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Educational Equity

Fisher v. UT Austin

UPDATE: 11/13/2013 LDF argued in Fisher vs. University of Texas on remand to the Fifth Circuit.

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Voting Rights Act

Shelby County, Alabama v. Holder

The Voting Rights Act of 1965 is one of our nation’s most effective federal civil rights statutes. Shelby County, Alabama...

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Voter Protection

Northwest Austin Municipal Utility District No. 1 v. Holder

In 2006, just days after President Bush signed into law the bill reauthorizing core provisions of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, a small water district in Austin, Texas filed a federal lawsuit in Washington, D.C. challenging the preclearance provision known as Section 5 of the Act. ...

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The War on Drugs

Bad Times in Tulia, Texas

An African-American Community in Texas is Victimized by the "War on Drugs"

On July 23, 1999, more than ten percent of Tulia's African-American population was arrested as the result of a drug "sting" conducted by a lone police officer with a...

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Capital Punishment

Rosales v. Quarterman

Mariano Rosales spent more than 23 years on Texas’s death row after being convicted of capital murder and sentenced to death by a Harris County (Houston) jury from which African Americans and Latinos were excluded because of their race.  Between 1985 and 2008, Mr. Rosales...

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Educational Equity

University of Michigan Race-Conscious Admissions

In June 2003, the Supreme Court issued landmark rulings in two companion cases, Grutter v. Bollinger and Gratz v. Bollinger.  In Grutter, the Court rebuffed a constitutional challenge to the use of race in admissions to the University of Michigan Law School....

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Capital Punishment

Herbert Williams, Jr. v. Commissioner Richard F. Allen

On September 17, 2008, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Williams v. Allen, 542 F.3d 1326 (11th Cir. 2008), vacated the death sentence of LDF client, Herbert Williams, who had spent almost 20 years on Alabama’s death row.  LDF litigated the case with co-counsel from...

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Employment Discrimination

Wright v. Stern: NYC Parks Case

In court papers filed in 2001, current and former employees of the New York City Parks Department alleged that African-American and Latino employees Parks workers had been denied equal employment opportunities. As a result of long-term, systemic discrimination throughout the Parks Department...

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Barriers to Voting

Herring v. Marion County Election Board

On October 24, 2008, LDF settled a lawsuit filed just two days earlier, and designed to protect the voting rights of foreclosure victims. The suit, Herring v. Marion County Election Board, was filed in Indiana state court to ensure that eligible voters who may have faced the threat of...

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Employment Discrimination

Abercrombie & Fitch Employment Discrimination

In June 2003, LDF filed a class action lawsuit, Gonzalez v. Abercrombie & Fitch Stores, against national clothing retailer, Abercrombie & Fitch. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco, charged that in addition to selling so-called "classic" looks, Abercrombie...

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