July 16, 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled Tuesday that the University of Texas at Austin (UT) may continue considering race as part of its admission criteria. The US Supreme Court had remanded the case, Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, to the appeals court last year after ...[read more]
June 5, 2014
by Michael Roberts
The Supreme Court first addressed affirmative action in the 1978 case of Bakke v. Regents of the University of California, which concerned the University of California Davis Medical School's use of quota systems for admissions. The Supreme Court held that the quota system, which allocated a ...[read more]
April 22, 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The US Supreme Court ruled 6-2 Tuesday in Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action that the judiciary lacks the authority to overturn a Michigan voter initiative that amended the state's constitution to prohibit race- and sex-based discrimination or preferential treatment in public ...[read more]
July 20, 2013
by Zachariah Rivenbark
The Supreme Court took up the issue of affirmative action in June 2003, when the high court decided the twin cases of Grutter v. Bollinger and Gratz v. Bollinger. Both cases involved the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. The separate cases produced separate results for the undergraduate school ...[read more]
January 18, 2013
by Arjun Mishra
On January 18, 2011, the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit unanimously upheld the University of Texas at Austin's affirmative action policy of giving weight to race in admissions decisions. The plaintiffs, two Caucasian students, were denied admission in 2008 and claimed violation of due ...[read more]
October 9, 2012
by Stephen Krug
JURIST Guest Columnist Ilya Shapiro, a senior fellow in constitutional studies at the Cato Institute, says that the University of Texas at Austin's race-conscious admissions policy must be disallowed because the policy only has a minimal effect on the composition of the student body and the ...[read more]
August 14, 2012
by Max Slater
The Obama administration urged the US Supreme Court on Monday to uphold a policy at the University of Texas (UT) that considers applicants' race in its admissions criteria. The case involves a white applicant to UT who argues that she was denied admission to the school because of her race, in ...[read more]
March 16, 2012
by Sean Gallagher
JURIST Guest Columnist Frances Contreras, Director of the Higher Eduction Program at the University of Washington, says repealing Proposition 209 in California would reinstate a vital admissions tool for underprivileged students...The passage of Proposition 209 in California has resulted in ...[read more]
March 5, 2012
by David Mulock
JURIST Guest Columnist William Araiza of the Brooklyn Law School says that if either the Ninth or Sixth Circuit strikes down state constitutional amendments ending affirmative action in college admissions using older lines of Supreme Court case law, the Supreme Court will likely grant certiorari ...[read more]
February 17, 2012
by David Mulock
JURIST Guest Columnist Jimmy Gurulé of the University of Notre Dame Law School says that Congress may have chosen to protect national security interests over the rights of criminal defendants in allowing a lower standard of constitutional protections under FISA...Defendant Mohanad Shareef Hamma... ...[read more]

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