Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law

Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law

The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights under Law, often simply The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights or Lawyers' Committee is a civil rights organization that was founded in 1963 at the request of President John F. Kennedy.

The Lawyers' Committee, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, was formed in 1963 at the request of President John F. Kennedy to involve the private bar in providing legal services to address racial discrimination. The principle mission of the Lawyers' Committee is to secure, through the rule of law, equal justice under law.

The Committee's major objective is to use the skills and resources of the bar to obtain equal opportunity for minorities by addressing factors that contribute to racial justice and economic opportunity. Given the United States' history of racial discrimination, de jure segregation, and the de facto inequities that persist, the Lawyers' Committee's primary focus is to represent the interest of African Americans in particular, other racial and ethnic minorities, and other victims of discrimination, where doing so can help to secure justice for all racial and ethnic minorities.

The Lawyers' Committee implements its mission and objectives by marshaling the pro bono resources of the bar for litigation, public policy advocacy, and other forms of service by lawyers to the cause of civil rights

ee also

*ACLU
*NAACP
*Civil Rights Movement

External links

* [http://www.lawyerscomm.org/2005website/home/home.html Official Site]
* [http://www.lawyerscommittee.org/2005website/projects/housing/comminitative.html The Lawyers' Committee's Community Development Project]
* [http://www.house.gov/apps/list/speech/il02_jackson/050722LawyersCommitteeStatementVRAReauthorization.html Congressman Jesse L. Jackson Jr. Commends the Committee]
* [http://www.nationalcampaignforfairelections.org National Campaign for Fair Elections]


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