Swanigan v. University of Connecticut

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

Status: Case settled on favorable terms

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Sypniewski v. Warren Hills R.S.D.

CIR prevails in case challenging suspension of high school senior for wearing Jeff Foxworthy shirt, so-called zero tolerance policies at stake.

Thomas Sypniewski, a high-achieving senior at a Washington, N.J., public high school, prevailed in his several year fight for his First Amendment rights after being suspended in 2001 for wearing

Status: Victory. Plaintiff's motion to dismiss remaining claims was granted.

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Turner v. Browner

Challenged agency-wide affirmative action plan maintained by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Status: Victory. Case settled prior to trial.

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

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.

Status: Class settlement pending

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U.S. v. Westchester County

Status: Loss. Court refused to consider brief.

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


IR 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

Status: Pending

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Vera v. O’Keefe

Speech on a Matter of Public Concern

ACORN was at the center of several controversies throughout the 2008 election season (See McCain ad: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NZ9eelAl5tw). ACORN workers were convicted of voter registration fraud in four states, and investigations were conducted by five additional states and the FBI.

Despite being the center of such

Status: Successfully closed. The Maryland case was dismissed, the Pennsylvania case was settled, O'Keefe entered into a plea agreement in the New Orleans case, and the California case was settled.

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Waltz v. Brumfield

CIR sues housing discrimination officials

On April 1, 2008, the Center for Individual Rights filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California against several officials of the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) on behalf of California resident Julie Waltz.

The suit alleges that state

Status: Victory. Case settled on favorable terms.

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Willand v. Alexander

Prof. wins fight over politically correct speech restrictions

Courtesy of Old Army Press

With CIR’s help, a Minnesota professor fought in federal court to protect his rights to free speech and academic freedom. After putting a poster of General George Custer on his office door and otherwise deviating from a politically correct view of American

Status: Settled on favorable terms -- Defendants agreed to a judgement in Prof. Willand's favor.

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Worth v. Jackson

CIR's challenge of employment goals and preferences for women and racial minorities at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Status: Loss

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