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BOX 1-19 Office for Civil Rights, 1961-1981
The Office for Civil Rights series features administrative and legal files pertaining to Tatel’s activities to enforce federal civil rights laws as Director for the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) for the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare (HEW) during the Carter administration. The administrative files include memoranda to the Under Secretary of HEW, weekly early warning reports identifying civil rights issues of priority, and briefing material, consisting mainly of reports, statements and memoranda, evaluating the Office’s performance. The majority of the series documents the OCR’s efforts to desegregate state higher education systems in North Carolina, Oklahoma, and Virginia. Administrative enforcement proceedings were initiated against North Carolina for not taking action to change its dual systems. In 1978 HEW Secretary Joseph A. Califano Jr. accepted a desegregation plan by North Carolina officials. Tatel felt the plan did not adequately meet the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act and considered resigning. The files include a draft letter of resignation about the matter that Tatel did not send. Also present in the Office for Civil Rights series are papers pertaining to the racial desegregation of primary and secondary schools in Chicago, Illinois, and New York, New York. Papers for the majority of the series consist mostly of photocopies rather than original items.

Material types include correspondence, memoranda, briefing books and briefing papers, reports, plans, legislative testimony, deposition transcripts, court documents, newspaper clippings, and other material.
Arranged alphabetically by topic or type of material and therein alphabetically.
BOX 1 Administrative file
BOX 1 Budget and finance, 1978-1980
BOX 1 Califano, Joseph A., Jr., resignation, 1979
BOX 1 Early warning reports, 1978-1979
(4 folders)
BOX 1 Initiatives and accomplishments, FY79, 1979
BOX 1 Memoranda to the Under Secretary, 1977-1979
(2 folders)
BOX 2 Memoranda to the Under Secretary, 1977-1979
(2 folders)
BOX 2 Office for Civil Rights briefing paper, 1979
BOX 2 Office for Civil Rights complaint procedures, 1979
(2 folders)
BOX 2 Office for Civil Rights performance, 1979
(2 folders)
BOX 2 Office for Civil Rights performance, 1980
(2 folders)
BOX 3 Personal highlight book, 1974-1979
BOX 3 Quality assurance program handbook, 1979
BOX 3 Age discrimination, 1977-1979
(5 folders)
BOX 4 Anti-civil rights amendments, 1979
BOX 4 Architectural standard for accessibility for physically handicapped, 1961
BOX 4 Cannon v. University of Chicago, 1979
BOX 4 Health policy, 1975-1979
BOX 4 Language-based discrimination in education (Lau remedies), 1978-1979
(4 folders)
BOX 5 Legislative testimony
BOX 5 1977
BOX 5 1978, Apr.
(1 folder)
BOX 6 1978, Apr.
(1 folder)
BOX 6 1978, May-Dec.
BOX 6 1979, Feb.-Mar.
(1 folder)
BOX 7 1979, Feb.-Mar.
(2 folders)
BOX 8 1979, Apr.-Oct.
BOX 8 New York State Association for Retarded Children and Parisi v. Carey, 1979
BOX 8 Policies, 1978-1979
BOX 8 Racial desegregation in higher education
BOX 8 Alabama, 1981
BOX 8 Arkansas, 1978-1979
(2 folders)
BOX 8 Delaware, 1981
BOX 8 Florida, 1981
BOX 8 Missouri, 1981
BOX 8 North Carolina
BOX 8 Adams criteria, 1977
BOX 8 Affidavit background material, 1977-1981
(1 folder)
BOX 9 Affidavit background material, 1977-1981
(3 folders)
BOX 9 Briefing book, 1980
BOX 9 Depositions, 1977-1980
(2 folders)
BOX 10 Depositions, 1977-1980
(3 folders)
BOX 10 Depositions, David Tatel, 1980
BOX 10 Negotiations, 1977-1980
(1 folder)
BOX 11 Negotiations, 1977-1980
(3 folders)
BOX 11 October 1979 submission, 1978-1980
(4 folders)
BOX 12 Proceedings, miscellaneous, 1979-1981
(3 folders)
BOX 12 Oklahoma, 1977-1979
(3 folders)
BOX 13 Oklahoma, 1977-1979
(1 folder)
BOX 13 Pennsylvania, 1981
BOX 13 South Carolina, 1981
BOX 13 Texas, 1981
BOX 13 Virginia, 1977-1979
(3 folders)
BOX 14 Virginia, 1977-1979
(1 folder)
BOX 14 West Virginia, 1981
BOX 14 Racial desegregation in primary and secondary schools
BOX 14 Chicago, Ill.
BOX 14 Briefing book, 1979
(5 folders)
BOX 15 Briefing book, 1979
(1 folder)
BOX 15 General, 1978
(3 folders)
BOX 15 General, 1979
(2 folders)
BOX 16 General, 1979
(7 folders)
BOX 17 General, 1979
(4 folders)
BOX 17 Integration of faculty and bilingual education, 1977-1978
(2 folders)
BOX 18 Integration of faculty and bilingual education, 1977-1978
(2 folders)
BOX 18 New York, N.Y., 1977-1979
(5 folders)
BOX 18 A Report by the Lawyers' Review Committee to Study the Department of Justice, 1972
BOX 18 Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, West Virginia, 1977
BOX 19 Title III developing institutions, 1974-1979
(2 folders)
BOX 19 Title VI enforcement, New York, N.Y., 1978-1979
(3 folders)
BOX 19-477 United States Court of Appeals: Case File, 1994-2014
The United States Court of Appeals: Case File, documenting Tatel’s judicial service from the 1994 to the 2013 terms, reflects the variety of issues heard by the Court including civil rights, federalism, environmental law, civil liberties, national security, and regulatory and labor law. The Case File is arranged by court term from September through June of each year and therein by two types of cases: argued cases and miscellaneous cases. Argued cases are those heard in oral argument by three judge panels or the full court. The argued cases comprise the largest portion of the case files. Occasionally a case scheduled for oral argument was decided without a panel hearing, and these cases remain as they were filed by Tatel’s staff according to their proposed argument date. Miscellaneous cases are appeals matters that were decided without oral argument.

