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Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law

The Lawyers’ Committee is fighting for the future we deserve.

aka Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law   |   Washington, DC   |  http://www.lawyerscommittee.org

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Mission

The Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (Lawyers Committee) was founded in 1963 at the request of John F. Kennedy to mobilize the nations private bar to support the civil rights movement. Today, we continue to lead efforts to protect and expand civil rights across the country and secure equal justice for all through the rule of law, targeting in particular the inequities confronting Black people and other people of color. The Lawyers Committee is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, and we envision a nation where everyone has the voice, opportunity, and power to make the promises of our democracy real.

Ruling year info

1963

President and Executive Director

Mr. Damon Hewitt

Main address

1500 K Street NW Suite 900

Washington, DC 20005 USA

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EIN

52-0799246

NTEE code info

Civil Rights, Social Action, and Advocacy N.E.C. (R99)

Civil Rights, Advocacy for Specific Groups (R20)

Minority Rights (R22)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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Today, the challenges facing our nation are immense. The work of advancing justice is an ongoing responsibility under the best of circumstances; but at this critical juncture in history, the nation is witnessing unprecedented rollbacks of landmark civil rights achievements. Hard-won civil rights and protections—which have defined our sense of freedom and justice for decades— are being challenged in a way that we have not witnessed in recent times. Now more than ever, the mission and work of the Lawyers Committee is essential.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Voting Rights Project

The Voting Rights Project (VRP) works to ensure equal access to the ballot for all voters, especially racial and ethnic minorities who have been historically disenfranchised.

VRP’s work includes addressing barriers to voting and advancing voter protections through: strategic litigation at local, state and federal levels; convening the Election Protection coalition; preventing biased redistricting plans that attempt to dilute the voting opportunities and power of voters of color; and protecting and furthering voting rights through public education and advocacy.

Population(s) Served
Ethnic and racial groups

The Criminal Justice Project (CJP) works toward equal justice through combating mass incarceration and confronting the ways in which racism impacts each stage of the criminal justice system.

CJP’s work focuses on challenging laws and policies that criminalize poverty; promoting access to justice and the right to counsel; and advancing accountability, transparency, and structural reform of the police and police departments.

Population(s) Served
Ethnic and racial groups
Economically disadvantaged people

The Educational Opportunities Project (EOP) works to guarantee that all students receive equal access to educational opportunities in pre-K through 12th grade and in higher education.

EOP seeks to promote racial and ethnic diversity and integration in public education; ensure Black students and historically marginalized students of color learn in healthy, nurturing school climates and in environments free of racism and discrimination; and ensure Black students and historically marginalized students of color access meaningful, equitable, and culturally relevant opportunities to succeed in school.

Population(s) Served
Ethnic and racial groups
Economically disadvantaged people
Students

The Fair Housing and Community Development Project (FHCD) seeks to increase housing opportunities for people of color and communities of color.

FHCD's priorities include combatting discriminatory zoning practices; challenging the displacement of low-income communities of color; supporting the growth of a durable, well-resourced, Black-led tenant movement; and addressing the intersection of housing and the criminal legal system.

Population(s) Served
Ethnic and racial groups
Economically disadvantaged people

The Economic Justice Project engages in impact litigation and legal advocacy to ensure that communities of color can access opportunities and meaningfully engage in the economy to lead dignified lives free from discrimination. The project mainly seeks to address persistent inequality and high poverty rates faced by African American and other minority communities.

Population(s) Served
Ethnic and racial groups
Economically disadvantaged people

The Digital Justice Initiative (DJI) works at the intersection of racial justice, technology, and privacy.
Predatory commercial data practices, discriminatory algorithms, invasions of privacy and disinformation disproportionately target and harm Black people and other people of color. DJI is working toward an inclusive, multiracial democracy in the United States where civil and human rights online are respected and grounded in an equitable civic infrastructure that is open, just, resilient, and trustworthy.

Population(s) Served
Ethnic and racial groups
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Our results

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How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of pro bono hours contributed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Ethnic and racial groups

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The Lawyers' Committee leverages the largest pro bono network in the nation. In 2022, we drew upon 115,000 pro bono hours valued at $91,389,393. Hence, a donor's return on investment is high.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

We stand on the front lines fighting to defend our nation’s founding principle – equality for all. Our goal is to ensure that Black people and other people of color have the voice, access, and power to make the promises of our democracy real.

