Some of Our Recent Cases

Some of Our Recent Cases

NAACP, et al. v. City of San José: Rachel Lederman, Jim Chanin, R. Michael Flynn, and the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights are about to file a major civil rights class action lawsuit addressing San José Police violence and racism against Black Lives Matter demonstrators. We will be seeking to change SJPD practices as well as monetary compensation for those who were injured or wrongfully arrested.

Shirazi v. Oweis: Rachel Lederman and R. Michael Flynn are pursuing redress for UC Santa Cruz graduate student Sabrina Shirazi, who was clubbed on the head and body by UC Police Officers during the grad student strike in February 2020. Ms. Shirazi was simply standing in the crowd during a peaceful labor picket when officers surrounded and beat her, causing a concussion and other injuries. Read more.

Mendoza v. Williams: We are representing a family who were displaced from their rent-controlled San Francisco apartment after a car crashed into the house and the landlord locked them out and failed to make repairs.

Dundon, et al. v. Kirchmeier: Rachel Lederman and leading civil rights lawyers from across the country are representing water protectors – members of the Indigenous-led movement to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline – who were injured when law enforcement used dangerous munitions and fire hoses on them during a peaceful protest in November, 2016. Read more: Water Protector Civil Lawsuit

Bennett, et al. v. Regents: Rachel Lederman and a number of colleagues represented four UC Berkeley students in their struggle to end sexual harassment on campus. The students filed complaints accusing a professor of sexual harassment, gender discrimination and a hostile and intimidating work environment. After a nearly two year effort, the professor was terminated by the University, and we obtained a monetary settlement with UC to compensate the students. SETTLED.

Pholey et al. v. KDF Post Street: Housing rights lawsuit on behalf of low income tenants whose Tenderloin apartment building was in abysmal condition and lacked basic security. SETTLED.

De Nies v. Hong: The plaintiff, a vulnerable, mentally disabled person, was illegally locked out of his rental unit and his personal possessions thrown away. SETTLED.

In re Aguirre: In 2012, César Aguirre was wrongfully convicted of felony vandalism arising from an Occupy Oakland demonstration, after a trial in which the prosecution failed to disclose numerous police body camera videos and reports that contradicted the testimony of the sole prosecution eyewitness against César. Rachel Lederman and co-counsel Brian McComas have been fighting for six years to overturn César’s conviction based on the unconstitutional suppression of exculpatory evidence. The case is currently pending in federal court.