Issues covered in substantive cases in which Tatel participated include network neutrality of the Internet (Verizon v. Federal Communications Commission), implementation of the Clean Air Act by the Environmental Protection Agency (American Trucking Associations v. the Environmental Protection Agency and Coalition for Responsible Regulation v. the Environmental Protection Agency), access obstruction by protestors to abortion clinics (Terry v. Reno), restriction of unaccompanied minors by curfew (Hutchins v. District of Columbia) and racial discrimination in voting (Shelby County v. Holder and Northwest Austin Municipal Utility District 1 v. Mukasey, the latter an opinion written by Tatel as a member of a panel for the federal district court for the District Court of Columbia).

The Court of Appeals Case File also documents the Court’s role as the principle court interpreting the legal rights of non-citizens and United States citizens suspected of terrorism held overseas by the federal government. Cases include those of Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, detainees challenging their imprisonment and confinement conditions (Latif v. Obama and Aamer v. Obama) and the authority of American courts to hear habeas claims by American citizens held out of the country by the military for alleged crimes (Omar v. Harvey). The miscellaneous cases for the 2006 term contain a number of files for a group of Guantánamo Bay special panel matters.

Material types include correspondence, memoranda, notes, orders, briefs, opinions, vote sheets, newspaper clippings, and background material relating to cases in which Tatel participated as a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Some content of case files, including select exhibits, memoranda, draft opinions, notes and depositions, is in digital format as word-processed documents and moving image files.
Arranged by court term and therein alphabetically by type of case: argued cases and miscellaneous cases. The argued cases are further arranged by the date the case was heard by the court and therein by case number. Miscellaneous cases are arranged by case number or alphabetically by case title if there is no case number. The file structure of the digital content maintained as received.
BOX 19-35 1994 term
BOX 19 Argued cases
BOX 19 1993, Sept. 13
BOX 19
93-1092 Action for Children's Television v. Federal Communications Comm'n
BOX 19
93-1100 Pacifica Foundation v. Federal Communications Comm'n
See same container, 93-1092
BOX 19 1993, Sept. 14
BOX 19
93-1169 Alliance for Community Media v. Federal Communications Comm'n
(1 folder)
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