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Blog July 2, 2016

52 Years After the Signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Much Work Still Remains

It has been 52 years since the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson, yet the legacies of this historic bill continue to affect our current fight to secure equal justice under law for racial and ethnic minorities. It ended segregation in all public and most private places, including courthouses, parks, restaurants, hotels and theaters. It prohibited educational and employment discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. It enforced the constitutional right to vote by stipulating that voting requirements could not be applied inequitably. This legislation was the product of decades of resistance and activism on the streets and in the courts. In fact, the civil rights attorneys that served as founding members of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (Lawyers’ Committee) played a pivotal role in the passage of the Civil Rights Act. While we […]

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Latino Voters Sue Texas Over ‘Unique Barriers’ Created by At-Large Judicial Elections

July 22, 2016


The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and the Dechert law firm in Austin are also part of the legal team challenging the state. They argue in a legal challenge filed with the U.S. District Court in the Southern District of Texas on Wednesday that at-large districts are the main culprit.

Time to terminate nation’s policing crisis once and for all

July 22, 2016

The Hill

If we move on without fundamental change or implement reforms that merely tinker around the edges, we dishonor those officers who died in Baton Rouge and Dallas and all who died in Baton Rouge, St. Paul and so many other places across this nation.

OpEd: Restoring Voting Rights to the Disenfranchised

July 21, 2016


So-called “felony disenfranchisement” laws hurt people with criminal histories and their home communities. Publicly available data demonstrates that an estimated 5.85 million Americans are currently disenfranchised as a result of these arcane laws.

Here’s the Next Sleeper Challenge to Affirmative Action

July 19, 2016

Mother Jones

Greenbaum’s organization represented a group of minority Harvard students who tried to intervene in the SFFA case to represent students who they said would be harmed by the race-neutral policies SFFA was pushing. The effort failed, but Greenbaum says, unlike Blum, he had no trouble finding clients who were willing to be publicly identified as supporting affirmative action.

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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