Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Inc. Blog Archive

Voting -- the right to do it, easy access to the polls -- seems like a no-brainer to us. We don't get people who don't vote. And we don't get why it's made difficult f...
The City of Chicago has taken an important step addressing racial and ethnic segregation and other housing discrimination in releasing its Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice, including ...
. . . . . .. Most Americans have grown up familiar with the name and story of Rosa Parks, but she was not the first African American woman to refuse to give up her seat on a...
Less than a year after releasing The Color ofRepresentation(a comprehensive reviewof minority representation in Illinois), the Voting Rights Project (VRP) has had its first succes...
By Candace Moore and Jessica Schneider, EEP Staff Attorneys . “My friend would be alive today if he had a job.” Those are the haunting words of a young woman at ...
Recent media is bringing to light an issue largely considered solved, but that continues to be a problem for clients of the Health Disparities Project (HDP). Unfortunately, many of our clients&rsqu...
Chicago Lawyers’ Committee & Open Communities Negotiate Settlement in Housing Discrimination Lawsuit against Rentology The Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law,...
A federal three-judge panel today unanimously rejected Attorney General Brad Schimel’s motion to dismiss a partisan gerrymandering lawsuit filed by 12 Wisconsin Democrats. The ruling in W...
CLCCRUL's Employment Opportunity Project has taken on an age discrimination case in which the claimant (a 59 year-old executive) believes that a company's hiring process intentionally weeds...
Today the New York Times published an op-ed piece by Charles Blow summarizing the reasons investigation and reform is needed with respect to the Chicago Police Department and the political actors w...
The Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights today calls for the release of police video of the police shooting of Ronald Johnson III. Following the long delay in release of th...
The Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights endorses the request made today by the Chicago Urban League for a federal pattern or practice investigation of the Chicago Police Department by...
The Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights fully and enthusiastically supports the FAIR COPS Ordinance proposed by the Community Renewal Society. The institutions in Chicago that are s...
As described on Thursday, November 19, 2015 in the New York Times, recently released police data show that police officers repeatedly accused of misconduct are rarely penalized by the Police ...
The Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights, Inc. applauds the decision of Cook County Circuit Judge Franklin Valderrama requiring the City of Chicago to release the police video that sho...
From Director James Redford and Executive Producer Karen Pritzker,Paper Tigersfollows a year in the life of an alternative high school in Walla Walla, WA, that used the science and...
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 5, 2015 CONTACT: Debra Walker Johnson Director of Development and External Affairs 312-202-3653 (office) dwalkerjohnson@clcc...
The Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law’s gerrymandering suit in Wisconsin, Whitford v. Nichol, is making headlines across the nation. Featured today in the National J...
In early October, the 7th Circuit Bar Association held a training on Employment Law, Settlement Techniques, and the U.S. District Court, N.D. Ill., Settlement Assistance Program. The C...
Chicago, IL (Oct. 13, 2015) – A recent investigation conducted by several Chicago fair housing organizations revealed that despite passage of Cook County’s Source of Income amendm...
Chicago, IL (Oct. 13, 2015) – A recent investigation conducted by several Chicago fair housing organizations revealed that despite passage of Cook County’s Source of Income am...
The Chicago Lawyers’ Committee joins the nation in mourning the passing of legendary civil rights activist, Julian Bond. Mr. Bond was a visionary and tireless champion for civil and human rig...
Last Wednesday the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil rights Under Law filed suit on behalf of Wisconsin plaintiffs suing state election officials over the state assembly district plan that...
Yesterday the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) issued an important new fair housing regulation aimed at promoting diverse, inclusive communities and overcoming the negative ef...
June 25, 2015 – The Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights enthusiastically applauds the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision upholding the disparate impact theory under the f...
We are looking for a full-time National Volunteer Service position with AmeriCorps to start in August, that includes a monthly stipend and some other benefits. The VISTA will work on outreach ...
Chicago, IL, May 28, 2015 – The Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Inc., in partnership with Reed Smith LLP, settled a federal fair housing discrimination laws...
We are looking for a full-time National Volunteer Service position with AmeriCorps to start in August, that includes a monthly stipend and some other benefits. The VISTA will work on outreach ...
A first-of-its-kind report in Illinois has uncovered widespread underrepresentation of communities of color in local government jurisdictions, including 13 that could potentially face litigation un...
The Law Project (TLP) connects volunteer attorneys with nonprofit organizations and entrepreneurs, providing them with the legal knowledge and resources they need to establish and sustai...
By Paul Strauss, Co-Director of Litigation On March 25, 2015, the Supreme Court issued an important new case protecting the rights to pregnant women to continue working during their pregnan...
By Ruth Greenwood, Voting Rights Project Coordinator The Supreme Court issued a ruling yesterday in the case of Alabama Legislative Black Caucus v. Alabama, reversing and remanding a decision t...
This Sunday, March 15, will mark the 50th anniversary of President Johnson’s powerful speech to a joint session of Congress – and to the nation – about the urgent need ...
The United States Department of Justice has issued a scathing review of the Ferguson Police Department, showing that the City, its Court, and its Police Department used arrests and prosecutions to ...
Sunday, March 8th is the Official 50th Anniversary of Bloody Sunday, the Selma-to-Montgomery March and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. In celebration of this momentous anniversary, twelve of our sta...
A letter from CLC's Director of Fair Housing Betsy Shuman-Moore to the Chicago Reader Editors in response to their story titled Still Separate, Unequal, and Ignored: To the Chicago Read...
RSVP by March 23rd to jschneider@clccrul.org The Greens is a 20-minute personal journey documentary that begins when a white college kid sits in a black barber's chair. They ...
