Mission: To secure equal justice for all through the rule of law, with a focus on the inequities faced by African Americans and other racial and ethnic minorities.
About the Organization: Founded in 1963 at the request of President John F. Kennedy, the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law enlists the leadership and resources of the American bar in combating racial discrimination and the inequality of opportunity that results. From fighting voter suppression and ensuring equal access at the ballot box to combating discrimination in housing and education, the organization works both inside and beyond the courtroom to create a more just America. With offices in eight cities across the United States and a commitment to advancing diversity and inclusion, the organization partners with a broad and diverse coalition of affiliate organizations to advance its mission.
Current Programs: The organization administers programs and initiatives in the areas of criminal justice, economic justice, educational opportunities, fair housing and community development, legal mobilization, pro bono services, public policy, and voting rights. Its special litigation and advocacy project works on a variety of issues, including safeguarding the First Amendment rights of people engaged in peaceful demonstrations related to civil rights; ensuring a fair and accurate 2020 census in coordination with the Voting Rights Project; and addressing racial disparities in access to municipal services. In addition, its Stop Hate project is aimed at strengthening the capacity of community leaders, law enforcement, and nonprofit organizations working to combat hate by connecting them with legal and social services resources, while a number of special initiatives provide continuing legal education, "know your rights" assistance, and diversity training.
Website: Visitors to the site can learn more about litigation, advocacy efforts, key statutes, and publications and resources in each program area, stay abreast of the latest developments, and/or sign up to receive action alerts. Young lawyers interested in the organization's work can take the "Young Lawyers' Committee Pledge" and join the Young Lawyers' Committee, a diverse network of young lawyers committed to the fight for racial and social justice.