The U.S. Senate is expected to vote this week to renew key elements of the Voting Rights Act, the landmark 1965 law outlawing poll taxes, literacy tests and other tactics designed to keep blacks from casting ballots.

Southern Poverty Law Center President and CEO Richard Cohen delivered a letter (PDF) to Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld calling for a zero-tolerance policy regarding racist extremism in the U.S. military.

An ordinance designed to penalize undocumented immigrants, under consideration by the Avon Park, Fla., city council, raises serious constitutional issues and will likely lead to protracted litigation.

Under pressure to meet wartime manpower goals, the U.S. military has relaxed standards designed to weed out racist extremists. Large numbers of potentially violent neo-Nazis, skinheads and other white supremacists are now learning the art of warfare in the armed forces.

In commentary published yesterday by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Julian Bond said the Voting Rights Act of 1965 remains pertinent today, and urged Congress to renew key provisions.

The National Law Journal, a weekly newspaper for the legal profession, includes Southern Poverty Law Center founder and chief trial counsel Morris Dees in a recent compilation of America's 100 most influential lawyers.

Teaching Tolerance, a program of the Southern Poverty Law Center, won an unprecedented nine awards, including Periodical of the Year, from the Association of Educational Publishers on Friday in Washington, D.C.

A federal grand jury has indicted the top leader of the neo-Nazi National Alliance, once the most feared hate group in America, and charged him and two subordinates with conspiring to deprive non-white people in Salt Lake City of their civil rights, the U.S. Department of Justice announced today.

A renowned international law firm partnered with the University of Alabama School of Law to establish the Morris Dees Justice Award.

A federal court in Tennessee this week issued an emergency protective order against Superior Forestry Service Inc. after its agent threatened to have two Mexican workers deported in retaliation for their participation in the Southern Poverty Law Center's lawsuit against the company.