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Washington Lawyers' Committee

From its inception in 1968, the mission of the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs has been to mobilize the resources of the private bar to address issues of civil rights violations and poverty in our community. Over the past 45 years, the Committee’s efforts and programs have expanded from a small staff focused primarily on issues of racial discrimination into a far larger organization providing pro bono representation in a broad range of civil rights and related poverty issues impacting every group protected by our federal, state and local civil rights laws.

The Committee’s active litigation docket of more than 100 matters includes individual cases and class actions, as well as other larger law reform cases. It also includes a significant focus on public policy advocacy.

Today, the Committee operates specific projects focused on:
  • Employment rights
  • Fair housing and lending
  • Public accommodations
  • Immigrant & refugee rights
  • Disability rights
  • DC prisoners’ rights
  • Public education

The below cases represent a special subset of the full Clearinghouse collection.
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1 CASA de Maryland v. Trump
8:18-cv-00845-GJH (D. Md.)
Filed 2018 - Case Ongoing
United States
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-MD-0009
Coding Complete
On Mar. 23, 2018, three Temporary Protected Status (TPS) recipients from El Salvador, as well as the immigrants' rights organization Casa de Maryland which has many Salvadorian members, filed this lawsuit. Represented by the Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs and the private law firm Akin Gump Strauss, the plaintiffs ... [view]
2 Doe v. Shenandoah Valley Juvenile Center Commission
5:17-cv-00097 (W.D. Va.)
Filed 10/04/2017 - Case Ongoing
Shenandoah Valley Juvenile Center Commission
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-VA-0006
Staunton (independent) city
Coding Complete
On October 4, 2017, a teenage unaccompanied minor (Doe 1) in immigration detention filed this class-action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia under the federal civil rights statute 42 U.S.C. § 1983 in which he challenged the conditions of his confinement. Represented by the Washington Lawyers' Committee for ... [view]
3 McCreary v. Federal Bureau of Prisons
1:17-cv-01011-YK-SES (M.D. Pa.)
Filed 06/09/2017 - Case Ongoing
United States of America
Bureau of Prisons
Prison Conditions
PC-PA-0044
Coding Complete
On June 9, 2017, three mentally ill prisoners of the U.S. Penitentiary at Lewisburg (USP Lewisburg) filed this class-action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania. The case was assigned to Judge Yvette Kane. The plaintiffs sued the Federal Bureau of Prisons, alleging that the defendants’ failure to provide ... [view]
4 Casa De Maryland v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security
8:17-cv-02942-RWT (D. Md.)
Filed 2017 - Case Ongoing
Department of Homeland Security
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-MD-0006
Coding Complete
This lawsuit, brought on October 5, 2017, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, challenged President Trump's revocation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The plaintiffs were a group of nonprofit organizations and DACA recipients who sought to enjoin the federal government from ending the program. Not ... [view]
5 Levy v. Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections
3:16-cv-00542-JWD-EWD (M.D. La.)
Filed 08/16/2016 - Case Ongoing
Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections
Prison Conditions
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-LA-0004
Coding Complete
On August 16, 2016, probationers and parolees who are deaf or have hearing impairments and who are under the control and supervision of the Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections ("LDPSC"), brought this class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana. The plaintiffs sued the LDPSC and its ... [view]
6 Stanley v. BarBri
3:16-cv-01113 (N.D. Tex.)
Filed 04/25/2016 - Case Ongoing
Barbri, Inc.
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
DR-TX-0003
Coding Complete
On April 25, 2016, three individuals that were blind and enrolled in the BarBri bar exam preparation course filed this putative class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas. The plaintiffs brought this suit against BarBri Inc., aka BarBri Bar Review, a company that sells and provides products for bar exam ... [view]
7 Briggs v. Mass. Dept. of Corrections
1:15-cv-40162 (D. Mass.)
Filed 11/24/2015 - Case Ongoing
Commissioner
Massachusetts Department of Correction
Prison Conditions
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
PC-MA-0046
Coding Complete
On November 24, 2015, several inmates with hearing disabilities filed this class action in the District Court for the District of Massachusetts. The plaintiffs sued the Massachusetts Department of Correction and the Massachusetts Partnership for Correctional Healthcare under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Rehabilitation Act, 42 U.S ... [view]
8 Cote v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
1:15-cv-12945-WGY (D. Mass.)
