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Blog September 22, 2015

Celebrate National Voter Registration Day by Improving Elections Ahead of 2016

As volunteers and organizations hit the streets nationwide to register voters on college campuses, churches and shopping centers on National Voter Registration Day, we need to make sure that our elections systems are ready for 2016. Making registering to vote easier and more accessible is an obvious first step election administrators can take to encourage civic participation. And when Election Day comes around, election officials can go further by locating polling sites in convenient areas, providing language or other types of assistance at the polls when needed, staffing sites with enough well-trained workers, and having voting machines and technology working properly. Not to mention, being prepared with a backup plan for when things go wrong. Improving how elections are administered in the US was a dominant theme at the National Commission on Voting Rights  public hearings held last year in 25 cities across the country.  Organized by the Lawyers Committee […]

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Lawyers’ Committee Honors Legacy of Civil Rights Champion Julian Bond

August 17, 2015

Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law

WASHINGTON, D.C., August 17, 2015 – As the nation mourns the loss of renowned civil rights champion Julian Bond, who died on August 15th.  

Letter to the Editor: Moving to End Housing Segregation

July 17, 2015

New York Times

The Supreme Court’s decision in Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. Inclusive Communities Project has also preserved the necessary tools for our robust enforcement of the Fair Housing Act. The Times’s stand will strengthen our resolve as we carry this work forward.

SCOTUS rejects effort to weaken Fair Housing Act

June 26, 2015


The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 on Thursday to reject a case that could have significantly weakened the Fair Housing Act (FHA), a landmark civil rights law. The ruling means the law will continue to cover actions in the housing sphere with a discriminatory result—known as disparate impact—not just intentional discrimination.

Members of Congress, Civil Rights Groups Celebrate Landmark Marriage Equality Ruling, Call for Full Federal LGBT Non-Discrimination Protections

June 26, 2015


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, after the U.S. Supreme Court issued a landmark ruling expanding marriage equality to all 50 states […]

The principal mission of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law is to secure equal justice for all through the rule of law, targeting in particular the inequities confronting African Americans and other racial and ethnic minorities. The Lawyers’ Committee is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, formed in 1963 at the request of President John F. Kennedy to enlist the private bar's leadership and resources in combating racial discrimination and the resulting inequality of opportunity - work that continues to be vital today.

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