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Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin (Amicus Brief)

The Brennan Center and the League of Women Voters filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the U.S. Supreme Court urging the Court to uphold the University of Texas at Austin’s admissions policies, including the university’s reasonable efforts to encourage diversity in its classrooms.

Published: August 13, 2012

Press release avail­able here.

The Univer­sity of Texas’ nuanced admis­sions program, which considers race as one of many factors in its review of student applic­a­tions, is under attack in a case called Fisher v. Univer­sity of Texas at Austin. Abigail Fisher, the plaintiff in the lawsuit, argues that race should not be considered in the admis­sions process, even though the university’s indi­vidu­al­ized admis­sions process was designed specific­ally to comply with past Supreme Court cases.

The Bren­nan Center, along with The League of Women Voters, filed an amicus brief in the United States Supreme Court, urging the Court to recog­nize that diversity in higher educa­tion is crucial for the success of our multi-racial demo­cracy.

The brief was authored with pro bono coun­sel at Debevoise & Plimp­ton LLP.