Affordable Housing Development Corp. v. Fresno

CIR won an important free speech victory in 2006 in its defense of California resident Travis Compton. Compton had been accused of federal housing discrimination by a low-income housing developer angry over Compton’s public comments critical of the developer’s plans to seek tax exempt bond funding for his project. The

Status: Victory. Defendant Compton's motion for Summary Judgment granted on August 31, 2000.

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BAMN v. Brown

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.

Status: Victory.

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Boulahanis v. Board of Regents, Illinois State University

Appealed appellate court decision upholding 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.

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

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Boys Town v. SCSD

CIR victory helps DC community activists fight effort to silence them. One of the bedrock principles of democratic self-rule is that citizens have a constitutional right to speak out about matters of public concern -- particularly to their elected representatives and governmental bodies...

Status: Victory

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Coalition for Economic Equality v. Wilson

Proposition 209 ends preferences in California

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

Status: Victory

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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 too religious for the tastes of state bureaucrats.

Status: Victory

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Gee v. Humphries

Challenged 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. Prof. Gee told the students to make their own opportunities and avoid “what some would call a ‘nigger mentality’—the sort of thinking that can keep

Status: Loss

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Hopwood v. Texas

CIR’s Historic Fifth Circuit Victory

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. Since the Supreme Court declined to hear the case, our

Status: Victory, later modified in Grutter v. Bollinger

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Katz v. Chevaldina

CIR is representing a blogger, Irina Chevaldina, who is being sued for copyright infringement for using a headshot photo in one of her posts. She won in the district court and CIR is endeavoring to defend the decision in her favor before the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

Status: Pending

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King v. Burwell; Halbig v. Burwell

CIR is representing several members of Congress in an amicus effort designed to support two challenges to the Obama Administration's decision to set aside a provision of the Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare") that limits federal heath care subsidies to individuals in states that have created healthcare exchanges.

Status: Pending.

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