Last night the youth of Chicago came together for a youth-led mayoral candidate forum called Youth Speaks! at the Chicago History Museum. Chicago Lawyers' Committee Staff Attorney Candace Moore...
A new Chicago policy governing the treatment of homeless people and their personal possessions is going into effect. The policy is the successful result of legal work performed by the Chicago...
January 21, 2015 – The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments today in the important case Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (No. 13-1371). The Chicago Lawyers’ Committ...
Two of our staff attorneys, Candace Moore and Jessica Schneider, attended several meetings for a Chicago school discipline reform. They participated in a group for the reform called "Creating ...
The Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights appreciates the Chicago Tribune’s story regarding where tenants with Housing Choice Vouchers live. As the article states, these vouchers,...
July 15, 2013 By:John Flynn Rooney Chicago Daily Law Bulletin staff writer A Chicago-based organization that supports court-relat...
Our City is in a crisis about the planned closing of neighborhood-based public schools. Specifically, as many as 54 Chicago Public Schools will be closed and 61 building structures emptied in addit...
The Chicago Lawyers' Committee mourns the loss of civil rights champion and former Chicago Lawyers’ Committee Executive Director Robert Howard. Mr. Howard served as CLC Executive Director...
Tolearn more about Dr. Berry's work and the Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights, join us for the 44th Annual Meeting. Tickets are $150.00 per person and $1,500.00 for a t...
Nonprofit VOTE recently released America Goes to the Polls-- a report on national turnout and voting trends. The report features useful insight from across the country, including data to supp...
The Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights (CLC) commends the regulation that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) issued on February 5, 2013 entitled “Implem...
Incarceration is one of the most important civil rights issues of our day. With approximately 2.4 million people incarcerate...
For the first time in history, the school-to-prison pipeline was the focus of a Senate hearing. "Wednesday’s Judiciary Committee hearing was a milestone for a movement that has fought to...
Voters aren’t required to show a photo ID in order to vote in Illinois, but some of them might have trouble voting with or without one, mostly because of a state law that allows an...
Thank you so much for Diane Rado’s excellent Tribune article, "Minorities Unequally Disciplined in High School" (Page 1, Sept. 26). At the Chicago Lawyers’ Committe...
http://www.wbez.org/some-indiana-debate-watchers-give-points-romney-102891 Some Indiana debate watchers give points to Romney But, overall, Obama supporters...
Re-printed from The Lawyers' Committee website, here. Groups Urge Court to Uphold Precedent; Call Diversity "a Compelling Interest" W...
FAIR HOUSING STAFF ATTORNEY The Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Inc., a not-for-profit organization with a long and successful history of civil rights litigation an...
In 2011, the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee, with the Hughes, Socol, Piers, Resnick & Dym law firm, filed a lawsuit challenging a criminal background check report prepared by a company named ...
Save the Date for TLP’s Annual Fundraiser “GOODS FOR THE GOOD” Tuesday, November 13, 2012 - 5:30pm-7:30pm The Newberry Library - 60 W. Walton St....
The Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law awarded Kirkland its 2012 Pro Bono Award. The award recognized the exemplary work Kirkland's attorneys have provided for nume...
The Metropolitan Attachment Programme of Hong Kong Baptist University honored 29 students on the June 6 at a tea reception, welcoming them to Chicago to participate in a summer internshi...
. The Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law invites you to our 43rd Annual Meeting, to be held at Palmer House Hilton on Thursday, July 12, 2012 from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM. ...
CLC Board Member Alejandro Caffarelli of Caffarelli & Siegel, together with other named partner Marc J. Siegel, have been awardedIllinois Super Lawyers for 2012. Super Lawyers selects its...
The Chicago Lawyers’ Committee filed an amici curiae brief in the American Tradition Partnership v. Bullock case. Our amici brief was spearheaded by the Campaign Legal Center and joined by ot...
Chicago – The American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois, joined by the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, is asking a state appellate court to reject a claim advanc...
Renee Hatcher joined us today as a Staff Attorney for the Initiative for Northwest Indiana (INWIN.)Renee has been volunteering with us since October of 2011. Renee Hatcher received her Ju...
An excerpt: "Paul Strauss, from the Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law," discussed Lewis v. City of Chicago, a race discrimination disparate impact class action...
The 7th Circuit adopts the arguments made by a member firm in an amicus brief filed on behalf of five Spanish-speaking organizations. The court agreed that the Chicago Board of Elections must provi...
Three years after the Committee brought suit alleging racial and ethnic employment discrimination by the Chicago Police Department, Judge Prentice Marshall finds intentional discrimination, permane...
Article: The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin March 20, 2012 ByBethany Krajelis — bkrajelis@lbpc.com Law Bulletin staff writer Twitter: @bethanykrajelis As voters c...
On Tuesday May 26 at 4:00 Magistrate Judge Denlow and Presiding Magistrate Judge Schenkier will train volunteer lawyers to advocate for a pro se party in a federal court settlement conference. The ...
TLP Staff Attorney Angie Hall was identified as an emerging political leader in Chicago because of the tremendous amount of time, energy and vision she has contributed towards improving ...
On March 9, 2012, Andrea Ott joined the staff of The Law Project of the Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Inc. She will serve as The Law Project's Outreach Coordinator....
The ACLU claims, and the Chicago Lawyers' Committee agrees, that Voter suppression laws including those that require a photo ID in order to vote are a threat to democracy. Requiring a governmen...
CLC is delighted to welcome Marissa Liebling to our staff as a Staff Attorney. Marissa will primarily focus on election protection and voting rights in 2012, but will also have a hand in employment...
