Equality Under The Law
Project

“We hold these truths to be self-evident,

that all men are created equal.”

Our country has struggled to live up to this principle for nearly 250 years. We fought a Civil War and amended the Constitution to guarantee the “equal protection of the laws” for “all persons.” Brave men and women who opposed Jim Crow unflinchingly fought and died for equality in the Civil Rights Movement.

Critical Race Theory

Now, the principle of equality is under attack once again. Under the guise of “diversity,” “equity,” and “inclusion,” Americans are being told that we are not all created equal. We are created, they say, into groups of “privileged” and “oppressed.” We are told that people of color can never succeed because an invisible “system” of racism exists everywhere. We are told that the government must distribute benefits based on race, using present-day race discrimination in the hopes of somehow making up for past discrimination. This theory, called Critical Race Theory, is invading our schools, workplaces, and government programs like a virus.

Clients

States

Since January 2021, WILL has represented 43 clients from 17 states who are standing up for equality under law.

Open Cases

Bruckner v. Biden

Florida small-business owner, Christian Bruckner, filed a federal lawsuit against the Biden Administration challenging unconstitutional race and gender quotas in the new $1.2 trillion federal infrastructure law.

Moses v. Comcast

Four small business owners filed a federal lawsuit against Comcast Cable Communications for developing and implementing a small business program that excludes them on the basis of their race.

RABIEBNA V. HIGHER EDUCATIONAL AIDS BOARD

The eligibility categories in the Minority Undergraduate Retention Program amount to discrimination based on race, national origin, and alienage, a practice clearly forbidden by the Wisconsin Constitution.

Demand Letter & Concluded Cases

JOHNSON V. WEC

WILL filed an original action with the Wisconsin Supreme Court urging the Court to declare the current legislative districts unconstitutional and establish a judicial plan of apportionment.

Media

National Review | Biden's Student Loan Action is Obviously Unconstitutional, So Why Can't Anyone Stop It?

WILL President and General Counsel, Rick Esenberg, and Deputy Counsel, Dan Lennington, write in National Review about the Biden Administration’s plan to forgive student loan debt and why it’s concerning.  Read More.

The Federalist | Another Racist Biden Program Looks To Help Anyone But Whites

WILL President and General Counsel, Rick Esenberg, and Deputy Counsel, Dan Lennington, write in The Federalist that the Constitution broadly forbids race discrimination by the government.  Read More.

The Federalist | Gun Owners Are Racist, According To Academics Using Bad Science

WILL Deputy Counsel, Dan Lennington, and Research Director- Will Flanders, PhD- write in The Federalist how two recent studies portary a horrible narrative: that the reason white people own guns is because they are racist and fear black people.  Read More.

The American Mind | Who is a Person?

WILL Deputy Counsel, Dan Lennington, writes in The American Mind about how after the overruling of Roe v. Wade our country will have to answer an important question: what is a person?  Read More.

The American Mind | Woke Racism

WILL Deputy Counsel, Dan Lennington, highlights how large corporations may be running afoul of federal law with woke policies and programs.  Read More.

Wall Street Journal | Why I Sued Comcast for Discrimination

Indiana small business owner and WILL client, Christopher Moses, appears in the Wall Street Journal explaining why he is suing Comcast for race discrimination.  Read More.

National Review Online | Why We Must Fight the Biden Equity Agenda

Rick Esenberg and Dan Lennington write in National Review Online about recent legal successes challenging President Joe Biden’s equity agenda. Read More.

Wisconsin State Journal | Wisconsin homeowner aid program removes racial component after facing challenge

The Wisconsin State Journal reports on Governor Evers’ decision to remove racial classifications from a grant program after a WILL letter. Read More.

The Federalist | Christian University Bans Professor From Campus For Critiquing Its Dive Into ‘Equity’ And ‘Inclusion’

Joy Pullman at The Federalist dives into the case of Dr. Schulz’s suspension from Concordia Univeristy. Read More.

Fox News | Dan Lennington Talks Race Discrimination in Health Care

WILL Deputy Counsel, Dan Lennington, discussed WILL’s letter to SSM Health. Watch here.

Podcast | PART 1 of Rescuing and Defending Equality

WILL Deputy Counsel, Dan Lennington, discusses the Equality Under the Law Project on the Prosperity 101 podcast. Listen here.

PODCAST | Part 2 of Rescuing and Defending Equality

WILL Deputy Counsel, Dan Lennington, discusses the Equality Under the Law Project on the Prosperity 101 podcast.  Listen here.

