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Mon Oct 8, 2012, 09:22 PM

Supreme Court Looking At Affirmative Action In College Admissions

Source: huffingtonpost.com

WASHINGTON -- Nine years after the Supreme Court said colleges and universities can use race in their quest for diverse student bodies, the justices have put this divisive social issue back on their agenda in the middle of a presidential election campaign.

Nine years is a blink of the eye on a court where justices can look back two centuries for legal precedents. But with an ascendant conservative majority, the high court in arguments Wednesday will weigh whether to limit or even rule out taking race into account in college admissions.

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Reply Supreme Court Looking At Affirmative Action In College Admissions (Original post)
Grassy Knoll Oct 2012 OP
bigdarryl Oct 2012 #1
Baitball Blogger Oct 2012 #2
primavera Oct 2012 #3
Baitball Blogger Oct 2012 #4
primavera Oct 2012 #6
DonCoquixote Oct 2012 #5
Judi Lynn Oct 2012 #7
pampango Oct 2012 #8

Response to Grassy Knoll (Original post)

Mon Oct 8, 2012, 09:39 PM

1. This isn't looking good


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Response to bigdarryl (Reply #1)

Mon Oct 8, 2012, 10:31 PM

2. Unless we can show glaring examples why the legal remedy is necessary.

...and we can.

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Response to Baitball Blogger (Reply #2)

Mon Oct 8, 2012, 10:34 PM

3. That presumes that this court listens to facts

And, let's face it, they vote their personal ideology over legal merits every time.

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Response to primavera (Reply #3)

Mon Oct 8, 2012, 10:35 PM

4. I think the Supreme Court's crediblity has taken such a hit, that they will listen.

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Response to Baitball Blogger (Reply #4)

Tue Oct 9, 2012, 11:04 AM

6. I'm skeptical that they care about their credibility

But when host Chris Wallace pressed, asking whether Scalia, who in June sided with a minority seeking to overturn the law, felt “any pressure as a result of that to vote a certain way,” Scalia laughed.

“No. What can he do to me? Or to any of us?” the justice responded. “We have life tenure. And we have it precisely so that we will not be influenced by politics, by threats from anybody.”


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Response to Grassy Knoll (Original post)

Mon Oct 8, 2012, 11:45 PM

5. and cue the effort

To make sure them nonwhites never get no schooling,that way they stay on the plantation picking cotton like de lawrd intended...


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Response to Grassy Knoll (Original post)

Thu Oct 11, 2012, 02:24 AM

7. Texas affirmative action plan in trouble at court

Texas affirmative action plan in trouble at court
October 11, 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) — The fate of the University of Texas' affirmative action program rests with the Supreme Court, where skeptical conservative justices indicated they are ready to impose new limits on the use of race in college admissions.

Liberal justices more supportive of affirmative action worried variously at Wednesday's argument that the court would either eviscerate its 9-year-old ruling upholding the use of race or enmesh federal judges around the country in evaluating college admissions programs.

Depending on how broadly the court rules, the decision could affect not only public colleges but most private ones as well. That's because federal civil rights law prevents discrimination by institutions that receive federal money.

"A decision condemning Texas' admissions procedures might well be taken, depending on how it was written, to confound and restrict (our) effort to assemble diverse student bodies," 37 small private colleges in 12 states told the court in a written submission. More than five dozen private schools, including the eight Ivy League colleges, chimed in to support the Texas plan.


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Response to Grassy Knoll (Original post)

Thu Oct 11, 2012, 04:57 AM

8. 74 "Friend of the court" briefs supporting UT; 19 supporting Fisher. The list:

Amicus Curiae

Briefs in Support of Respondent (University of Texas)

