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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.


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...

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. ...

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....

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...

Educational Equity

Boisseau v. Picard

For many months after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita struck the City of New Orleans, residents struggled to return home. Displaced residents found themselves navigating a maze of obstacles: securing affordable housing in a safe neighborhood, obtaining gainful employment at a living wage and with...

Capital Punishment

Commonwealth of PA v. Raymond Whitney

On January 16, 2008, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge William Mazzola threw out the death sentence of LDF client, Raymond Whitney. Mr. Whitney, an African-American man, had been on Pennsylvania's death row for twenty-six years. Not only was Mr. Whitney inadequately represented at trial,...