Equal Justice Society (EJS) joined the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA) and the Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center (LAS-ELC) this week to file an amicus brief in the United States Supreme Court case Dukes v. Wal-Mart, the largest civil rights class action lawsuit in U.S. history. On March 29, the Court will conduct a limited … Continue reading Give Women in Wal-Mart v. Dukes Their Day in Court
Dorothy Irene Height, long-time civil rights activist, chair and president emerita of the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW) and "godmother of the women's movement," died of natural causes at 3:41 a.m. today at Howard University Hospital, 27 days after her 98th birthday, announced NCNW in a press release. Equal Justice Society President Eva Paterson … Continue reading Civil Rights Legend Dorothy Height Passes
The Equal Justice Society is supporting efforts by Transit Riders for Public Transportation (transitriders.net) to have Congress expressly establish a private right of action in the Federal Surface Transportation Authorization Act (FSTAA) that enforces the disparate impact regulations adopted by the Department of Transportation (DOT). By restoring private enforcement of DOT’s antidiscrimination regulations, the FSTAA … Continue reading EJS Supports Effort to Protect Communities from Transit Discrimination
All of us at EJS were ecstatic when we learned earlier this year that Tom Saenz was under consideration for Assistant Attorney General, Civil Rights Division, Department of Justice. Tom would have brought to that position an extensive and celebrated background as a champion for civil rights, social justice and progressive values. We were surprised … Continue reading Why Did the Obama Administration Renege on Its Offer to Tom Saenz?
Janet Murguía, President and CEO of the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States, today expressed profound disappointment today that distinguished civil rights attorney Thomas Saenz is no longer a candidate to head the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. … Continue reading NCLR Expresses Profound Disappointment with Saenz Decision
Next Thursday, the California Supreme Court will hear arguments in our legal challenge to Proposition 8. As we seek to overturn Prop 8, we have the broadest array of support ever seen on an LGBT issue before any California Court. This support speaks directly to the relationships and coalition work that many in the LGBT, … Continue reading Kate Kendell, Eva Paterson: ‘Standing Together and Continuing the Conversation’
ACS will tomorrow give a sneak preview of "A Class Apart," a documentary film chronicling the landmark 14th Amendment case, Hernandez v. Texas. The Thursday, February 12, event is at Landmark Theatres Embarcadero Center Cinema, One Embarcadero Center, Promenade Level, San Francisco, starting at 7 p.m. with doors open at 6:30 p.m. A discussion takes … Continue reading ACS Sneak Preview of Documentary Film ‘A Class Apart’
EJS President Eva Paterson will join other civl rights and religious leaders and plaintiff couples from In re Marriage Cases in a roundtable to reflect on the historic California Supreme Court ruling and the pending Prop. 8 legal challenge. This discussion takes place on the fifth anniversary of San Francisco's first issuance of marriage licenses. … Continue reading Eva Paterson on Roundtable Discussing Prop. 8 on 5th Anniv. of SF’s Marriage Licenses