The Supreme Court (and other courts) are important to our lives and the work of defending democracy.

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LDF’s rich history includes litigating civil rights claims before the U.S. Supreme Court. Only the government has argued more civil rights cases before the Supreme Court. Of the 72 cases presented for the Court’s October 2018 Term (covering the fall of 2018 and spring of 2019), LDF filed an amicus brief in six cases affecting civil rights. Those cases were: Timbs v. Indiana; Flowers v. Mississippi; Rucho v. Common Cause/Lamone v. Benisek; Fort Bend County, Texas v. Davis; Department of Commerce v. New York; and Obduskey v. McCarthy & Holthus.  



Here, we provide a snapshot of the issue in each case, LDF’s position, the outcome, and its impact on our rights. Our hope is that this summary will be easy to digest (without too much legal jargon) and will underscore the importance of the U.S. Supreme Court (and other courts) to our lives and the future of our democracy. 


About LDF

Through litigation, advocacy, and public education, LDF seeks structural changes to expand democracy, eliminate disparities, and achieve racial justice in a society that fulfills the promise of equality for all Americans.


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About The Marshall Institute

The Institute complements LDF’s traditional litigation strengths and brings critical capabilities to the fight for racial justice, including research and targeted advocacy campaigns. 


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