UC System No Longer Allowed to Consider SAT and ACT Scores in Admissions

Ruling blocks two-tier discriminatory system and marks major step toward the elimination of standardized testing in college admissions Lisa Holder, Los Angeles-based civil rights attorney and Equal Justice Society, Of Counsel, representing the Plaintiffs said: "The Regents openly admitted that the SAT/ACT is a racist, classist test that steeps preferences on wealthy, white student applicants. Nevertheless, … Continue reading UC System No Longer Allowed to Consider SAT and ACT Scores in Admissions

EJS and Co-Counsel Sue Sacramento School District Over the Segregation and Mistreatment of Students with Disabilities, Particularly Black Students with Disabilities

Know Your Rights: If you are a parent of a child with a disability within the Sacramento City Unified School District (SCUSD) and are experiencing similar concerns mentioned in this lawsuit, please contact the Disability Rights California confidential intake line at 1-800-776-5746, available 9:00 am - 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Nov. 4 Community Meeting on … Continue reading EJS and Co-Counsel Sue Sacramento School District Over the Segregation and Mistreatment of Students with Disabilities, Particularly Black Students with Disabilities

Washington State Sup. Court Cites Law Review Article by EJS

UPDATE: The Seattle Times published in op-ed by Eva Paterson in reaction to the Court's decision in this case. The Washington State Supreme Court recently cited a law review article on implicit bias co-authored in 2008 by Kimberly Thomas Rapp, Sara Jackson, and Eva Paterson. Kimberly was our Director of Law and Public Policy then, … Continue reading Washington State Sup. Court Cites Law Review Article by EJS

Updated: Lawyers’ Committee Presents Oral Argument in 9th Circuit in Support of Caltrans Equal Opportunity Program

UPDATE APRIL 16, 2013: A three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals today upheld the Caltrans program ensuring that minority and women-owned businesses are on equal footing to compete for federally-funded contracts. Read the press release from the Lawyers' Committee here. Download the opinion here | SF Chronicle | Sacramento Bee FEBRUARY 11, 2013 -- … Continue reading Updated: Lawyers’ Committee Presents Oral Argument in 9th Circuit in Support of Caltrans Equal Opportunity Program

‘Litigating Implicit Bias’ Article by Eva Paterson in Latest Issue of Poverty & Race

"Litigating Implicit Bias," an article by EJS President Eva Paterson, appears in the latest issue of Poverty & Race, a bi-monthly newsletter by the Poverty & Race Research Action Council. PRRAC is an organization that connects advocates with social scientists working on race and poverty issues and promotes a research-based advocacy strategy on structural inequality … Continue reading ‘Litigating Implicit Bias’ Article by Eva Paterson in Latest Issue of Poverty & Race

Eva Paterson in Huffington Post – Protecting the 14th Amendment

The following op-ed by EJS President Eva Paterson appears in Huffington Post. Protecting the 14th Amendment By Eva Paterson Huffington Post For almost 150 years, the 14th Amendment has been the backbone of civil rights law in America. Its protection of individual rights for all -- from freed slaves to immigrants to workers fighting against … Continue reading Eva Paterson in Huffington Post – Protecting the 14th Amendment

EJS Joins Other Organizations in Court Brief Supporting Judge Walker’s Decision on Prop. 8

The Equal Justice Society and more than forty public interest organizations represented pro bono by the law firm Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP today filed an amicus brief in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals arguing on behalf of gay and lesbian plaintiffs in Perry v. Schwarzenegger. In August, Judge Vaughn Walker, of the U.S. … Continue reading EJS Joins Other Organizations in Court Brief Supporting Judge Walker’s Decision on Prop. 8