The Fisher oral argument: Meeting Abigail Fisher

October 01, 2012 | By JOSHUA THOMPSON

Here at Pacific Legal Foundation, we have been following the Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin case for years.  The oral argument is now a little over a week away.  I will be traveling to the Supreme Court that day and watching this historic argument live.  [Be sure to tune in to Armstrong & Getty that morning as I will be providing a recap of the oral argument as soon as it concludes.] As part of our run-up to this historic argument, we will be doing a series of blog posts discussing the broad range of issues related to the case.  Here is our first installment.

Throughout this entire litigation, Abigail Fisher has remained in the background.  This courageous young woman — the name behind the biggest civil rights case in years — never made this case about her.  The case has always been about the principle of equality under the law outlined by the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.  For the first time, however, Miss Fisher has spoken up.  In the video below, Miss Fisher explains her case, and why she decided to fight the discriminatory admissions policy at the University of Texas.