Molly Brooks was Outreach Coordinator and a Staff Attorney for The Law Project. She recruited nonprofit clients, develops strategic partnerships with law firms and volunteer attorneys, conduc...
Gabriela Russek was an Associate in the Development and External Affairs Department. She specialized in improving CLC's systems for contact management, workflow co-ordination, and outcomes trac...
The Chicago Lawyers’ Committee recently won a Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) case against a background check company, Infotrack Information Services, Inc. The suit charged ...
The Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights is starting a new pro bono program to represent students at school expulsion hearings. On January 11, 2012, from 9:30 a.m. to ...
On Thursday, December 8 The Law Project's Home Ownership Program celebrated its 355th Choose to Own closing. With this closing, we have exceeded our 2011 goal of 30 CHA closing, marking our 31s...
CLC welcomes Adama Wiltshire, who will be the Development Associate and Executive Assistant. Prior to attending the University of Chicago, Adama interned at the Trinidad and Tobago Natio...
Adama Wiltshire begins her volunteer work at the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee as a Civil Rights Intern.
On October 3, 2011, the DRW Trading Group Foundation made a grant of $10,000 to the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law to support the Hate Crimes Project. The Hate Crimes P...
Save the Date for TLP’s Annual Fundraiser “GOODS FOR THE GOOD” Thursday, November 17, 2011 5:30pm-7:30pm The Newberry Library 60 W. Walton St. – Chicago, ...
On October 13, 2011, Kyle A. Palazzolo, a 3rdyear attorney at Jenner and Block, presented the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law with a $5,000 check, awarded in conju...
The Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights is concerned about employers' refusal to hire job applicants because of criminal convictions from long in the past and the harsh impact that ...
The next steps in hiring class members in the Lewis v. Chicago firefighters case are going forward. Lewis is a race discrimination case involving the discriminatory use of an unjustified cut-off...
Chicago, IL, July 07, 2011--The Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Inc. (CLC) announces that the Chicago Commission on Human Relations found that Chicago housing developer...
The Law Project congratulates Jody Adler, Director of The Law Project, for being selected as a Wasserstein Public Interest Fellow at Harvard Law School for the 2011-12 academic year. Jody has...
The Illinois Bar Foundation today awarded the Chicago Lawyers' Committee a grant to support our organizational growth and expansion, in recognition of our organizational revital...
Sun Hee Choi of the Illinois University College of Law has been named as the Alfred C. Tisdahl Memorial PILI Intern. Choi, who will be at the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee from late May through ...
African-American plaintiffs represented by the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee won another court victory in the Lewis v. City of Chicago race discrimination class action, challenging the City of C...
US Court of Appeals issued a ruling supporting the previous Supreme Court decision concerning Lewis vs. City of Chicago, which alleged discriminatory practices in hiring firefighters. The case now ...
Illinois Legal Aid Online has chosen Nada Abu-Isa of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom to be its May 2011 Pro Bono Volunteer of the Month. The Law Project nominated her for this honor. Nada ...
Chicago, Illinois, April 28, 2011-- The Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Inc. welcomed Debra Walker Johnson to its team as Director of Development and External Affairs o...
Chicago, Illinois, April 28, 2011-- The Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Inc., announces the addition of J. Cunyon Gordon to its team as Director of the Pro Se Litigants...
Civil Rights Fellow Jessica Schneider has been hired as a Staff Attorney and Intake Specialist at the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee. She will work with the Fair Housing Program, where...
The Court of Appeals heard oral arguments on remaining issues Tuesday, March 29, 2011. The arguments were held at the federal courthouse at 219 S. Dearborn St. in Chicago, in the Main Courtro...
CLC welcomes Paul Strauss, the new Director of the Employment Opportunities Project. Paul has had twenty-five years of experience working with employment discrimination and other civil rights cases...
The Chicago Lawyers’ Committee and Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, filed a hate crime lawsuit on behalf of the family of Antwana Muhammad against three men who allegedly perpetrated a racially mo...
Molly Brooks is the new Outreach Coordinator for The Law Project’s Nonprofit Legal Assessment Program. In this capacity, she will help connect nonprofits with pro bono attorneys willing to pr...
The Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Inc. and Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP announced that the Circuit Court for Kankakee County (Illinois) on January 31, 2011 awarded $1.44 ...
Jessica Schneider, who will become Staff Attorney and Intake Specialist, begins her volunteer work at the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee.
The Chicago Lawyers’ Committee recently hired two new Development Associates, Chris Furuya and Gabriela Russek. Previous employees of Jay Readey, they were first exposed to the Chicago Lawyer...
Chicago, Illinois, November 18, 2010 -- The Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Inc. announces that its new Executive Director, Jay Readey, will join the organization on De...
Chicago, IL, August 18, 2010 – It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of recent and longtime Executive Director Clyde E. Murphy. We learned today that Mr. Murphy passed away sudde...
On 8/18/10 the Chicago Commission on Human Relations affirmed its Hearing Officer's liability and damages ruling. CLC represented a Mexican kitchen worker who was harassed on account of h...
The Court of Appeals has ordered the parties to file briefs as to two remaining issues. The Court's order is as follows. ORDER: In their statements filed pursuant to Circuit Rule 54, the ...
The Chicago Lawyers' Committee represents a woman who was harassed on account of her race and age by her employer, a small bakery in Chicago. On June 28, 2010 the Chicago Commission on Human Re...
In June 2010 the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) bestowed its Award for Excellence in Legal Services on CLCCRUL attorney Laurie Wardell for her "tireles...
In May 2010 the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee, determining that the case could move ahead. More specifically, the Supreme Court held that an employment ...
Video available here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ThyIhtrZEGw
On Monday, February 22, 2010 the United States Supreme Court heard oral argument in the Lewis v. Chicago case, a case litigated by CLC since 1998. The plaintiffs challenged Chicago's 1995...
