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Brennan Center for Justice
The Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law is a nonpartisan law and policy institute that seeks to improve our systems of democracy and justice. We work to hold our political institutions and laws accountable to the twin American ideals of democracy and equal justice for all. The Center’s work ranges from voting rights to campaign finance reform, from ending mass incarceration to preserving Constitutional protection in the fight against terrorism. Part think tank, part advocacy group, part cutting-edge communications hub, we start with rigorous research. We craft innovative policies. And we fight for them — in Congress and the states, the courts, and in the court of public opinion.
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1 National Urban League v. Ross
5:20-cv-05799 (N.D. Cal.)
Filed 08/18/2020 - Case Ongoing
U.S. Department of Commerce
Public Benefits / Government Services
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On August 18, 2020, a coalition of cities, counties, Indian tribes, advocacy organizations, and individuals represented by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights, the Brennan Center for Justice, and the law firm Latham & Watkins LLP sued the U.S. Department of Commerce (“Department”), the Department Secretary, the U.S. Census Bureau (“ ... [view]
2 Doc Society v. Pompeo
1:19-cv-03632 (D.D.C.)
Filed 12/05/2019 - Case Ongoing
Department of Justice
U.S. State Department and Homeland Security
Immigration and/or the Border
Speech and Religious Freedom
District of Columbia County
Coding Complete
On December 5, 2019, Doc Society and the International Documentary Associate, U.S.-based documentary film organizations that host screenings and discussions with international partners, filed this lawsuit on behalf of themselves as well as their members and partners. The plaintiffs sued the U.S. State Department in the U.S. District Court for the ... [view]
3 Jones v. DeSantis
4:19-cv-00300 (N.D. Fla.)
Filed 06/15/2019 - Case Ongoing
Ten Florida Counties
Supervisor of Elections
Election/Voting Rights
Criminal Justice (Other)
Coding Complete
In the fall of 2018, Florida voters amended the Florida Constitution, restoring voting rights to most people convicted of felonies “upon completion of all terms of sentence, including parole or probation.” (This excluded people convicted of murder or sexual offenses.) On June 28, 2019, Governor Ron DeSantis signed Senate Bill 7066 into law, ... [view]
4 Zakzok v. Trump
1:17-cv-02969-GLR (D. Md.)
Filed 10/06/2017 - Case Ongoing
President Donald Trump
DHS, DOS, Elaine Duke, Rex Tillerson
Immigration and/or the Border
Coding Complete
This lawsuit was filed on October 6, 2017 over Section 2 of President Trump’s Sep. 24, 2017 Proclamation ("Executive Order #3" or "EO-3") barring travel to the United States from six Muslim-majority countries. The plaintiffs were U.S. citizens or permanent residents who would not be able to reunite with their family members or who otherwise ... [view]
5 Brennan Center for Justice v. U.S. Department of State
1:17-cv-07520-JGK (S.D.N.Y.)
Filed 10/02/2017 - Case Ongoing
U.S. Department of State
Immigration and/or the Border
Coding Complete
On October 2, 2017, the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law brought this suit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Represented by Muslim Advocates and private counsel, the Brennan Center sued the Department of State (DOS) under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The Brennan Center is ... [view]
6 Alasaad v. Duke
1:17-cv-11730-DJC (D. Mass.)
Filed 09/13/2017 - Case Ongoing
Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security
Department of Homeland Security
Immigration and/or the Border
Coding Complete
On September 13, 2017 ten U.S. citizens and a lawful permanent resident filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts. The plaintiffs sued the United States Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) and the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) under 28 U.S.C. §2201 for a declaration that ... [view]
7 League of Women Voters of Indiana v. Lawson
docket unknown (State Court)
Filed 2017 - Case Ongoing
no defendants on record
Presidential/Gubernatorial Authority
Coding In Process
Summary not yet on record [view]
8 League of Women Voters of Florida v. Browning
4:11-cv-00628-RH-CAS (N.D. Fla.)
Filed 12/15/2011 - Closed 2012
Florida Secretary of State
State of Florida
Election/Voting Rights
Coding Complete
On December 15, 2011, the League of Women Voters of Florida, Florida Public Interest Research Group Education Fund, and Rock the Vote brought this lawsuit in the District Court for the Northern District of Florida. They sued relevant Florida officials to prevent the enforcement of a Florida Statutes § 97.0575, as amended in 2011, and an ... [view]
9 USA v. Moalin
3:10-cr-04246 (S.D. Cal.)
Filed 10/22/2010 - Case Ongoing
United States
National Security
Coding Complete
On October 22, 2010, three immigrants from Somalia were indicted on criminal charges in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California. The case was assigned to Judge Jeffrey Miller. A superseding indictment added a fourth defendant to the charges on January 14, 2011. Each defendant was represented by private counsel, and one was ... [view]
10 NAACP Philadelphia v. Ridge
2:00-cv-02855 (E.D. Pa.)
Filed 06/07/2000 - Closed 2001
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Election/Voting Rights
Coding Complete
On June 7, 2000 plaintiffs, three formerly incarcerated residents of Pennsylvania denied the right to vote filed a lawsuit against the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and City of Philadelphia arguing that the Pennsylvania Voter Registration Act (PVRA) was unconstitutional in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania ... [view]
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