Web Resource: Civil Rights Litigation Clearinghouse
The Civil Rights Litigation Clearinghouse is an invaluable online resource from the University of Michigan Law School. With a growing database of almost 5,000 cases, the clearinghouse provides case summaries, lists of judges/lawyers involved, links to pleadings and other documents, and more for impact litigation lawsuits (i.e., lawsuits seeking future policy changes, not money damages) across a range of substantive law areas — among them prison conditions, juvenile institutions, immigration, policing, and indigent defense. The website already includes almost 600 entries for prison conditions cases alone. For instance, here’s the entry on Plata v. Schwarzenegger, one of California’s ongoing class action suits seeking to improve prison health care.