Special Recognition Award ($5,000): Community Economic Development Law Project (CEDLP) – Founded by the Chicago Lawyer’s Committee, the Legal Assistance Foundation and th...
.No. 08-974 IN THE Supreme Court of the United States ARTHUR L. LEWIS, JR., et al., Petitioners, v. CITY OF CHICAGO, Respondent. O...
On Monday, January 25, 2010 Chief Judge Holderman, Presiding Magistrate Judge Schenkier and Magistrate Judge Denlow will train volunteer lawyers to advocate for a pro se party in a federal court se...
SAVE THE DATE To Benefit the Community Economic Development Law Project An evening of food & drink and holiday shopping* Sawbridge Studios Thurs...
Last Friday, November 13, 2009, the federal appeals court in Chicago, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, held that a Jewish family could proceed in its case under federal fair housing laws again...
CLC joined a case brought by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission which alleges that the Executive Chef of a Chicago hotel regularly harassed Latino kitchen workers on account of their race ...
On 9/29/09 the Supreme Court decided to hear our appeal. Because there are over 6500 people in the plaintiff class, we regret that we cannot speak to every class member about the appeal. ...
The Chicago Lawyers' Committee and Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP announced that a jury has awarded a Chicago family of Puerto Rican descent $520,000 in damages in a hate crime and fair housing cas...
CLC filed a sexual harassment case on behalf of Petra Castro, an immigrant worker who was sexually harassed on the job and later fired when she complained about the sexual harassment. CLC is litiga...
For Immediate Release September 3, 2009 Contact: Betsy Shuman-Moore, 312.630.9744 bshuman-moore@clccrul.org Jason Milch, 312.846.964...
Here are articles from the Chicago Tribune, National Law Journal, Chicago Sun-Times,and Hoy on our recent victory in a hate crime fair housing lawsuit. ...
The United States recently filed a brief with the Supreme Court arguing that the Court should hear our appeal, and that our EEOC charges were filed on time. No. 08-974 In the ...
The John Marshall Law School Fair Housing Legal Support Center, in conjunction with the Chicago Fair Housing Education Consortium*, is hosting a Landlord Fair Housing Training on Monday, August 11t...
In February 2009 we asked the United States Supreme Court to consider the case. It is important to understand that the Supreme Court does not have to consider our appeal. In May 2009 the Supreme Co...
CLC recently advocated to strengthen to the Victims' Economic Security & Safety Ac (VESSA), an Illinois law that requires employers to accommodate and treat fairly employees who are victims...
CLC provided assistance to area worker centers and labor unions in passing a new state law that strengthens protections for workers whose employers misuse the federal "E-Verify" employmen...
.CLC welcomes Josefina Navar, the Testing and Outreach Coordinator for the Fair Housing Project. She will conduct intake, investigations, testing for housing discrimination, outreach and education....
On May 29, 2009 the United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois, gave an Award for Excellence in Pro Bono Service to Richard Marcus of Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal, James Condo...
The Cook County Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) has determined that the owner of Jimmy's Place, a small bar in Riverdale, sexually harassed one of its employees by repeatedly propositioning h...
On Thursday, January 22, 2009 at 6:00 the Chicago Lawyers' Committee and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund will host a free clinic for workers who believe they have experi...
The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law ("Lawyers' Committee") and its coalition partners seek volunteer Chicago attorneys, paralegals and law students to assist in Elec...
CHICAGO - Reynel Castillo filed a lawsuit in federal court in Chicago today against his former employer, Prime Staffing, Inc., alleging that the staffing agency illegally fired him for opposing dis...
On Tuesday, September 30, at 4 p.m. the Chicago Lawyers' Committee and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund will host a clinic for workers who believe that they are experienc...
Howrey LLP to be Recognized for Its Pro Bono Contributions at the July 23, 2008 Annual Meeting of the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Inc. Aon to be Hono...
Update 7/14/08: You can follow the Commission's Chicago hearing two ways - the Miami Valley Fair Housing Center is video streaming the day (click here for the ASL video stream) and Justin Massa...
7th Circuit Court of Appeals has issued directions to enter a judgment for the defendant.
From Federal Lawyer, May 2008: "A pioneering program in which volunteer attorneys represent pro se plaintiffs in settlement conferences before the U.S. District Court for the No...
On Wednesday, September 26, 2007, at 6 p.m., CLCCRUL and MALDEF, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund, will host a clinc for workers who believe they may have experienced discrimin...
On Wed, April 30, at 7 p.m. CLCCRUL and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund will host a clinic for workers who believe they have experienced discrimination on the job. A lawyer wh...
CHICAGO – The Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Inc. and Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, today (3/16/08) filed a hate crime lawsuit on behalf of the Jesse and Alisa Rod...
The Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights has released the following statement on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals decision in CLCCRUL v. craigslist: "We are pleased t...
Federal Court Pro Bono Program On Feb 12 at 3 PM CLCCRUL will train volunteer lawyers for the federal court Settlement Assistance Program. Chief Judge James Holdeman, Presiding Magis...
The Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and the Interfaith Housing Center of the Northern Suburbs are looking for Testers. We are seeking committed individuals to participate ...
Reply brief of appellant in the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Inc. v. Craigslist, Inc. case. No. 07-1101 IN THE UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEAL...
The Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights is pleased to report that the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) issued a decision on December 21, 2007 awarding a total of...
CLCCRUL and MALDEF HOST EMPLOYMENT DISCRIMINATION CLINIC On Thursday, November 29, 2007 at 4 P.M. CLCCRUL and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund will collaborate...
The Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Fair Housing Project identified two potentially discriminatory ads for the same property posted to the craigslist website in August 2005. The ads...
On November 8, the City of Chicago and CEDLP will present a training for attorneys interested in representing people who are buying homes owned by the Chicago Community Land Trust. The training wil...
Brief of Amici Curiae by the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Inc. v. Craigslist, Inc. No. 07-1101 IN THE UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR...
Principal brief of appellant for the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Inc. v. Craigslist, Inc. case. PDF version of this brief available here.
SIGNED Principal brief of appellant for the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Inc. v. Craigslist, Inc. case. PDF version available here.
$1.3 Million Awarded to Victims of Post-9/11 Hate Crime For immediate release: August 22, 2007 CHICAGO: A Cook County judge today awarded $1.3 million to Toby Paulose,...
.CLC Welcomes Erica Spangler Raz to our staff as a Staff Attorney for The Law Project. Erica primarily works with The Law Project’s Nonprofit Assistance Program, where she counsels hundreds o...
Lowell E. Sachnoff to Receive the Edwin A. Rothschild Award for Lifetime Achievement in Civil Rights Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw to be Recognized for Its Pro Bono Contributions at the...
The City has a right to challenge both the liability determination (i.e., that the 1995 test was discriminatory) and the remedy (i.e., that we are entitled to 132 jobs and back pay) in this appeal....
CHICAGO - Teresa Oceguera filed a lawsuit in federal court in Chicago on May 7, 2007 against her former employer, Rose Packing Company of Barrington, Illinois, alleging that the company illegally f...
In August 2005, Lolita Lindo contacted the Fair Housing Project of the Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights to report a potentially discriminatory ad. While searching for apartments, Ms....
The United States District Court, in conjunction with the Federal Bar Association, will present Employment Opportunity Project Director Laurie Wardell with an Award for Excellence in Public Interes...
April 25, 2007 from 11:30-1:30 The Role of the Directors and Running a Board Meeting May 8, 2007 from 9:00 -12:00 Legal and Tax Issues for Nonprofit Events Planning
On April 19, 2007, Judge Gottschall issued a remedial injunction Lewis, et al. v. City of Chicago. In summary, the Judge ordered the City to: hire 132 class members over the next two...
The training will be on Wed, March 14, at 4:00 in the Ceremonial Courtroom (2525) in the Dirksen Federal Building, at 219 S. Dearborn. The Settlement Assistance Program provides free legal assistan...
EMPLOYMENT DISCRIMINATION CLINICS LAUNCHED BY RIGHTS GROUPS Clinics seek to unite African American and Latino communities to address common cause &...
Contact: Jason Milch 312-846-9647 milchj@jaffeassociates.com Betsy Shuman-Moore 312-630-9744 bshuman-moore@clccrul.org HATE CRIME LAWSUIT FILED IN KANK...
Attendees at this workshop will gain in-depth knowledge about the legal requirements for creating a nonprofit tax exempt organization and opportunities for pro bono legal assistance. ...
On December 12, 2006 we finished submitting damages evidence in the case.
Reply Memorandum in support of its motion to alter or amend judgment pursuant to rule 59(e) for Craigslist case.
CHICAGO, IL — On November 6, 2006, by a General Order of the Court, Chief Judge James F. Holderman approved a new court-wide program that will allow pro se litigants to have the benefit of an...
The Chicago Human Rhythm Project (CHRP) will present SHEKETAK, a brilliant contemporary percussive dance company - at the Harris Theater Thanksgiving weekend, November 24 and 25, 2006. In conjuncti...
Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Inc.’s motion to alter or amend judgment in the Craigslist, Inc. case. PDF of this document available here. DM_US\8412155.v1...
On Thursday, November 16th, 2006, from 5:30pm until 8pm, please join the Community Economic Development Law Project for an evening of food, drink, and holiday shopping. Sawbridge is donating 15% of...
On Thursday, November 15th, 2006, from 5:30pm until 7:30pm, please join the Community Economic Development Law Project for an evening of food, drink, and holiday shopping. Sawbridge is donating 15%...
Case No. 06 C 0657 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS EASTERN DIVISION CHICAGO LAWYERS’ COMMITTEE FOR CIVIL RIGHTS UNDER ...
VIDEOCONFERENCE: Key Issues In Employment Law For The Not-For- Profit Agency: Navigating The Rough Road Ahead Thursday, November 2, 2006 Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw LLP &nbs...
In October 2006 the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois approved a new Chicago Lawyers' Committee pro bono program which will provide free legal assistance to pro...
On September 11 at 1:00 the Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights (along with the EEOC) will conduct a one hour training session for lawyers who wish to represent Charging Parties in EEOC...
PDF of this document is available here.
Contacts: Shanna Smith, President and CEO (202) 898-1661 Deidre Swesnik, Director of Communications (202) 277-4437 deidre@nationalfairhousing.org Undercover Inv...
Don’t let others close the door on you! Housing discrimination is against the law. Learn more. Latinos United and the General Mexican Consulate invite you to the forum: ...
Surreply brief in opposition to Craiglist’s motion for judgment on the pleading, during the CLCCRUL v. Craiglist, Inc. case. Filed on June 29, 2006. PDF of this document available here.
Brief of Amici Amazon.com, AOL, Google, Yahoo!, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Internet Commerce Coalition, Netchoice, Netcoalition, Untied States Internet Service Provider Association in support ...
On June 1, 2006 our trial court judge, Judge Gottschall, ruled on our request that she order immediate remedial hiring. The judge declined to order immediate remedial hiring, and instead ordered th...
Brief of Amicus Curiae National Fair Housing Alliance in support of Plaintiff. CLCCRUL v. Craigslist case. Read a PDF of this brief here.
