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Civil Rights Division Archival Collection

With the generous assistance of a number of lawyers who previously worked for the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division, and of the Civil Rights Division Alumni Association, the Clearinghouse has acquired and scanned case documents from hundreds of cases litigated by the Division from the 1960s through the 1990s. (This is by no means a complete collection; fuller, but undigitized, Division records are available from the National Archive.) The project of fully coding these cases is ongoing, but we have decided to make the documents themselves available as we upload them, rather than waiting till the cases are entirely coded and incorporated. In order by start year at the Division, the papers are from the files of:
  • David Norman, who served in the Division from its founding in 1957 to 1972, including as Deputy Assistant Attorney General and Assistant Attorney General
  • David Marlin, a Division trial attorney from 1961 to 1965.
  • Brian Landsberg, who served in the Division from 1964 to 1986, first as a trial attorney, next supervising the Division’s Education Section, and then leading its Appellate Section. (He also served for six months in 1993 as an Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General.
  • Chad Quaintance, a Division trial lawyer from 1964 to 1970, who opened the Division's first field office, in Selma
  • Jim Turner, who worked at the Division from 1965 to 1994, as Deputy Assistant Attorney General beginning in 1969
  • Owen Fiss, special assistant to Assistant Attorney Generals John Doar and Stephen Pollak from 1966 to 1968
  • Reuben Ortenberg, Division trial attorney from 1965 through 1967
  • Alexander (Sandy) Ross, who worked at the Division from 1962 to 2001 on voting, education, employment, housing, and fair lending, serving as a trial attorney, special litigation counsel, and section chief.
  • Jack Ruzicho, who served in several capacities in the Division between 1967 and 1973 (he was a trial lawyer in the Employment Section, Attorney-In-Charge of the St. Louis Field Office, and Deputy Chief of the Education Section).
  • Melissa Marshall, Division trial attorney from 1982 to 1987
  • Margo Schlanger, Division trial attorney from 1995 to 1998 (and founder and director of the Civil Rights Litigation Clearinghouse)

In addition, with the assistance of the Division's Special Litigation Section, the Clearinghouse was able to scan documents from many of the cases brought under the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act in the 1980s and 1990s; these are included in this collection. So too are case documents for a number of other Division cases brought before the 1990s, obtained in various ways.

The Clearinghouse incorporates hundreds of other Civil Rights Division cases that are more recent; to see these, search under "U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division" as the attorney organization, or click here.

