Our latest accomplishments


Dismantling Discriminatory Hairstyle Rules →

Education, Racial Justice
Targeting Young Black Athletes Violates Massachusetts’ New “Crown Act Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) issued a demand letter to the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), an organization that creates and enforces high school athletic rules, requesting immediate action to stop discriminatory hairstyle policies that violate Massachusetts' new "Crown Act."...

BizGrow Arts and Culture Series →

BizGrow
This 4-week course will provide aspiring and current small business owners and entrepreneurs in the arts and cultural economy with the legal foundation to successfully run their business. Brought to you by a partnership between LCR|BizGrow, Arts & Business Council of Greater Boston, and Northeastern University School of Law.

Fall into HealthJustice →

Health Disparities
Fall Into HealthJustice is a groundbreaking event that harnesses the power of medical, legal, and community collaboration to help families and youth prepare for the cold/flu season. Join us on October 5 in East Boston! Fall into HealthJustice es un evento innovador que aprovecha el poder de la colaboración médica,...

LCR’s Legal Warriors at the HNBA National Conference →

Education, Immigrant Rights, Police Accountability, Racial Justice
Lawyers for Civil Rights at the 2023 Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) convention.  LCR’s legal warriors and our community partners will be presenting on a wide range of cutting-edge civil rights and intersectional issues at the upcoming HNBA Conference in Minneapolis on September 6-8, 2023. This is where you can find...

LCR’s Legal Warriors at Lav Law →

Immigrant Rights, Racial Justice
Lawyers for Civil Rights at the 2023 Lavender Law Conference  LCR’s legal warriors and our community partners presented on a wide range of cutting-edge civil rights and intersectional issues at the Lavender Law Conference hosted by the National LGBTQ+ Bar Association in Chicago on July 24 - 26, 2023.  The...

Condemning Gun Violence →

Police Accountability
Condemning Gun Violence Across the Commonwealth  Gun violence is a plague on the United States, and Massachusetts is far from immune. Shootings on back-to-back days this weekend disrupted Caribbean Festivals in Boston and Worcester, leaving at least ten people injured and local communities of color shaken. Meanwhile, following 21 shooting incidents in the last two months, Springfield...

Launching Medical-Legal Partnership with Beth Israel Lahey Health →

Health Disparities
MEDICAL-LEGAL PARTNERSHIP LAUNCHED BY BETH ISRAEL LAHEY HEALTH AND LAWYERS FOR CIVIL RIGHTS  New Medical-Legal Partnership Will Help Address Health Disparities Beth Israel Lahey Health (BILH) and Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) announced the launch of a new medical-legal partnership that will provide free legal support to low-income patients, beginning...

New Police Discipline Database: More Transparency and Accountability →

Police Accountability, Racial Justice
Lawyers for Civil Rights Applauds New Police Discipline Database, Urges More Transparency and Accountability Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) applauds the Massachusetts Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Commission for publishing a database showing the disciplinary records of Massachusetts police officers accused of misconduct.  Transparency is critical for holding law enforcement accountable. ...

Haitian Community Group Defends Humanitarian Relief →

Immigrant Rights
Haitian Community Group Defends President Biden’s Humanitarian Immigration Policy Parole Program Offers Hope for Foreign Nationals Fleeing Deadly Conditions Haitian-Americans United, Inc. (HAU) filed a friend-of-the-court (amicus) brief in federal court in support of the Biden Administration’s “parole program,” a humanitarian relief effort that allows Haitians fleeing dangerous social, political, and economic...

MBTA Zoning Lawsuit Addressing Housing Crisis →

Housing
Lawyers for Civil Rights and Brown Rudnick File MBTA Communities Zoning Lawsuit to Challenge Suburban Reluctance to Address Housing Crisis As Affordable Housing Crisis Devastates Low-Income Families and Community Groups, Plaintiffs Ask Supreme Judicial Court To Make Clear That New MBTA Communities Zoning Law Is Mandatory The Central Massachusetts Housing...

Defending Minority-Owned Businesses In Federal Court →

Economic Justice
The Black Economic Council of Massachusetts (BECMA) and Amplify LatinX have filed a motion to intervene in federal court in defense of a pandemic relief program  administered by the Commonwealth to support small businesses, including minority-owned  business enterprises (MBEs). The federal case was brought by two white-owned businesses  attacking the...

Federal Civil Rights Investigation: Harvard’s Legacy/Donor Admissions →

Education, Racial Justice
Lawyers for Civil Rights welcomes the news we received from the U.S. Department of Education that it has formally opened a federal investigation into our civil rights complaint, which challenges Harvard's discriminatory practice of giving preferential treatment to children of wealthy donors and children of alumni.  As our complaint outlines, these...

Guide for Small Businesses: Navigating 303 Creative →

BizGrow
Lawyers for Civil Rights is releasing a guide for small businesses and consumers to help demystify the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in the 303 Creative case.

City of Boston Retreats from Diversity Efforts →

Economic Justice, Education, Racial Justice
BEHIND CLOSED DOORS, CITY OF BOSTON RETREATS FROM DIVERSITY EFFORTS Lawyers for Civil Rights learned that the City of Boston is conducting a “review” of the impact of the Supreme Court’s affirmative action decision on “any City and BPS policy.” Taking place behind closed doors, this problematic “review” was not...

Federal Civil Rights Complaint Challenges Harvard’s Legacy Admissions →

Education, Racial Justice
Federal Civil Rights Complaint Challenges Harvard’s Practice Of Giving Preferential Treatment In Admissions To Children of Wealthy Donors and Alumni  Preferences Go Overwhelmingly To White Applicants And Systematically Disadvantage Applicants Of Color  The Chica Project, the African Community Economic Development of New England (ACEDONE), and the Greater Boston Latino Network (GBLN) filed a federal civil...

2023 Brown Rudnick Summer Fellow →

Employment, Racial Justice, Voting Rights
Brian Cummings Joins Lawyers for Civil Rights as the 2023 Brown Rudnick Summer Fellow Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) is pleased to welcome Brian Cummings as the 2023 Brown Rudnick Summer Fellow.  Launched in 2022, the Fellowship provides a $10,000 stipend to law students who want to gain civil rights experience through a...

Health Equity and Immigrant Health →

Health Disparities, Immigrant Rights
Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) and our pro bono allies recently submitted a comment letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), in support of expanding access to affordable health care for recipients of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA),...

Window Still Exists for Schools to Consider Race →

Education, Racial Justice
U.S. Supreme Court Rejects Calls to Overrule Affirmative Action Precedents Window Still Exists for Schools to Consider Race While raising the bar on universities’ ability to consider race in admissions, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected calls to overrule its affirmative action precedents. Most importantly, the Court left the door open...