Strategic Legal Thinking for Not-for-Profit Executives Sponsored by Pfizer Wednesday, May 24, 2006 Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw LLP 71 S. Wacker Drive - Chicago, Illinois...
Memorandum in opposition to defendant’s motion for judgment on the pleadings on CLCCRUL, Inc. v. Craigslist, Inc. case. A PDF of this document is available here.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 2, 2006 Federal Jury Awards $230,000 in Fox Lake Skinhead Attack A jury in federal court on May 2 ordered three alleged skinheads to pay ...
New Program Will Provide Free Legal Representation to Civil Litigants in Federal Court For immediate release: For further information contact Laurie Wardell at Chicago Lawyers&rs...
On April 27, 2006 we asked our trial judge to immediately order the City to begin remedial hiring of class members. We also asked the judge to prohibit the City from taking down the eligibility lis...
Local brick masonry firm Ceisel Masonry will pay $500,000 to resolve a racial harassment case brought by the Chicago Lawyers' Committee, Howrey, LLP and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commiss...
HISPANIC WORKERS CALLED "SPICS" AND "WETBACKS" SUE LOCAL MASONRY FIRM FOR HARASSMENT For immediate release. For further information contact: Laurie Wardel...
Community Economic Development Law Project and CPAs for the Public Interest present... Officers and Directors Roles and Responsibilities for Nonprofit Boards ...
For immediate release: For further information contact Laurie Wardell or Elyssa Winslow Chicago Lawyers’ Committee For Civil Rights Under Law 312-630-9744 lwardell@clccrul.org...
On January 5, 1976, Judge Prentice Marshall issued the final decision in a series of consolidated cases challenging the employment practices of the Chicago Police Department as discriminatory again...
EOP persuaded the Illinois Department of Human Rights to redact the names of workers who sue for arrest record discrimination from the IDHR’s published opinions. The IDHR’s publication ...
In 2003, the Chicago Board of Education and the Department of Justice jointly submitted a proposed modification to the consent decree in the Chicago school desegregation case, U.S. v. Chicago Board...
The Illinois Attorney General appointed the project director of the Employment Opportunity Project to the position of Special Assistant Attorney General, to lead a team of government lawyers in def...
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, August 9, 2005 For further information, contact: Clyde Murphy, Chicago Lawyers’ Committee (312) 630-9744 PROFESSOR AND AU...
On July 28, 2005, class counsel filed a brief both opposing that request and also urging that the issue of awarding firefighter jobs to class members should be addressed first.
On July 21st, 2005, the City filed its own motion, seeking discovery from class members regarding both their earnings and medical history since 1995.
On June 21, 2005, class counsel filed a motion requesting that the Court order hiring of class members as the first part of a remedy for the City's violation of class members' rights.
On March 22, 2005 Judge Gottschall ruled that the City's use of the 89 cut score on the 1995 test was discriminatory. Specifically, the judge held that the City had not shown that the 1995 test...
For further information, contact: Betsy Shuman-Moore Chicago Lawyers' Committee: 312-630-9744, bshuman-moore@clccrul.org CHICAGO . . . On Thursday, March 17th Abbas Salmi and...
In three separate hate crime cases, African American plaintiffs are awarded nearly $1.5 million in compensatory and punitive damages for racially motivated attacks that occurred in 2000. Antonio Ra...
In Ralphs Grocery Co. v. Doris Martinez and the Illinois Department of Human Rights, a nationwide employer with a policy forbidding employees from filing charges of discrimination with state invest...
POST-9/11 HATE CRIME LAWSUIT FILED For immediate release: October 26, 2004 For further information, contact: Betsy Shuman-Moore, Chicago Lawyers' Committee phone: 312-630...
For further information, contact: Betsy Shuman-Moore, Chicago Lawyers' Cmte., 312-630-9744 Brian Pitts, Kirkland & Ellis, 312-861-3115 African-American Family Inj...
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 17, 2004 CONTACT: Clyde Murphy: (312) 630-9744, cmurphy@clccrul.org www.clccrul.org Studs Terkel, And Civil Rights Lawyers, Judd Miner, Matt Pie...
COOK COUNTY JUDGE AND JURIES CONDEMN HATE CRIME IN THREE CASES IN CIVIL COURT IN APRIL AND MAY 2004 In three separate cases this spring, a Cook County judge and juries awarded plaint...
NEWS RELEASE May 24, 2004 For immediate release: Contact: Art Menke Tel 312 923-2638 Fax 312 923-2703 amenke@jenner.com Damages Awarded ...
The Chicago Lawyers’ Committee files Wallace, et al., v. Chicago Housing Authority, alleging that the CHA failed to provide adequate relocation assistance and effective social services to fam...
In 2003, the Chicago Board of Education and the Department of Justice jointly submitted a proposed modification to the consent decree in the Chicago school desegregation case, U.S. v. Chicago Board...
The Chicago Lawyers' Committee was retained by five client groups composed of minority and women contractors to represent their interests in maintaining the Minority and Women Business Enterpri...
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 6/23/2003 For Further Information, Contact Clyde E. Murphy (312) 630-9744 In...
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 19, 2002 For further information, contact: Clyde Murphy, Chicago Lawyers' Committee (312) 630-9744 NAACP CHAIRMAN AND CIVIL RIGHTS LEADER, JUL...
CONTACT: Jeff Nowak, McDermott, Will & Emery (312) 984-6484 jnowak@mwe.com Sharon K. Legenza, Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Inc. (3...
Contact: John Z. Lee, Freeborn & Peters: (312) 360-6738 Sharon K. Legenza, Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Inc., (312) 630-9744 DISABLED...
