Amicus Briefs

Doe v. University of Arkansas-Fayetteville, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, June 25, 2019 FIRE participated as amicus curiae on behalf of a student challenging the allegedly unfair procedures used by the University of Arkansas to find him responsible for sexual misconduct. FIRE addressed the nationwide context in which this case arose in order to... Read more Read more


Amicus Briefs

Business Leaders in Christ v. University of Iowa, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, June 4, 2019 Amicus: Foundation for Individual Rights in Education Plaintiff is a student organization that was denied recognition because of its faith-based leadership requirements, while other organizations were permitted to have similar belief-based leadership requirements that were deemed... Read more Read more


Amicus Briefs

Arkansas Times LP v. Waldrip, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, Apr. 16, 2019 Amici: Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, Institute for Free Speech Amici argued that the district court erred in finding that Arkansas’ anti-BDS legislation — which requires anyone entering into a contract with the state government to pledge not... Read more Read more


Amicus Briefs

Supreme Court of Louisiana, Mar. 15, 2019 Amicus: Foundation for Individual Rights in Education After a trial court found that Louisiana State University’s expulsion of two dental students violated their constitutional due process rights, the university sought — and was granted — a “suspensive appeal” that would delay the trial court’s order that the students... Read more Read more


Amicus Briefs

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, Feb. 8, 2019 Amici: Cato Institute, Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, Professor Eugene Volokh Amici argued that the lower court erred in granting qualified immunity to administrators who disciplined the plaintiff for an intemperate anti-abortion Facebook post. By framing the constitutional question so narrowly, the court... Read more Read more


Amicus Briefs

E.D. Ark., Feb. 4, 2019 Amici: American Civil Liberties Union, American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas, Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, Peace and Love at Arkansas State University Amici argued that an Arkansas State University policy limiting students’ expressive activities to specific “free expression areas” and requiring such activities to be scheduled in advance... Read more Read more


Amicus Briefs

California Court of Appeal, Second Division, Seventh District, Dec. 4, 2018 Amicus: Foundation for Individual Rights in Education FIRE participated as amicus curiae on behalf of a student challenging the allegedly unfair procedures used by Occidental College to find him responsible for sexual misconduct. FIRE addressed the nationwide context in which this case arose in... Read more Read more


Amicus Briefs

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, Nov. 20, 2018 Amici: Alliance Defending Freedom, Foundation for Individual Rights in Education The lower court found that several of plaintiff’s challenges to speech codes at the University of Michigan were moot because the university had revised those policies after the onset of litigation. Amici argued that... Read more Read more


Amicus Briefs

U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, Oct. 5, 2018 Amicus: Foundation for Individual Rights in Education FIRE argued that by denying him the opportunity to cross-examine his accuser, the University of Massachusetts did not provide a student with a fair hearing before finding him responsible for a violent assault on another student and... Read more Read more


Amicus Briefs

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, Aug. 13, 2018 Amicus: Foundation for Individual Rights in Education FIRE argued that students’ claims for nominal damages in First Amendment cases should not be declared moot simply because claims for injunctive relief have been mooted (by policy changes, etc.) Read more



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