Protecting Young People and Vulnerable Groups
ICAP represents young people, communities of color, and other groups harmed by discriminatory policies, unconstitutional policing practices, and other tortious or unlawful conduct.
ICAP helped preserve a win for unaccompanied migrant children suing a juvenile detention center for inadequate mental health care after the Supreme Court declined to grant certiorari on a Fourth Circuit case holding that the adequacy of care should be judged by the standard of professional judgment.
ICAP serves or has served as lead counsel representing firefighters seeking relief from the New York Fire Department’s “clean shave” policy, and representing a plaintiff arguing before the Utah Supreme Court to overturn a decision that precludes tort victims from seeking compensation for injuries arising out of religiously motivated conduct, as well as co-counsel representing the Board of Education of Howard County, Maryland, in its defense against state and federal lawsuits seeking to invalidate a statutorily defined position on the board for a voting student member. ICAP also represents the South Carolina State Conference of the NAACP and the Orangeburg County School District in an attempt to intervene and defend against the erosion of public-school funding in South Carolina. ICAP also successfully represented an Alabama teenager challenging her local school district’s deliberate indifference to her assault by other classmates as a violation of Title IX.
- 11/29/23 – Filed an amicus brief in the Southern District of New York on behalf of 107 West Point graduates in their personal capacities in defense of race-based admissions, explaining why diversity makes the U.S. Army more effective and saves American troops’ lives.
- 1/10/23 – Filed a brief on behalf of a class of homeless residents opposing rehearing of a Ninth Circuit decision enjoining, on Eighth Amendment grounds, enforcement of a set of city ordinances that made it unlawful to rest anywhere at any time on public property
- 6/24/22- Filed an amicus brief in the Supreme Court of Ohio in support of appellants’ right to use their property to provide life-saving tent shelter to unhoused individuals in Akron, OH.
- 7/30/21 – Filed a brief in the Ninth Circuit challenging the United States Soccer Federation’s discriminatory approach to player compensation as violative of its responsibility to serve the public interest and promote gender equality in sport
- 2/11/21 – Filed a brief in the First Circuit advocating a more tailored standard of review in its application of vagueness doctrine
- 1/19/21 – Filed an amicus brief in the Tenth Circuit in support of victim of workplace retaliation and challenging that an employer’s assertion of a religious motive precludes liability
- 8/3/20 – Filed a merits brief in the Texas Supreme Court on behalf of CHILD USA, a think tank dedicated to ending child abuse, explaining that the First Amendment does not give religious leaders a license to suppress reporting of abuse or escape liability
- 4/7/20 – Filed a brief on behalf of CHILD USA, a think tank dedicated to ending child abuse, urging the Texas Supreme Court to review a case and explaining that the First Amendment does not give religious leaders a license to suppress reporting of abuse or escape liability
- 2/24/20 – Sent a letter to the House Judiciary Committee urging passage of a bill to clarify the criminalization of female genital mutilation
- 6/7/19 – Defended, on behalf of the U.S. House of Representatives, a motion to intervene to defend the constitutionality of a federal law criminalizing female genital mutilation
- 4/30/19 – Filed, on behalf of the U.S. House of Representatives, a motion to intervene to defend the constitutionality of a federal law criminalizing female genital mutilation