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Website of the Week for Nov. 20, 2006

Cheryl Nyberg, editor

Website of the Week Archive


Washington University School of Law, The Civil Rights Litigation Clearinghouse

The Clearinghouse presents a collection of documents and information about U.S. civil rights cases in selected categories:

  • child welfare
  • election and voting rights
  • immigration
  • jail conditions
  • juvenile institutions
  • mental health facilities
  • mental retardation facilities
  • nursing home conditions
  • policing (racial profiling and other issues)
  • prison conditions
  • public housing
  • school desegregation

An outstanding feature of this collection are the the number of docket sheets,  pleadings, complaints, decrees, and official correspondence from the Special Litigation Division of the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division. Most of these documents are not widely available from free sources. Instead, documents were obtained from Pacer (the federal courts fee-based docket and e-filing system), the National Archives, the American Civil Liberties Union's National Prison Project, and the litigants and their attorneys.

In addition to browsing by categories, users may search the collection. The General Search feature has fields for case name, type, docket number, state, and U.S. district or circuit court. A People Search option is also available.

Users are invited to suggest cases for inclusion in the collection.  An email form is provided for this purpose.

2008, M.G. Gallagher Law Library, University of Washington