Parents Involved v. Seattle School District No. 1

CIR filed amicus brief in case challenging race-based school assignment plan.

Status: Victory. 5-4 majority struck down racial balancing plan.

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Reno v. Bossier Parish School District

Supreme Court Ends Racial Gerrymandering by Department of Justice

In 1993, the Bossier Parish school board submitted a race-neutral plan to redraw voting districts as required by the 1990 census. This plan was identical to one earlier approved by the Department of Justice.

However, the NAACP proposed an alternative plan which

Status: Victory

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Ricci v. DeStefano

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

Status: Victory

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Rosenberger v. University of Virginia

In 1995, CIR fought and won a case before the Supreme Court that affirmed that government cannot exclude faith-based student organaizations from programs because of their religious viewpoint.

Status: Victory

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Rumsfeld v. FAIR

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. The brief notes that CIR’s landmark 1995 Supreme Court case Rosenberger v. University of Virigina, which

Status: Victory

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Schuette v. BAMN

The Center for Individual Rights is representing Eric Russell in his defense of the constitutionality of an amendment sponsored by Ward Connerly and Jennifer Gratz to ban the use of racial preferences in state programs.

Status: Victory

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Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County v. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Filed an amicus brief arguing that the US Army Corps of Engineers migratory bird rule promulgated by the Clean Water Act is an unconstitutional exercise of Congress’ authority to regulate interstate commerce.

Status: Court rejected rule on other grounds

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U.S. v. Elonis

CIR filed an amicus brief in the Supreme Court in the case Elonis v. United States. The petitioner, Anthony Elonis, is appealing his federal conviction for posting rap lyrics on his Facebook page that his ex-wife had found threatening.

Status: Victory.

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U.S. v. Morrison

Defended student athlete in civil suit against ill-founded charges of rape. Successfully challenged portions of 1994 Violence Against Women Act as unconstitutional exercise of Congress's authority under the Commerce Clause and Section 5 of the Fourteenth Amendment.

Status: Victory. Morrision is one of the defining Commerce Clause precedents of the decade.

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