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June 23, 2016

Disappointing decision in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin

In a 4-3 decision, the Supreme Court ruled that the University of Texas’s use of race in its admissions process does not violate the Constitution. Justice Kennedy wrote the Court’s opinion. The decision is what you’d expect from an opinion upholding the university’s race-based admissions plan — deferential and uncritic ...

February 17, 2016

PLF's Wen Fa to participate in affirmative action debate at UC Berkeley

The 16th Annual Bay Area APALSA Conference will take place this Saturday at UC Berkeley School of Law. I’ll be discussing affirmative action with fellow panelists Professor Brian Landsberg (McGeorge School of Law), former Assistant Attorney General Bill Lann Lee (Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center), and Kevin Lo (Asian Americans A ...

May 14, 2015

The Supreme Court should grant certiorari in Fisher

A few months back, PLF filed this brief in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin urging the Supreme Court to take the case. Our friends at the Center for Equal Opportunity, the American Civil Rights Institute, Project 21, and the National Association of Scholars joined us on the brief. Next week the Court will meet to discuss whether to ...

March 13, 2015

Making a custom suit with no client in mind: Abigail Fisher returns to the Supreme Court

Abigail Fisher’s equal protection claim is once again before the Supreme Court. Today PLF — joined by our friends at the Center for Equal Opportunity, the American Civil Rights Institute, Project 21, and the National Association of Scholars — filed this brief in support of her petition for certiorari. We asked the Supreme Cour ...

November 12, 2014

Fifth Circuit denies rehearing en banc in Fisher v. University of Texas

The case of Abigail Fisher may be on its way to the Supreme Court a second time.  The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals denied her petition for rehearing en banc. Judge Garza filed a short dissent reiterating the points he made in his panel dissent.  PLF, joined by our friends at the Center for Equal Opportunity, Reason Foundation, ...

October 10, 2014

Why the Colbert Report is wrong about friend-of-the-court briefs

Various news and entertainment outlets have questioned the usefulness of friend-of-the-court briefs (also known as amicus briefs) at the Supreme Court. Both the New York Times and the Colbert Report recently endorsed a law professor’s article questioning the validity of facts in those briefs. Both imply that amicus briefs should not be taken ...

October 07, 2014

An inside look at Fisher

There’s a new book out on Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor.  I have not read the book, but PLF friend Josh Blackman has the scoop on an interesting story about the Fisher decision in the book. According to Blackman (via Nina Totenberg), the case was primed to be decided along they typical 5-4 split (actually 5-3 in this case ...

August 05, 2014

PLF continues to support Abigail Fisher

Yesterday PLF filed this brief amicus curiae in support of Abigail Fisher.  PLF was joined on the brief by our friends from Center for Equal Opportunity, Project 21, Reason Foundation, and Individual Rights Foundation.  Ms. Fisher continues to fight for her right to be treated equally under the law.  As you recall, last year the Supreme Court ...

July 15, 2014

Fifth Circuit: Univ of Texas may admit students using race

Should public universities make admissions decisions based on a student’s race?  Last year, in Fisher v. University of Texas, the Supreme Court held that race could be considered, but only after a university establishes that its use of race is narrowly tailored to achieve “the benefits of a student body diversity that encompasses a bro ...

May 08, 2014

Racial preferences are set for extinction

Over the past year, advocates of racial preferences have suffered so many setbacks that racial preferences are becoming extinct. ...

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