The Committee files a class action on behalf of approximately seventy women who worked at a regional car dealership, when the management unleashed a campaign of sexual harassment on its female work...
CONTACT: Clyde Murphy, Betsy Shuman-Moore, 312-630-974 Jack Block, 312-207-6486 JUDGE AWARDS $500,000 TO CLEVAN NICHOLSON, A VICTIM,WITH LENARD CLARK, OF HATE CRIME &...
CHICAGO LAWYERS’ COMMITTEE OFFERS ASSISTANCE TO HATE CRIME VICTIMS For Immediate Release:&nb...
The Project to Combat Bias Violence initiates an outreach campaign to the Chicago area Arab and Muslim population in the wake September 11th backlash crimes. The Project presents information hate c...
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Nina E. Vinik, Fair Housing Project Director, Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Inc., (312) 630-9744, nvinik@clccrul.org T...
Following the US Census in 2000, the Democrats gain the ability to draw the new state district map, but are challenged by the Illinois Republican Party, whose lawsuit alleges that the map is not in...
The Olympia Fields Board of Trustees rejected an application for approval of a state-licensed day care home as inconsistent with local zoning ordinances concerning the uses of residential property....
The Olympia Fields Board of Trustees rejected an application for approval of a state-licensed day care home as inconsistent with local zoning ordinances concerning the uses of residential property....
Under a U.S. E.E.O.C. mediation program, charging parties and employers engage in voluntary efforts to settle charges of employment discrimination without litigation. Because defendants frequently ...
CLC obtains a precedent of national significance: that testers have standing to sue for employment discrimination, even where the testers themselves did not seek employment.
1,300 African American women who disembarked at O'Hare International Airport and were subject to an invasive search for drugs, including strip-searches and x-rays, file suit against the United ...
A coalition of fair and affordable housing advocates, including the Chicago Lawyers' Committee, came together to examine the use of Tax Increment Financing ("TIF") in Illinois, and th...
In coalition with the Leadership Council for Metropolitan Open Communities and Woodstock Institute the Committee begins to investigate and advocate on behalf of greater access and affordability of ...
In 1998, a Lake County jury awarded the Arroyo family $6 million, the highest amount ever under the Illinois Hate Crime Act. The lawsuit charged that David Killian physically attacked two Latino yo...
The Chicago Lawyers’ Committee filed a lawsuit in 1998 which argued that the Chicago Fire Department's use of a very high cut score on the 1995 firefighter entrance exam discriminated aga...
A Title 1 reform program opens, to enable schools serving poor and minority children to improve the educational opportunities for these children. The reform program succeeds in getting the Chicago ...
A lawsuit filed on behalf of the South Austin Coalition Community Council and a number of home-purchasers alleges that Easy Life Real Estate System, Inc. and Ace Realtors, Inc bought fire-damaged, ...
After a year-long investigation, the Chicago Lawyers' Committee releases a report entitled Environmental Injustice: Community Perspectives on Silver Shovel, which detailed the efforts of reside...
Working as part of the steering committee of the state-wide Coalition for Equal Opportunity, the Committee successfully organizes opposition to proposed legislation to abolish affirmative action in...
Jody Adler would eventually become the Director of The Law Project.
In Ramos v. Kraft, a vicious 10-year campaign of harassment and hate crime ends when a settlement that includes an agreement by the Krafts to sell their house and move is finally reached. The settl...
A Small Business Development Program is established to provide legal assistance to new entrepreneurs setting up businesses in inner-city neighborhoods.
On behalf of a group of Latino individuals and housing organizations, the Committee has brought a major class action housing discrimination suit against HUD and CHA, alleging the severe underrepres...
In a statewide class action, Marie O. v. State Board of Education, plaintiffs allege that Illinois has failed to meet its obligations to provide early childhood intervention for children with disab...
On behalf of various women's low cost health services providers, the Committee files an amicus brief with the Supreme Court in NOW v. Scheidler, arguing that the protesters' criminal attemp...
A group of four fair housing organizations join forces to end the illegal use of only white people as models in housing advertising, and convince numerous developers to integrate their ads.
The Committee returns its attention to Juvenile Court with the establishment of the Children's Advocacy Project. One of the Project's major focuses is the overrepresentation of poor African...
Filed in 1973, this race, national origin, and sex employment discrimination case, brought against the Chicago Police Department, is finally resolved as hundreds of officers receive their long over...
Chicago Urban League v. State Board of Elections leads to the creation of the first majority Latino congressional districts in Illinois, while preserving three minority African-American districts. ...
The Committee sues the Immigration and Naturalization Service, challenging the INS detention system, under which alien detainees are rotated daily among several unsanitary, inaccessible facilities ...
Elizabeth "Betsy" Shuman-Moore will eventually become the Director of the Hate Crimes Project, and then the Fair Housing Project.
Childhood lead poisoning, a preventable epidemic that overwhelmingly affects poor African American and Latino children, is the subject of a precedent setting case filed on behalf of an African Amer...
In Rochon v. FBI, the Committee joins in the suit against the FBI, the Department of Justice, and individual FBI agents for extreme, prolonged racial harassment, including death threats. Counsel se...
The Committee establishes the Project to Combat Bias Violence which provides assistance in civil and criminal court to victims of hate crime.
In the Project's first case, an all white jury awards $475,000 in damages to an African American man who was the victim of a hate crime in Bridgeport. This is the first civil action in which da...
The Lawyers' School Reform Advisory Project begins to refer lawyers to Chicago's local school councils and school reform organizations. The Project allows the private bar to support the Chi...
The Committee brings the first federal "anti-patient dumping" case filed in the nation against a hospital for refusing emergency care to uninsured or underinsured patients who have a life...
