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American Civil Rights Found. v. Los Angeles Unified Sch. Dist., B205943

In an action alleging that certain programs of defendant-school district violated Proposition 209 because the programs took into account a student's race or ethnicity in determining admission, judgment for defendant is affirmed where the trial court correctly ruled that defendant's Magnet and Permit with Transportation (PWT) programs were exempt from the prohibition in Proposition 209 because they were part of an existing court-ordered integration plan approved and implemented in 1981.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 12/19/2008
  • Published 12/19/2008




  • California Court of Appeal


  • For Appellant:
  • Pacific Legal Foundation, Sharon L. Browne, Harold E. Johnson, Paul J. Beard II, Sacramento, and Elizabeth A. Yi for Plaintiff and Appellant.

  • For Appellees:
  • Baker & Hostetler and Peter W. James, Los Angeles, for Defendant and Respondent., ACLU Foundation of Southern California, Catherine E. Lhamon, Mark D. Rosenbaum, Los Angeles;  NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., Anurima Bhargava, Holly A. Thomas, Leticia Smith-Evans, New York City;  Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, Jason D. Russell, Stacy R. Horth-Neubert, Los Angeles;  Asian Pacific American Legal Center, Julie A. Su;  Hadsell & Stormer, Inc., Virginia Keeny, Pasadena, Anne K. Richardson;  Mexican and American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Cynthia Valenzuela, Pasadena;  Hernan D. Vera and Laura F. Faer, Pasadena, for Intervenors and Respondents Ana Cecilia Alvarez, Darryl Anderson, Maria Cardenas, Coalition for Education Justice, Andrea Dietrich, Norma Echeagaray, Gwen Kenneally, Stephanie Kerley-Schwartz, Dorothea Logan, Simon Maskell, Mara Jean Ziegler and Peter Nathan Ziegler., Winifred Kao;  Scheff, Washington & Driver, Shanta Driver and George B. Washington, Detroit, MI, for Intervenors and Respondents Minerva Almaraz, Felisa Argueta, Henderson Thomas, Susan Yamasaki, Barbara Greenfield, United For Equality and Affirmative Action Legal Defense Fund, Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, Integration & Immigrant Rights and Fight for Equality by Any Means Necessary.
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