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]
December 5, 2011
by Cynthia Miley
On December 5, 2006, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled en banc that the Kamehameha Schools could utilize an admissions policy that gave priority to Native Hawaiian students. The private schools were established in 1883 and educate about 5,100 students from kindergarten through ...[read more]
October 9, 2011
by Alexandra Malatesta
California Governor Jerry Brown Saturday vetoed a bill that would have allowed public colleges and universities to consider demographic factors such as race during the admissions process. The bill, introduced by Senator Ed Hernandez, would have effectively overturned ballot measure Proposition ...[read more]
March 7, 2011
by Clay Flaherty
On March 7, 2005, the US Supreme Court ruled 5-3 in Shepard v. United States that judges passing sentence are confined to information in the charging document, the terms of plea agreements, and the admissions made by the defendant to the trial judge in reaching a sentencing determination. The ...[read more]

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