Two member firms conduct a ten-week trial in Jones v. CTA, a case of first impression, in which the Illinois Human Rights Commission rules that as a public accommodation, the CTA must provide acces...
Efforts to assist the homeless intensify, and include providing counsel to several shelters, giving advice to homeless people seeking to use vacant CHA units during cold weather, and defending seve...
The Committee negotiates substantial settlements in seven separate cases against suburban Cook County building owners, management companies, and realtors who deny rentals to families with children....
A consent decree in Kissane v. Brown prescribes procedures governing virtually every aspect of the administration of the Lake County Jail, including disciplinary and grievance procedures, inmate cl...
The Committee brings an action against a group of private developers and government officials, alleging that federal laws governing the use of rehabilitation funds require the developers to fulfill...
Committee attorneys successfully meet with state officials and achieve a greatly expanded Women, Infants and Children food supplement program, particularly for Chicago.
The Community Economic Development Law Project, a joint effort of the Committee, LAFC, and the Young Lawyers Section of the CBA, begins providing tax, corporate, and real estate counsel to communit...
Minority voters win an important victory in Ketchum v. Chicago City Council, when the 7th Circuit holds that an aldermanic redistricting plan had been designed to dilute minority voting strength.
Damages of more than $500,000 are awarded to the leaders and members of the Afro-American Patrolmen's League to compensate for police harassment during the pendency of their suit charging syste...
Assistance to community groups remains a key part of the Committee's work; this year alone, over 60 organizations received assistance with incorporation, applying for tax-exempt status, and mat...
Assistance to community groups remains a key part of the Committee's work; this year alone, over 60 organizations received assistance with incorporation, applying for tax-exempt status, and mat...
The City settles the nine-year-old N.O.W. v. City of Chicago equal pay case, benefitting hundreds of women janitresses and women clerks through salary upgrades, retroactive pension benefits, and $4...
With funding from the Cook County Legal Assistance Foundation, Pro Bono Advocates is founded to provide services to indigent clients, particularly survivors of domestic violence. In the first year,...
A consent decree settles Chicago Lawyers' Committee v. City of Chicago, filed in 1976 when the Committee discovered that the defendants had engaged in covert activities and data collection, inc...
The Committee begins working on projects to address discrimination against people with disabilities. Projects are developed in the virtually untested areas of housing and public accommodations, as ...
On behalf of several fair housing groups, the Committee successfully files an administrative complaint with HUD, challenging DuPage County's use of Community Development Block Grants, in partic...
After the court invalidates the at-large system of electing the City Council in a case brought by the Committee, for the first time since 1897, two Black men are elected to Cairo's City Commiss...
The Committee begins the Introduction to Legal Learning Program, a course designed to give minority and returning law students a better understanding of the law and the "case method" as w...
In response to the overwhelming number of requests for assistance with employment discrimination cases, the Committee opens a loan program designed to defray costs and provide technical assistance ...
In Burroughs v. Hill, the Committee represents a group of homeowners and an association seeking to hold HUD responsible for failing to repair and maintain abandoned buildings.
In conjunction with Northwestern's Center for Urban Affairs, the Committee issues a study on the impact of zoning and other land-use regulations on housing for low- and moderate-income and mino...
The Committee returns to Cairo to establish the Alexander County Defenders Project since no full-time public defender is available for indigent defendants. Because of the presence of an independent...
In P.A.S.E. v. Chicago Board of Education, the Committee challenges the Board's use of discriminatory tests that result in the disproportionate placement of minority children in Educationally M...
A three-judge court in Tidwell v. Weinberger holds that the Illinois Department of Mental Health's seizure of Social Security disability benefits received by patients in state run facilities vi...
The Committee successfully settles an action against the Mayor of Cairo, Illinois and the Alexander County Board of Commissioners when the County agrees to appoint Blacks to nine public boards in p...
Twenty-two groups, including the Committee, establish the Criminal Defense Consortium of Cook County, which opens six neighborhood defender offices in high crime areas to serve indigent criminal de...
The Organization for the North East, a group seeking to induce local lending institutions to increase community investment through the threat of withdrawal of savings deposits, is being advised on ...
The Committee is representing a class of over 1200 Black South Side homeowners who purchased new homes at inflated prices under land installment contracts, alleging that the developers discriminate...
With the Leadership Council as co-counsel, the Committee files Metropolitan Housing Development Corporation v. Village of Arlington Heights, challenging the municipality's refusal to rezone vac...
As part of its ongoing commitment to continuing legal education, the Committee co-sponsors a conference on the scope and impact of the Jack Spring v. Little decision, which recognized that a lessee...
A member firm represents a large group of south suburban purchasers of defective housing in successful negotiations with the developers to remedy the defects.
On the basis of a study, two member firms represent four organizations in an Illinois Supreme Court amicus brief, arguing that the procedures for transferring juveniles to adult court are unconstit...
Providing legal counsel to community organizations is a major activity of the Committee, accounting for nearly half of the Committee's projects, including corporate and tax issues, counseling, ...
The Committee successfully advocates with the U.S. Attorney General to convene a special federal Grand Jury to investigate the deaths of Black Panther leaders Mark Clark and Fred Hampton, killed du...
Using data collected by two major universities, the Committee files a federal class action challenging city-wide disparities in the per-pupil instructional expenditures made in Chicago's Black ...
The Committee facilitates an arrangement with the Public Defender and the Chief Judge of the Juvenile Division, whereby member firms will take appeals in cases that raise constitutional issues. The...
Several member firms are representing local organizations whose members live in the path of urban renewal to make certain that the community's interests are considered, and that all who are dis...