Filed 07/14/2015 - Closed 2017
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
Equal Employment
EE-MA-0023
Coding Complete
On July 14, 2015, a female Walmart employee filed this class action lawsuit against Wal-Mart in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts. Represented by the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs and the Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders, the plaintiff alleged that Wal-Mart had intentionally deprived ... [view]
9 Robinson v. Farley
1:15-cv-00803-KBJ (D.D.C.)
Filed 06/01/2015 - Case Ongoing
District of Columbia
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Criminal Justice (Other)
DR-DC-0005
District of Columbia County
Coding Complete
On June 1, 2015, a young man with cerebral palsy and his caretaker filed this suit in the U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia. The plaintiffs sued Prince George's County, Maryland and the District of Columbia as well as their respective police departments under 42 U.S.C. §1983, 42 U.S.C. §1231 (Title II of the Americans with ... [view]
10 McBride v. Michigan Department of Corrections
2:15-cv-11222 (E.D. Mich.)
Filed 03/31/2015 - Case Ongoing
Michigan Department of Corrections
Prison Conditions
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
PC-MI-0036
Coding Complete
On March 31, 2015, three prisoner-plaintiffs filed this putative class action lawsuit against the Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC), alleging that MDOC was discriminating against them and other deaf and hard of hearing prisoners. The case was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, and was assigned to Judge ... [view]
11 Little v. Washington Metro. Area Transit Auth.
No. 1:14-cv-01289 (D.D.C.)
Filed 07/30/2014 - Closed 2018
Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authoirty
Equal Employment
EE-DC-0075
District of Columbia County
Coding Complete
On July 30, 2014, nine African American employees with criminal records filed this lawsuit (on behalf of a putative class of similar employees) in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia under 42 U.S.C. § 2000e against the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) and its contractors. The plaintiffs, represented by the ... [view]
12 Adams & Knights v. Kentucky
3:14-cv-00001-GFVT (E.D. Ky.)
Filed 01/01/2014 - Case Ongoing
Kentucky Department of Corrections
Prison Conditions
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
DR-KY-0001
Coding Complete
On January 1, 2014, deaf and hard of hearing prisoners in the Kentucky prison system filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky on behalf of themselves and those similarly situated against the Commonwealth of Kentucky, the Kentucky Department of Corrections, several other departments of the Commonwealth of ... [view]
13 Carr v. Samuels
2:14-cv-00001-WTL-WGH (S.D. Ind.)
Filed 2014 - Case Ongoing
United States Department of Justice
Federal Bureau of Prisons
Prison Conditions
PC-IN-0018
Washington, DC
Coding Complete
On January 3, 2013, Muslim prisoners filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana. The plaintiffs sued the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) for failing to provide certified halal meals to the prisoners. Represented by private counsel, the plaintiffs alleged that the failure to provide a halal-certified diet was ... [view]
14 Berke v. Federal Bureau of Prisons
1:12-cv-1347-ESH (D.D.C.)
Filed 08/14/2012 - Closed 2013
Federal Bureau of Prisons
Federal Bureau of Prisons
Prison Conditions
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
PC-DC-0032
District of Columbia County
Coding Complete
On August 14, 2012, a deaf individual awaiting his BOP surrender date filed this lawsuit in the United States District Court of the District of Columbia. The plaintiff sued the Federal Bureau of Prisons (“BOP”), and the Director of BOP under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the First, Fifth, and Eighth Amendments. The plaintiff, represented ... [view]
15 Scott v. Clarke
3:12-cv-00036 (W.D. Va.)
Filed 07/24/2012 - Case Ongoing
Virginia Department of Corrections
Fluvanna Correctional Center for Women
Prison Conditions
PC-VA-0017
Coding Complete
On July 24, 2012, prisoners detained at the Fluvanna Correctional Center for Women ("FCCW") filed this class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia, under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and 28 U.S.C. § 2201, against the Virginia Department of Corrections ("DOC") and Armor Correctional Health Services, Inc. ("Armor") ... [view]
16 Cunningham v. Federal Bureau of Prisons
1:12-cv-01570 (D. Colo.)
Filed 06/18/2012 - Case Ongoing
Federal Bureau of Prisons
ADX
Prison Conditions
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
PC-CO-0019
Florence
Coding Complete
On June 18, 2012, prisoners at an Administrative Maximum Facility prison in Florence (ADX), filed this class action lawsuit in the United States District Court for the District of Colorado against the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) and certain BOP officials who were responsible for the operation of ADX. Represented by private counsel and the ... [view]
17 Jarboe v. Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services
1:12-cv-00572-ELH (D. Md.)
