The Supreme Court should grant certiorari in Fisher

May 14, 2015 | By JOSHUA THOMPSON

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  ...


Moneyball Sentencing

October 27, 2014 | By ANASTASIA BODEN

University of New Mexico School of Law Professor Dawinder Sidhu has an excellent article available at SSRN about the criminal justice’s system increasing use of statistics to predict a defendant’s future dangerousness.  Professor Sidhu analogizes to the concept of Moneyball—or the practice of using batting statistics to predict a bas ...


PLF continues to support Abigail Fisher

August 05, 2014 | By JOSHUA THOMPSON

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 ...


PLF's Joshua Thompson reports live from the Supreme Court's Fisher argument

October 10, 2012 | By TIMOTHY SANDEFUR

PLF’s Joshua Thompson spoke with northern California’s Armstrong & Getty immediately after the oral argument in Fisher v. University of Texas this morning. You can listen to the report here. (Starts at about 7:50.) … ...


Supreme Court will hear Texas affirmative action case

February 21, 2012 | By TIMOTHY SANDEFUR

The U.S. Supreme Court announced this morning that it will review the case of Fisher v. University of Texas. … ...


With Fisher looming, UC continues to see increase in minority applicants

January 13, 2012 | By JOSHUA THOMPSON

I stumbled upon this story while reading the Sacramento Bee this afternoon. It appears that African-American and Latino applications to the University of California system have increased (again) this past year. Even as a percentage of total applicants, African-American and Latino applications increased. In fact, the only racial group that has seen ...


UT asked to file a response in Fisher

November 02, 2011 | By JOSHUA THOMPSON

Yesterday, the US Supreme Court ordered the University of Texas to file a response to Abigail Fisher’s petition for certiorari.  And, in other news, the sun rose in the east this morning. Yes, this was widely expected, but the speed with which the Supreme Court acted, strongly suggests that this case has piqued the interest of at … ...


What's so compelling about diversity anyway?


Author: Joshua Thompson PLF recently filed a brief in Fisher v. University of Texas. There, two white female students are challenging the admissions process at the University of Texas that grants preferences to black and Hispanic students. In our brief (in which we are joined by the American Civil Rights Institute, the National Association of R ...


Discrimination in Texas


Author: Joshua Thompson The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has set August 3 for oral argument in Fisher v. State of Texas.  Fisher deals with the University of Texas' race-conscious admissions program.  The oral argument will be held in New Orleans, and I recently published an op-ed on the case in ...