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Newsletter Issue 3: Feb. 24, 2015

Lots of news from the Civil Rights Litigation Clearinghouse, at; here's our periodic newsletter to keep our users (and former students) up to date.

Over the past year, we've added 600 cases, and over 3600 documents, in a dozen or more case categories. If you look at the Recent Additions page, you can see everything added over the past 90 days — new cases, summaries, and other resources.

Getting the word out:

We’ve also entered the social media age.  Students are now managing our Facebook page,  which posts interesting cases several times per week.  And you can follow us on Twitter

We have added several exciting new collections:

Helping students understand civil rights litigation.  In conjunction with the University of Michigan School of Education, we’ve started a cool new project, making civil rights case materials accessible to high school students, for them to do mock trials and mock arguments.  The work is ongoing, but the site is live, at

Check it out!
Given the unprecedented disclosures of surveillance by the National Security Agency—both leaked and then declassified—we’ve decided to expand our focus to civil liberties issues.  So we are posting the most comprehensive and easy to use collection there is of Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) cases—in the FISA Court and elsewhere.  These are documents culled from many hard-to-access sources, now indexed and explained.  They are collected here.  
Our same-sex marriage litigation collection continues to grow. We are posting the key documents for over a hundred cases, in federal and state court. We’re aiming to be entirely up to date by the time the Supreme Court hears the DeBoer case, in April.
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.

Margo Schlanger
Henry M. Butzel Professor of Law
Director, Civil Rights Litigation Clearinghouse
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