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The 2018 A. Leon HIgginbotham Dinner

On May 23, 2018 in NYC the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law Honors PNC Bank and Chairman, President & CEO William S. Demchak with the 2018 Higginbotham Corporate Leadership Award. Former Acting Attorney General Sally Q. Yates with the Beacon of Justice Award. Student Leaders Trevon Bosley, Zion Kelly, Mya Middleton and Christopher Underwood from March for Our Lives Youth Rally with the Distinguished Civil Rights Advocate Award.

Updates from the Lawyers’ Committee

Blog April 17, 2018

Debunking The Myth Of “Uncaring Parents” in ELL Classrooms

  Thinking back to my educational experiences growing up, there were many hurdles I had to overcome without the assistance of my parents. This is not to say that they did not want to help, but rather, they did not have the knowledge nor the necessary means to do so. Some might argue that the lack of parent engagement my parents exhibited equated to them not caring. While this is untrue, this narrative is often forced upon the parents of English Language Learners (ELLs) who might not be as involved in their child’s educational studies as other parents without exploring the root of the problem. This can be extremely detrimental and perpetuate false myths about “uncaring parents” in ELL classrooms.   Why is it important to increase parental educational engagement? For starters, this factor has long been seen as a key predictor of school achievement. Studies consistently show that children […]

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Trump administration scraps housing segregation rule

May 25, 2018

Think Progress

HUD on Wednesday got rid of a key component of the Obama-era rule: the comprehensive and uniform assessment tool cities and towns needed to complete that described how housing segregation persisted in their communities and how they planned to address it. The [AFFH] assessment tool “was having a transformative positive effect in communities across the country,” said Thomas Silverstein, counsel in the Fair Housing & Community Development Project at the Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.

California Considering Investigating Politician Who Filmed Trans Woman in Denny’s Bathroom

May 23, 2018

Into More

In a joint statement released Tuesday, the Human Rights Campaign and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law called on California Attorney General Xavier Becerra to investigate [Republican candidate Jazmina Saavendra for committing a hate crime under California’s Unruh Civil Rights Act, which protects transgender people in public accommodations.”

DeVos: Schools should decide whether to report undocumented kids

May 23, 2018


In response to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’ comments, Kristen Clarke said “The suggestion that individual schools should have discretion to determine if and when to report undocumented students flies in the face of well-settled and long-standing Supreme Court precedent which makes clear that no student should be denied the right to a public education based on their immigration status.”

Supreme Court in Epic Systems case: Employers can enforce arbitration agreements with workers

May 22, 2018

State Journal and News Service

In a case involving Verona health software giant Epic Systems, a divided Supreme Court ruled Monday that businesses can prohibit their workers from banding together in disputes over pay and conditions in the workplace. “No American should be forced to sign away their right to invoke the meaningful protections afforded by our nation’s critical civil rights laws,” Kristen Clarke said.

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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