Burke v. Doe

CIR is representing an anonymous Wikipedia editor in a precedent-seeting case designed to establish the First Amendment right of anonymous internet authors to remain anonymous.

Status: Victory

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Department of Human Services re Zoey and Lyric Mays v. Phillips

CIR earlier had filed an amicus brief before the Michigan Supreme Court on behalf of Wali Phillips, a Michigan father whose parental rights were terminated without any finding that he was an unfit parent. We argued that one parent’s rights should never be terminated based solely on the conduct of the other

Status: Victory. The Court held that the trial court’s termination of the father’s rights was clear error.

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Doe v. Department of Health and Human Services

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.  The program was funded in part by the National Institute of Health and Texas A&M University.

The case settled prior to trial for damages and

Status: Victory

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Fraternal Order of Police v. Montgomery County, Maryland

Status: Pending before Court of Appeals of Maryland

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Hampton v. National Research Group

Filed amicus brief contesting court-ordered $1 million damage award as unlawful restriction of constitutionally protected speech.

Status: Settled by stipulation filed July 6, 1999.

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Lyle v. Warner Brothers Television Production

Filed amicus brief urging California Supreme Court to overturn a ruling that discussion of sexual themes in writers’ meetings for the television show ‘Friends’ created a hostile work environment and is not protected by the First Amendment.

Status: Victory

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Maas v. Cornell University

Prof. James Maas

“THE CASE READS LIKE A TWISTED VERSION OF THE SALEM WITCH TRIALS, ONLY THIS TIME THE ‘WITCH’ IS A PROFESSOR AT CORNELL UNIVERSITY AND HIS ACCUSERS ARE FORMER STUDENTS EGGED ON BY SOME MEMBERS OF THE WOMEN’S STUDIES PROGRAM.” LINDA CHAVEZ, USA TODAY

CIR contested, on contractual and other

Status: Loss. N.Y. Court of Appeals upheld lower court dismissal of case.

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McConnell v. Le Moyne College

Graduate student expelled for traditional views

In 2005, CIR filed suit against Le Moyne College in Syracuse, New York, for removing a graduate student in education solely because of the point of view he expressed in a paper.  The school purported to exercise its educational judgment and justified the student’s removal

Status: Victory. New York appellate court ordered immediate reinstatement.

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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.

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