The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law is one of America's most impactful civil rights organizations today. With the support of a vast network of lawyers in the private bar who provide pro bono support, our staff use litigation, public policy, advocacy, public education, and other forms of service by lawyers to:
- Fight voter suppression and ensure equal access to the ballot box
- Promote a fairer criminal justice system and advance policing reform
- Address economic inequality
- Promote fair housing and community development
- Ensure access to equal educational opportunity
- Create safeguards against digital discrimination, privacy infringement, and algorithmic bias for users of color
For more than 60 years the Lawyers' Committee has utilized legal strategies inside and outside the courtroom to strengthen democracy and create a just America.

Our staff are leaders in their fields who bring decades of experience and expertise in voting rights, housing, education, digital rights and privacy, and worker's rights. Our staff consists of a dynamic group of lawyers, organizers, and support staff, who work together; hold a strong belief in the organization's mission; and bring a commitment to racial equity, diversity, and inclusion to their work.

Our partners include legal, advocacy, grassroots, and community organizations at national, state, and local levels. Crucially, we continue to leverage the support of a vast network of lawyers in the private bar to fuel our work.

The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law is dedicated to supporting and advancing diversity within its workforce and board. Because our commitment to diversity and inclusion is inextricably linked to our pursuit of equal justice for all, we strive to work with a broad and diverse coalition of partner organizations.

There are few organizations that have conducted more civil rights litigation than the Lawyers' Committee. In the last five years, key victories and initiatives that demonstrate our national impact include the following:

- Summer 2023 victory to stop states and counties from using unnecessary and burdensome requirements to disenfranchise Black voters in particular. Due to the intervention of the Lawyers’ Committee and co-counsel, the court has issued a preliminary injunction that stopped Georgia counties from enforcing a requirement in Georgia’s SB202 that stipulates that absentee ballots not be counted if a voter makes an error in filling in their birthdate.

- Providing key information to higher education stakeholders to ensure equal opportunity and access for all students following the Supreme Court’s 2023 affirmative action decision overturning race-conscious admissions. The Lawyers’ Committee was the only civil rights organization to actively participate in the defense of the two cases the Supreme Court decided, and we presented oral arguments before the Supreme Court on behalf of a diverse group of students and alumni from UNC.

- Summer 2023 victory in which the Proud Boys were ordered to pay over $1 million for a racially-motivated attack on a historically Black church.

- Fall 2022 victory on behalf of the Beaumont Branch of the NAACP and a Texas voter who experienced egregious voter intimidation at a historically Black polling location.

- Fall 2021 victory in which the Federal Communications Commission levied a $5 million fine against two individuals who made robocalls targeting Black Americans in an attempt to scare and misinform voters for the 2020 election.

- The nonpartisan Election Protection program’s 866-OUR-VOTE hotline, which is convened and co-led by the Lawyers’ Committee, fielded a record number of calls during the 2020 election season.

- Spring 2019 victory on behalf of the City of San Jose and the Black Alliance for Just Immigration against the Secretary of the Commerce Department and the Census Bureau to enjoin the addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 Census questionnaire.

- 2018 suit filed challenging the unconstitutional jailing of poor defendants in White County, Arkansas. This suit contributed to our Criminal Justice Project’s growing body of work to make tangible progress toward ending indigent incarceration and the criminalization of poverty.

- Winter 2017 victory in our challenge to a debtors’ prison scheme run by the Orleans Parish Criminal District Court (OPCDC) that fails to consider an indigent individual’s ability to pay court debts before jailing them. The ruling connects the OPCDC debtors’ prison scheme with its own pressing need to generate money and holds that any jailing of poor individuals without prior notice and an opportunity to be heard on their ability to pay violates the Fourteenth Amendment.

How we listen

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Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

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Financials

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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law

Board of directors
as of 01/10/2024
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Board co-chair

Co-Chair Michael Swartz

Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP

Term: 2022 - 2025


Board co-chair

Co-Chair Danielle Holley

Mount Holyoke College

Term: 2022 - 2024

Nicholas T. Christakos

Eversheds Sutherland LLP

David Smith

Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP

James P. Joseph

Arnold & Porter

Michael D. Jones

Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Edward Soto

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Adam Klein

Outten & Golden LLP

Teresa Wynn Roseborough

The Home Depot

Donald J. Rosenberg

Qualcomm

Roscoe Jones

Gibson Dunn LLP

Naho Kobayashi

McGuire Woods LLP

Shira Scheindlin

Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP

Jane Sherburne

Sherburne PLLC

Lillian Hardy

Hogan Lovells

Kim Boyle

Phelps Dunbar

Wendy Richards

Miller Canfield

Harold Franklin

King & Spalding

Neil Steiner

Dechert

Joseph K West

Duane Morris LLP

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/10/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American
Gender identity
Male

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