A national leader in the struggle to ensure constitutional equal protection, SLF continues to wage court battles to end illegal race- and gender-preference programs and replace them with legal, productive, corruption-free affirmative action programs. Since 1989, when SLF participated in the landmark City of Richmond v. Croson U.S. Supreme Court decision which established a strict standard of review for affirmative action set-aside programs, we have been at the forefront of every major legal battle since – and we continue to win. From 1992’s U.S. Supreme Court decision in AGC of NE Florida v. City of Jacksonville to eliminating illegal set-aside programs in the City of Atlanta School District, the City of Nashville School District, the DeKalb County, Georgia School District and DeKalb County, Georgia, SLF takes on the tough cases – sometimes under tremendous attack by governments – in order to protect individuals against government-sponsored discrimination.
Consider recent efforts in a challenge against the City of Atlanta’s Minority and Female Business Enterprise (MFBE) program, which mandates that 34 percent of all public contracts must be awarded based on race or gender. Keep in mind that no race-based preference or set-aside program has survived court scrutiny anywhere in America since the landmark Croson case in 1989 – and in June 2001, after two years of struggle, the program is ended by court order. We will continue to challenge illegal and discriminatory government programs in our ongoing battle against overreaching government power over the lives of individuals.
3/16/15 - APPEAL TO SUPREME COURT: UT-AUSTIN CONTINUES TO DISCRIMINATE IN SCHOOL ADMISSIONS, DESPITE 2013 COURT RULING
So-called "classroom diversity" at the University of Texas at Austin comes under fire - again - as Abigail Fisher challenges the failed policies for school admission and the school's disregard for the ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court, which mandated that the university must try race-neutral alternatives in place of race-based admissions. SLF files an amicus brief in support of Fisher, as it did in 2012, arguing that UT-Austin did not prove race-based program was necessary and narrowly tailored to meet diversity goals after the 2013 Supreme Court decision. Fisher v. UT-Austin, et al.
Click here for SLF Brief in Fisher Appeal to Supreme Court
1/3/13 - VOTING RIGHTS ACT - SECT. V REAUTHORIZATION UNCONSTITUTIONAL? U.S. SUPREME COURT REVIEWS 2006 CONGRESSIONAL REAUTHORIZATION OF SECT. V IN SHELBY COUNTY, AL v. ERIC HOLDER, et al.
In 2006, Congress reauthorized Sect. V of the Voting Rights Act using the controversial pre-existing coverage formula found in Sect. IV B of the Act - which, as was laid out by the high court in a 2009 decision, continues to give the federal government powerful oversight over many state and local jurisdictions in the United States despite profound evidence that past discrimination against minorities in voting no longer exists. SLF, whose brief was cited three times in the 2009 decision by Justice Clarence Thomas, submits an amicus curiae brief in this important case, which will be heard this Spring...
Click here to read the brief