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Affirmative Action on Supreme Court Radar

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In an order issued today, the U.S. Supreme Court, without any input from Justice Kagan, agreed to hear a case challenging the affirmative action policies at The University of Texas at Austin,  In Abigail Fisher v. The University of Texas at Austin, et al., the key issue that will be decided is whether The University of Texas at Austin correctly used race and ethnicity in its undergraduate admissions policy.

The University of Texas implemented a “holistic review” policy that considers race and ethnicity as one factor to diversify its entering undergraduate class.  Fisher claims that the state’s “Top Ten Percent” race-neutral law satisfies the diversity needs of the University.  The University argues that its policy is in compliance with the Supreme Court’s 2003 decision in Grutter v. Bollinger, and that is has made “good faith” efforts to comply.

Because of the case’s national implications, numerous amicus curiae briefs will be filed.

Stay tuned for an oral argument date.

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February 21, 2012 at 7:32 pm

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