42 USC s.1988
TITLE 42, CHAPTER 21, SUBCHAPTER I, § 1988
§ 1988. Proceedings in vindication of civil rights
(b) Attorneys fees
In any action or proceeding to enforce a provision of sections 1981, 1981a, 1982, 1983, 1985, and 1986 of this title, title IX of Public Law 92318 [20 U.S.C. 1681 et seq.], the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 [42 U.S.C. 2000bb et seq.], the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act of 2000 [42 U.S.C. 2000cc et seq.], title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 [42 U.S.C. 2000d et seq.], or section 13981 of this title, the court, in its discretion, may allow the prevailing party, other than the United States, a reasonable attorneys fee as part of the costs, except that in any action brought against a judicial officer for an act or omission taken in such officers judicial capacity such officer shall not be held liable for any costs, including attorneys fees, unless such action was clearly in excess of such officers jurisdiction.
(c) Expert fees In awarding an attorneys fee under subsection (b) of this section in any action or proceeding to enforce a provision of section 1981 or 1981a of this title, the court, in its discretion, may include expert fees as part of the attorneys fee.