The Civil Rights Litigation Clearinghouse: Origins and Goals


  • Margo Schlanger Civil Rights Litigation Clearinghouse; Wade H. and Dores M. McCree Collegiate Professor of Law, University of Michigan



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The Civil Rights Litigation Clearinghouse ( solves a significant information deficit related to civil rights litigation by posting information about thousands of ongoing and closed large-scale civil rights cases. Documents are OCR’d and searchable; cases are searchable by metadata tags as well as full-text searching. Each case has a litigation summary by a law student. We live in a civil rights era—a time when people are using the courts, among other strategies, to fight for civil rights. The Clearinghouse posts the records of those fights, the stories of civil rights cases—across topics, across regions, across organizations—and makes them searchable, usable, and available to everybody.


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Schlanger, Margo. 1999. “Beyond the Hero Judge: Institutional Reform Litigation as Litigation.” Michigan Law Review 97(6): 1994–2036. DOI:

Schlanger, Margo. 2003. “Inmate Litigation.” Harvard Law Review 116(6): 1555–1706. DOI:

Schlanger, Margo. 2006. “Civil Rights Injunctions Over Time: A Case Study of Jail and Prison Court Orders.” New York University Law Review 81(2): 550–630.




How to Cite

Schlanger, Margo. 2018. “The Civil Rights Litigation Clearinghouse: Origins and Goals”. KULA: Knowledge Creation, Dissemination, and Preservation Studies 2 (1):16.