National Review | The Race-Marxists Finally Went Too Far

Mario Loyola highlights WILL’s recent role in fighting for equality under the law in the courts.  Read More

The Federalist | Your Race Might Determine Whether You Get Lifesaving Medical Care

WILL Deputy Counsel, Dan Lennington, explains how concepts of ‘health equity’ may be changing health care in America.  Read More

WILL Blog | AS A LATINA, CRT TEACHING WOULD HAVE CAUSED ME TO RESENT MY WHITE PEERS AND FAMILY

WILL Policy Intern, Miranda Spindt, explains how CRT concepts would have hurt her education and development.  Read More

Washington Times | No person of color is well-served by removing the need to compete

WILL Bradley Freedom Fellow, Shannon Whitworth, writes in the Washington Times on a recent demand from a social justice group in Dallas that white people refrain from sending their children to elite colleges.  Read More

RealClearEducation| Why Critical Race Theory Harms the Black Community

Bill Brewer of Slinger, Wisconsin writes in support of curriculum transparency legislation as he and other community members try to root out Critical Race Theory in their schools. Read More

The Federalist | The ACLU Has It Backward: Schools Should Worry About Being Sued For Teaching Critical Race Theory

WILL President and General Counsel, Rick Esenberg, writes in The Federalist on the legal danger to schools if they teach certain CRT concepts. Read More

National Review | The Racialized ‘Equity’ Agenda in Biden’s Infrastructure Bill

WILL Deputy Counsel, Dan Lennington, writes in National Review on the concerning ‘equity’ agenda in the new bipartisan infrastructure bill. Read More

WILL Launches Equality Under the Law Project

WILL President and General Counsel, Rick Esenberg, and Deputy Counsel, Dan Lennington, discuss the launch of Equality Under the Law Project. Watch

The Federalist: The Biden Administration Banned Me From COVID Relief Because I’m A White Man

WILL client and Tennessee restaurant owner, Tony Vitolo, tells his story about what is at stake in his lawsuit against the federal SBA.  Read More

Rick Esenberg and Adam Faust Update Tucker Carlson on Court Victory

WILL President, Rick Esenberg, and Wisconsin dairy farmer, Adam Faust, update Tucker Carlson on WILL’s recent court victory in Faust v. Vilsack.  Watch the Interview

National Review: The Biden Administration’s Threat to Equality under the Law

WILL Deputy Counsel, Dan Lennington, writes in National Review on the critical importance of fighting back against the Biden administration’s racial equity agenda.  Read More

RealClearEducation: Critical Race Theory Has No Place in Our Schools

Rick Esenberg and Dan Lennington highlight the legal and moral danger of new Department of Education policies pushing Critical Race Theory in public schools.  Read More

USA TODAY: Joe Biden's COVID debt relief for farms doesn't apply to white farmers. That's wrong.

WILL Bradley Freedom Fellow, Shannon Whitworth, and Wisconsin farmer Christopher Baird explain my new racial discrimination cannot be the answer to historical racial discrimination.   Read More

WSJ Editorial: Stopping Racial Bias in Covid Relief

WSJ editorial board highlight’s WILL’s recent court victory in fight against racial discrmination in federal COVID aid to restaurants.   Read More

Glenn Beck: Dan Lennington and Adam Faust Talk Lawsuit Against USDA

Deputy Counsel, Dan Lennington, and Wisconsin farmer, Adam Faust, join Glenn Beck’s radio program to discuss the lawsuit against race discrimination in a farmer loan forgiveness program.  Watch here.

American Mind: How President Biden Stands The American Idea on its Head

Rick Esenberg writes in The American Mind on President Biden’s decision to cancel an executive order that forbid federal agencies from teaching racial or sexual stereotyping.  Read More

Rick Esenberg and Adam Faust Join Tucker Carlson Tonight

Rick Esenberg and Wisconsin dairy farmer, Adam Faust, explain WILL’s lawsuit against the USDA for race discrimination.  Watch the interview.

Cap Times: Wisconsin's race-based scholarships amount to state-sponsored race discrimination

Rick Esenberg and Dan Lennington write in the Cap Times on the race discrimatination in Wisconsin scholarships.  Read More

National Review: Why 'Equity' is a Bad Fit for our Legal System

WILL President and General Counsel, Rick Esenberg, writes in National Review Online on the attempt to insert equity into American law.  Read More

The Federalist: Madison's Racial Discrimination is Not Progress

Dan Lennington writes in The Federalist on the City of Madison’s attempt to place use racial discrimination to determine eligibility for a Police Oversight Board.  Read More