm at the forefront of the legal challenge to affirmative action in university admissions weighed in today in the battle over affirmative action in government contracting. Using government documents obtained in separate litigation, the Center for Individual Rights

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Key test today for government funding of faith-based entities

May 07, 2001

Federal court considers inclusion of Maryland religious college in state aid

Washington, D.C. – The constitutionality of government funding of religious entities was at issue today as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit heard argument on whether a Takoma Park, Maryland college can participate in a state aid

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Federal court strikes down U. of Michigan’s racial preferences

March 27, 2001

Washinton, D.C. – In a landmark decision affecting the future of affirmative action, a federal judge ruled today that “the University of Michigan Law School’s use of race as a factor in its admissions decisions is unconstitutional and a violation of Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.” Ruling

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Supreme Court asked to decide key affirmative action issue

February 20, 2001

Future of racial preferences at U. of Washington and across the nation at stake

Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Supreme Court has been asked to decide the key question in the national debate over affirmative action. White applicants challenging the constitutionality of minority admissions preferences at the University of Washington Law

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Appeals court asked to review Michigan’s racial preferences

February 20, 2001

Washington, D.C. –Applicants challenging minority admissions preferences at the University of Michigan asked a federal appeals court today to review a judge’s ruling that the current system of preferences is legal. The request comes in response to the University’s recent petition asking the court to review a parallel ruling that

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Faith-based providers face legal obstacles

February 01, 2001

First Amendment litigators point to Boston summer camp

Washington, D.C. – President Bush’s initiative to expand partnerships between government and faith-based providers of social services drew a predictable response from many quarters. Groups advocating an absolute separation of church and state were quick to criticize the President’s legislative proposals, including the

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