We are very much interested in expanding this Civil Rights Division archive. If you have papers that might be of interest, please contact us.
The below cases represent a special subset of the full Clearinghouse collection.
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1 U.S. v. Alabama [CRIPA matter involving Tutwiler]
15-cv-368 (M.D. Ala.)
Filed 2015 - Case Ongoing
Alabama Department of Corrections
Alabama Department of Corrections
Prison Conditions
PC-AL-0034
Coding Complete
2 U.S. v. Montana
94-90 (D. Mont.)
Filed 1994 - Closed
Montana State Prison
Deer Lodge
Prison Conditions
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
PC-MT-0003
Coding Complete
3 United States v. Baird
94-10494 (E.D. Cal.)
Filed 1994 - Closed
no defendants on record
Public Accomm./Contracting
PA-CA-0001
Coding In Process
4 DOJ CRIPA Investigation of the Norfolk City Jail (VA)
No Court Case (No Court)
Filed 1993 - Closed
Norfolk City Jail
Jail Conditions
JC-VA-0001
Norfolk
Coding Complete
5 CRIPA Investigation, Harrison County (MS)
No Court Case (No Court)
Filed 1993 - Closed
Harrison County
Juvenile Institution
JI-MS-0001
Coding Complete
6 CRIPA Investigation, Jackson (MS)
docket unknown (No Court)
Filed 1993 - Closed
Jackson, Mississippi
Juvenile Institution
JI-MS-0002
Coding Complete
7 In Re: DOJ CRIPA Investigation of Chicago-Read Mental Health Center
Never Filed (No Court)
Filed 1993 - Closed
Chicago-Read Mental Health Center
Intellectual Disability (Facility)
ID-IL-0003
Chicago
Coding Complete
8 CRIPA Investigation-Central Alabama Youth Services
No Court Case (No Court)
Filed 1992 - Closed
State of Alabama
Central Alabama Youth Services Facility
Juvenile Institution
JI-AL-0001
Dallas County
Coding Complete
9 CRIPA Investigation, Helena (MT)
No Court Case (No Court)
Filed 1992 - Closed
State of Montana
Juvenile Institution
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
JI-MT-0002
Coding Complete
10 CRIPA Investigation, Fircrest (WA)
N/A (No Court)
Filed 1992 - Closed
Washington Department of Social and Health Services
Intellectual Disability (Facility)
ID-WA-0001
Coding Complete
11 U.S. v. San Diego
91-0764 (S.D. Cal.)
Filed 1991 - Closed 1996
San Diego County
San Diego County Jail System
Jail Conditions
JC-CA-0004
San Diego County
Coding Complete
12 CRIPA Investigation, Miles City (MT)
No Court Case (No Court)
Filed 1991 - Closed
State of Montana
Juvenile Institution
JI-MT-0001
Coding Complete
13 CRIPA Investigation of Arizona State Hospital (ASH)
Not applicable (No Court)
Filed 1989 - Closed 1995
Arizona State Hospital
Intellectual Disability (Facility)
ID-AZ-0001
Phoenix
Coding Complete
14 Johnson & U.S. v. Florida
8:87-cv-00369-SCB (M.D. Fla.)
Filed 1987 - Closed 2010
State of Florida
G. Pierce Wood Memorial Hospital
Mental Health (Facility)
MH-FL-0001
De Soto County
Coding Complete
15 U.S. v. Connecticut
86-252 (D. Conn.)
Filed 1986 - Closed 2009
State of Connecticut
Southbury Training School
Intellectual Disability (Facility)
ID-CT-0005
Coding Complete
16 DOJ CRIPA Investigation of Broadview, Cleveland, and Warrensville Developmental Centers
docket unknown (No Court)
Filed 1986 - Closed
Warrensville Developmental Centers
Intellectual Disability (Facility)
ID-OH-0002
Coding Complete
17 United States v. City of Warren
2:86-cv-75435-PJD (E.D. Mich.)
Filed 1986 - Closed 2003
City of Warren
City of Warren Police and Firefighters Civil Service Commission
Equal Employment
EE-MI-0187
Warren
Coding Complete
18 DOJ CRIPA Investigation of the Montgomery Developmental Center [MDC] in Huber Heights, Ohio
docket unknown (No Court)
Filed 1985 - Closed
Montgomery Developmental Center
Intellectual Disability (Facility)
ID-OH-0001
Huber Heights
Coding Complete
19 U.S. v. New Castle County
85-692 (D. Del.)
Filed 1985 - Closed
no defendants on record
Equal Employment
EE-DE-0040
Coding In Process
20 United States v. Indiana
IP84-C-0411-N/A (S.D. Ind.)
Filed 1984 - Closed 1984
Indiana
Mental Health (Facility)
MH-IN-0001
Coding Complete
21 U.S. v. The County of Lancaster
84-L-58 (D. Neb.)
Filed 1984 - Closed
no defendants on record
Equal Employment
EE-NE-0019
Coding In Process
22 U.S. v. Spring Branch Independent School District
84-2949 (S.D. Tex.)
Filed 1984 - Closed
no defendants on record
Equal Employment
EE-TX-0475
Coding In Process
23 U.S. v. City of Wadsworth
C83-5160A (N.D. Ohio)
Filed 1983 - Closed
no defendants on record
Equal Employment
EE-OH-0113
Coding In Process
24 U.S. v. Jay Gregory
83-00094 (E.D. Va.)
Filed 1983 - Closed
no defendants on record
Equal Employment
EE-VA-0134
Coding In Process
25 U.S. v. Pasadena Independent School District
83-5107 (S.D. Tex.)
Filed 1983 - Closed
no defendants on record
Equal Employment
EE-TX-0473
Coding In Process
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