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Oral argument in Edmund's lawsuit against discriminatory St. Louis policy

By Joshua P. Thompson Senior Attorney

This upcoming Wednesday, April 5, Wencong Fa and I will be in St. Louis for oral argument in E.L. v. Voluntary Interdistrict Choice Corporation. We will be representing Edmund Lee and his mother La’Shieka White in their quest to strike down a St. Louis policy that prohibits African-American children from attending magnet and charter schools in the City of St. Louis. For more on this case please visit our casepage. And if you are in the St. Louis area on Wednesday, please come and Stand With Edmund.  Argument is at the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit at 9 a.m.  The courthouse is located at 111 South 10th St in St. Louis.

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Edmund Lee Jr. v. Voluntary Interdistrict Choice Corporation

As part of a decades-old desegregation lawsuit settlement in St. Louis, Missouri, the Voluntary Inderdistrict Choice Corporation (VICC) enacted a policy for city and county schools that prohibits African-American students who live in the county from transferring into magnet and charter schools within the St. Louis city limits. White students may transfer to these schools. African-American third grader Edmund Lee happily attended a charter school in the city and wanted to continue when his family moved out into the county. The policy prohibited his transfer because of his race. PLF represents Edmund and his mother, La’Shieka White, in a lawsuit challenging the policy as violating the Constitution’s Equal Protection Clause.

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