Vol. 8, No. 6, March 2006

Civil Rights

[Updated 7/09/12]

 

U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division

The Department of Justice web site provides access to all appellate merits briefs filed in the courts of appeal by the Appellate Section since September 1, 1999, as well as selected briefs filed before that date. Also available are selected complaints, consent decrees, and investigative finding letters. A Special Topics page covers subjects of particular note, such as American Indians and Alaska Natives, Church Arson, Conflict Resolution, Fair Lending and Fair Housing, National Origin Discrimination, Voting, etc., linking to substantive resources. Researchers will also find press releases, speeches and testimony of senior members of the Civil Rights Division, as well as presidential statements on civil rights topics.

WEX: Civil Rights

This collaborative legal encyclopedia provides an explanation of civil rights and their history. It is an excellent source providing links to primary civil rights materials, including the federal Constitution and statutes, Code of Federal Regulations, U.S. Supreme Court civil rights decisions, and U.S. Courts of Appeal cases. There is a link to a search engine for searching state statutory material, and links to state judicial decisions, international materials including conventions and treaties, and links to key civil right Internet sources.

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)

The ACLU's web site provides links to a variety of civil rights issues, including criminal justice, cyber-liberties, death penalty, disability rights, free speech, racial equality, and reproductive rights. By selecting a topic link, a researcher can access substantive resources summarizing relevant issues. The ACLU's Newsroom is browseable, allowing access to current information on civil liberties topics, and past articles beginning in 2002. The Legislative Update service monitors Congressional activity. ACLU press releases, from the national organization or state affiliates, also are available.

FindLaw: Civil Rights

FindLaw's civil rights resources page includes a link to a civil rights message board for educational and informational purposes. Users can also click on "Findlaw Library - Civil Rights Documents, Briefs, Articles and Books" for substantive links to a variety of civil rights topics. There is a Civil Rights Web Guide providing links to a variety of sites. The Findlaw for the Public - Civil Rights Center link provides background information on civil rights issues.