Filed 02/23/2012 - Closed 2015
Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services
Prison Conditions
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
PC-MD-0012
Coding Complete
On February 23, 2012, five Maryland state prisoners who are deaf filed a class-action lawsuit in the United States District Court for the District of Maryland against the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services and other state entities under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. Represented by private counsel, the U.S. Department of Justice, ... [view]
18 In the Matter of Rates for Interstate Inmate Calling Services / Wright Petition II
WC Docket No. 12-375 (No Court)
Filed 2012 - Case Ongoing
Federal Communications Commission
Prison Conditions
PC-DC-0028
Washington, DC
Coding Complete
This is a matter before the Federal Communications Commission, dealing with high charges for prisoner phone calls. It is a continuation of the FCC matter CC Docket 96-128 regarding the First and Alternative Wright Petitions (PC-DC-0027). In that matter, the FCC had received ... [view]
19 Richardson v. Kane
3:11-cv-02266-WJN-DB (M.D. Pa.)
Filed 12/07/2011 - Case Ongoing
Federal Bureau of Prisons
Prison Conditions
PC-PA-0035
Lewisburg
Coding Complete
On December 7, 2011, plaintiff, a male prisoner, filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court of the Middle District of Pennsylvania under Bivens against the Federal Bureau of Prisons. The plaintiff, represented by public interest lawyers, asked the court for compensatory and punitive damages on behalf of himself and an injunction preventing ... [view]
20 Shelton v. Kane
3:11-cv-01618-WJN-DB (M.D. Pa.)
Filed 08/29/2011 - Closed 2017
Federal Bureau of Prisons
Prison Conditions
PC-PA-0034
Coding Complete
On August 29, 2011, plaintiff, a male Muslim prisoner, filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court of the Middle District of Pennsylvania under Bivens and the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) against the Federal Bureau of Prisons. The plaintiff, represented by public interest lawyers, asked the court for compensatory and punitive damages on behalf of ... [view]
21 Heyer v. United States Bureau of Prisons
5:11-ct-03118-D (E.D.N.C.)
Filed 06/20/2011 - Case Ongoing
United States Bureau of Prisons
Prison Conditions
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
PC-NC-0014
Coding Complete
On June 20, 2011, two deaf prisoners filed this lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina against the federal Bureau of Prisons. Represented by private counsel and the Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights, the plaintiffs filed pursuant to Bivens claiming violations of the Rehabilitation Act ... [view]
22 Minnis v. Johnson
1:10-cv-00096-TSE -TRJ (E.D. Va.)
Filed 01/29/2010 - Closed 2016
Virginia Department of Corrections
Prison Conditions
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
PC-VA-0019
Coding Complete
On January 29, 2010, prisoners in the Virginia Department of Corrections (VDOC) who were deaf or hard of hearing filed this class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia under the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Rehabilitation Act, the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act of 2000, and ... [view]
23 Montoya v. SCCP Painting Contractors, Inc.
1:07-cv-00455-CCB (D. Md.)
Filed 02/21/2007 - Closed 2009
S.C.C.P Painting Contractors Inc
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-MD-0001
Coding Complete
On February 21, 2007, Plaintiffs, all of whom were employed by S.C.C.P Painting Contractors Inc., filed a class action lawsuit against S.C.C.P Contractors Inc. under the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Maryland Wage and Hour Law, the Maryland Wage Payment and Collection Law, the D.C. Minimum Wage Law, the D.C. payment and Collection of Wages Law, ... [view]
24 Mathis v. GEO Group, Inc.
2:08-ct-00021 (E.D.N.C.)
Filed 2007 - Closed 2012
GEO Group, Inc.
Prison Conditions
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
PC-NC-0017
Coding Complete
This is a case about poor conditions at a North Carolina private prison. On June 28, 2007, a group of men held at the Rivers Correctional Institution in North Carolina brought this class action suit in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. They sued GEO Group, Inc., the private company that owned and operated the prison, ... [view]
25 Anderson v. Williams
2005 CA 005030 B (State Court)
Filed 06/29/2005 - Closed
District of Columbia
Jail Conditions
JC-DC-0008
Coding Complete
On June 29, 2005, seven D.C. Jail inmates, represented by the D.C. Prisoners' Legal Services Project and the private law firm of Wiley, Rein & Fielding, filed a civil rights lawsuit in the D.C. Superior Court to challenge severe overcrowding at the Jail and to force compliance with the D.C. Jail Improvement Act of 2003. Plaintiffs alleged that ... [view]
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