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December 09, 2015

Should Abigail Fisher's suit be mooted? (Answer: No.)

The Supreme Court heard oral argument in Fisher v. University of Texas today. As our regular readers know by now, this case concerns the University of Texas’ (UT) use of race in composing its undergraduate class. While most of the oral argument focused on the merits of the case, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg asked a question about ...

October 12, 2015

The gavel is down: the High Court is in session

As is its tradition, the Supreme Court began its new Term on the first Monday in October. In the weeks leading up to that day, many organizations host "preview" events (especially in Washington, DC) with leading Supreme Court advocates and other legal experts to discuss the most important cases the Court has agreed to hear. ...

June 24, 2013

PLF statement on Supreme Court’s ruling in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin

(Pacific Legal Foundation submitted an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court in the Fisher case, in opposition to the race-based preferences in the University of Texas-Austin's admissions program.) June 24, 2013 — Pacific Legal Foundation Principal Attorney Meriem L. Hubbard issued this statement today on the Supreme Court's ruling in Fisher ...

June 24, 2013

Supreme Court issues Fisher opinion

The decision in Fisher has finally arrived.  In short the Supreme Court held that the Fifth Circuit (when it upheld the University of Texas at Austin’s racial preference policies admissions) did not hold the university to the demanding burden of strict scrutiny.  The decision was 7-1, written by Justice Kennedy with Justice Ginsburg dissent ...

June 03, 2013

Supreme Court cases we’re waiting for

It's June, and that means Supreme Court season. Over the coming weeks we'll be looking for decisions in some crucial cases involving constitutional protections for property rights, racial equality, and other matters central to PLF's mission. Here's what we're waiting for: ...

July 24, 2012

U.S. Supreme Court’s October calendar features two PLF amicus cases

The U.S. Supreme Court's October calendar is shaping up to be another blockbuster for PLF.  Not only will the Court hear arguments in the challenge to the University of Texas at Austin's use of racial classifications in Fisher v. University of Texas, but it also scheduled oral argument in the temporary taking case, Arkansas Game ...

May 29, 2012

The Supreme Court should overrule Grutter

Today, Pacific Legal Foundation filed its brief in the Supreme Court in Fisher v. University of Texas. As you know, PLF has been heavily involved in Fisher for almost three years. We did a video on the case.  I authored these two articles on the case.  We appeared on NPR and wrote op-eds.  And, of ...

May 23, 2012

Quote of the day: Abigail Therstrom

From her interview with the Wall Street Journal: After the passage in 1996 of California’s Proposition 209, which banned the use of race and ethnicity in public university admissions in that state, “the system as a whole did not lose blacks, and minority graduation rates went up. Nobody wants to talk about that. All that ...

May 01, 2012

The University of Texas spends (an additional) $1 million on attorneys in Fisher

It has been widely reported that the University of Texas has decided to forgo representation from the Texas Attorney General’s Office in Fisher.  Instead, the University is going to spend $1 million on outside counsel.  That price tag is for one opposition brief and the oral argument.  Doesn’t one million dollars seem a bit high?  ...

April 24, 2012

Roger Clegg puts the AP in its place

Over the weekend, the Associated Press put a very silly “report” on campus diversity in California.  The “report” notes that: The effects of California’s ban, known as Proposition 209, are particularly evident at the world-renowned University of California, Berkeley campus, where the student body is highly diverse but ...