The United States
17 United States Senators
66 Members of Congress
38 Members of the Texas State Senate and House of Representatives
57 Fortune 100 and Other Leading American Businesses
21 Small Business Owners and Associations
Six Former FCC Commissioners, a Former FCC General counsel, and the Minority Media and Telecommunications Council
Teach for America
37 Former Senior DOD/National Security/Military Leaders
The Family of Heman Sweatt
10 Leading Public Research Universities
The Ivy League and Six Additional Private Colleges and Universities
California Institute of Technology and Nine Additional Private Research Universities
Fordham University and Seven Additional Catholic Universities
Amherst College and 36 Additional Private Colleges and Universities
The University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
Appalachian State University and 35 Additional Colleges and Universities
Houston Community College System
Dean Robert Post, Yale Law School, and Dean Martha Minow, Harvard Law School
President and Chancellors of the University of California
State of California
The State of New York, 13 Additional States, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands
National League of Cities and 16 Additional National Organizations, Higher Education Leaders, and Public Sector Leaders
American Bar Association
New York State Bar Association
Association of the Bar of the City of New York
Boston Bar Association, 10 Additional Bar Associations, the City of Boston, EMC Corporation, National Grid USA, and 24 Law Firms
College Board and 12 Additional Education Organizations
American Council on Education and 39 Other Higher Education Organizations
National Education Association and 27 of its Affiliated State Education Associations, AFL-CIO and its Affiliated National Unions, the Service Employees National Union, and People for the American Way Foundation
National Association of Basketball Coaches, Women's Basketball Coaches Association, Black Coaches and Administrators Organization, and 43 Current and Former Basketball Coaches and Administrators
6 Constitutional Law Scholars and the Constitutional Accountability Center
Association of American Medical Colleges and 29 Additional Healthcare Education Organizations
Association of American Law Schools
Society of American Law Teachers
Law School Admission Council
American Educational Research Association and Seven Additional Research Associations
11 Empirical Scholars
444 American Social Science Researchers
Kimberly West-Faulcon, Loyola Law School Los Angeles
Dr. Robert D. Putnam, Harvard School of Government
American Psychological Association
95 Experimental Psychologists
13 Social and Organizational Psychologists
16 Religious Organizations and Campus Ministries
American Jewish Committee, Central Conference of American Rabbis, and Union for Reform Judaism
Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, 18 Additional Asian and Pacific Islander Organizations, and 52 Higher Education Officials
Asian American Center for Advancing Justice and 74 Additional Asian and Pacific Islander Organizations
NAACP, the Texas State Conference of NAACP Branches, and Barbara Bader Aldave
NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, the UT Black Student Alliance, and the Black Ex-Students of Texas, Inc.
United Negro College Fund
American Civil Liberties Union
Anti-Defamation League
Coalition of Black Male Achievement Initiatives
Coalition of Four Bar Associations of Color
23 National Latino Organizations
Advancement Project
Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, Integration and Immigrant Rights and Fight for Equality by any Means Necessary, and United for Equality and Affirmative Action Legal Defense Fund
Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and 17 Additional Civil Rights Organizations
Brennan Center for Law and Justice at NYU School of Law and the League of Women Voters of the United States
National Women's Law Center and 23 Additional Civil Rights Organizations
Five Human Rights Advocate Groups

Howard University School of Law Civil Rights Clinic
American Association for Affirmative Action
28 Undergraduate and Graduate Student Organizations Within the University of California
35 Distinguished Alumni of UT-Austin
14 Former and Recent University of Texas Student Body Presidents
United States Student Association
National Black Law Students Association
Council for Minority Affairs at Texas A&M University and Three Additional Student Organizations, and 167 Texas College Students for Diversity
Harvard Graduate School of Education Students for Diversity
David Boyle
Emory OUTLaw and Emory Latin American Law Students Association

Briefs in Support of Petitioner (Fisher)

Texas Association of Scholars
The Center for Individual Rights
The Honorable Allen B. West
Mountain States Legal Foundation
American Civil Rights Union
California Association of Scholars, et. al.
Abigail Thernstrom, et. al.
Scholars of Economics and Statistics
Southeastern Legal Foundation, Inc.
Current and Former Federal Civil Rights Officials
Judicial Watch, Inc. & Allied Educational Foundation
Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law, et. al.
Asian American Legal Foundation & the Judicial Education Project
Cato Institute
The American Center for Law and Justice
Gail Heriot and other members of the United States Commission on Civil Rights
Pacific Legal Foundation, et. al.

Briefs in Support of Neither Party

Equal Employment Advisory Council
Richard Sander and Stuart Taylor, Jr.


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