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Newsletter Issue 2: April 16, 2013

We've seen tons of progress at the Civil Rights Litigation Clearinghouse, at; here's our second ever newsletter to keep our users up to date.

Over the past six months, we've added 265 cases, and 4290 documents, in a dozen or more case categories. If you look at the New Additions page, you can see everything added over the past 90 days — new cases, summaries, and other resources.

We have added several exciting new collections:

A team of three law students has done amazing work on child welfare cases--class-action suits brought against state child welfare agencies to improve outcomes for children in foster care. The cases address issues including standards for investigation of abuse and neglect allegations, worker caseloads, family reunification, permanency, and mental health services. Oftentimes, these cases last decades while a court-appointed monitor tracks the state's compliance with a settlement agreement. Our collection includes cases from nearly every state and major metropolitan area. Click here to see it. A team of three law students has done amazing work on child welfare cases
Two groom wedding cake toppers; one on one knee proposing to the second Another group of law students has developed a terrific library of two dozen cases dealing with same-sex marriage – not just the Perry and Windsor cases argued last month in the Supreme Court, but cases in state and federal courts all over the country, on all the many facets of the same-sex marriage issues.
EEOC cases And the Clearinghouse's enormous collection of EEOC cases is now complemented by publicly available quantitative data on these thousands of cases, ready for study and analysis. All those data are posted here

Technical improvements include:

  • We've improved the OCR'ing across the site, making sure that all the documents are not just images but include copyable/screen-readable text.
  • We've improved the infrastructure for images and have added many dozens of photographs – including some striking images by photographer Richard Ross, whose project "Juvenile-In-Justice" won the 2012 Best News and Documentary Photography Award from the American Society of Magazine Editors. More on this amazing photo collection at And many thanks to Richard for giving us permission to use the images.
  • Cases can now have multiple case types, which greatly increases the functionality of case searching.

We hope all the work we've been doing is useful for you; let us know if you have any suggestions. If your civil rights law firm or organization does systemic litigation and would like to have its own page, let us know. And if you'd like a logo/link for your own website, we'd love to send you one. (Or just link to us without a logo.)

If you have friends or colleagues who might be interested in our work, please forward this newsletter to them, or send us their email addresses and we'll send it to them.

Have a great spring!

Margo Schlanger
Professor of Law and Director, Civil Rights Litigation Clearinghouse

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