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Educational Equity

Sheff v. O’Neill

This year, 2014, marks the sixtieth anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education and the twenty-fifth anniversary of the filing of Sheff v. O’Neill, two landmark cases brought...

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Desegregation

Thomas v. School Board St. Martin Parish

On June 24, 2014, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled in favor of LDF’s clients, African-American students in the St. Martin Parish school system.

The court affirmed a lower court’s ruling denying the motions of the school board of St. Martin Parish, which...

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Educational Equity

University of Michigan Race-Conscious Admissions

In June 2003, the Supreme Court issued landmark rulings in two companion cases, Grutter v. Bollinger and Gratz v. Bollinger.  In Grutter, the Court rebuffed a constitutional challenge to the use of race in admissions to the University of Michigan Law School....

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