Amicus Briefs

Shelby County v. Holder (2013)

The NYLS Racial Justice Project filed an amicus brief on behalf of Congressman John Lewis in Shelby County v. Holder, a challenge to the constitutionality of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which will be argued before the U.S. Supreme Court in February. Read more about the case here.

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Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin (2012)

The New York Law School Racial Justice Project filed an amicus curiae brief in Fisher v. The University of Texas at Austin, a case the U.S. Supreme Court will hear in October.  The case is a challenge to UT Austin’s consideration of race as a factor in undergraduate admissions and will be the first time the Court addresses affirmative action in higher education since Grutter v. Bollinger in 2003. Read more about the case here.

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Hithon v. Tyson Foods (2010)

The New York Law School Racial Justice Project filed a brief in a case in the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, Hithon v. Tyson Foods.  The brief was submitted on behalf of pioneers of the civil rights movement, including Hon. U.W. Clemon, Alabama’s first African-American federal judge;  Rev. Joseph E. Lowery, a founder and former president of the SCLC; Rev. Fred L. Shuttlesworth, a founder of SCLC; Rev. C.T. Vivian, Executive Staff for the SCLC; Dr. Wyatt Tee Walker, former Chief of Staff to Dr. King; the Hon. Andrew Young, former Executive Director of the SCLC, Mayor of Atlanta, Congressman, and Ambassador to the United Nations; and Rev. Robert S. Graetz, Jr., a leader of the Montgomery Bus Boycott. In Hithon v. Tyson Foods,  Mr. Hithon, an African-American man, claims that Tyson Foods discriminated against  him when it denied him a promotion.  Two Alabama juries found for Mr. Hithon and awarded him substantial damages.  The appeals court, however, reversed both juries. Mr. Hithon is now seeking to have the en banc court of appeals rehear the case.

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Frank Ricci v. John Destefano (2009)

The New York Law School Racial Justice Project filed a brief in a case in the United States Second Circuit Court of Appeals in Frank Ricci v. John Destefano, in a case concerning racially motivated employment practices.

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