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Legal History of Peter A. Schey


Peter A. Schey is an American human rights attorney, based in Los Angeles, California. He is the founder and Executive Director of the Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law. Schey's work has garnered recognition and numerous accolades from various organizations, including the American Bar Association, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, and the National Immigration Law Center. Throughout his career, Schey has represented hundreds of clients, both individuals and organizations, in international forums such as the United Nations and the Organization of American States. He has also represented clients before U.S. courts in precedent-setting class action cases that have affected hundreds of thousands of immigrants, children, and other vulnerable low-income groups.

Previous Litigation

In re Alien Children Education Litigation, Doe v. Plyler

457 U.S. 202, 102 S.Ct. 2382, 95 L.Ed.2d 786

Lead counsel in State-wide class action case finding unconstitutional as a violation of Fourteenth Amendment equal protection a Texas statute which denied public education to undocumented children; over 100,000 children admitted to Texas public schools annually as a result of United States District Court injunction affirmed by United States Supreme Court decision

Enrique Fuenes v. City of Riverside

U.S. District Court, Central District of California

American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, et al., v. Anti-Defamation League of the B'Nai B'rith, et al.

No. Cv. 93-6358-RP

Lead counsel in lawsuit for damages following video-taped beating of Mexican national Mr. Fuenes by Riverside Sheriffs; Mr, Fuenes, a Mexican national migrant, was being smuggled in a high-speed chase; case settled and Mr. Fuenes received an award of $700,000.

Lead counsel in civil rights federal court case against the City and County of San Francisco and other defendants challenging illegal invasions of privacy and surveillance of approximately thousands of individual class members and 1,000 organizations based solely on lawful First Amendment activities; final settlements required identification of thousands of pages of documents containing unlawful law enforcement information, redaction of documents from defendants' files, and injunctions regarding future policies and conduct; attorneys' fees awarded.

American Apparel LLC: Legal counsel

Legal counsel for American Apparel and CEO Dov Charney on range of cases including EEOC conciliation to achieve model sexual harassment policy, EEOC conciliation to achieve model ADA policy, litigation of individual cases, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) I-9 audit, public relations, and corporate social responsibility issues.

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