- Kimel v. Florida Board of Regents (2000)
Recent cutting-edge constitutional advocacy efforts began when DREDF joined a coalition of legal and advocacy organizations in filing an amicus brief Kimel. This case addressed the authority of Congress to apply the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) to states. While not a disability case, it was widely regarded as launching a general reconsideration of sovereign immunity, and thus highly relevant to all diversity communities. The high court dealt a substantial initial blow to federal statutory civil rights when it ruled in Kimel that Congress lacked constitutional authority to subject states to lawsuits under the ADEA.