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On Oct. 10, the justices will hear arguments in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, in which a rejected white applicant to the school challenges the admissions practices, which include race as a factor.
It will be the first time since a 2003 case involving the University of Michigan that the high court will take up the issue. In that case, the Supreme Court said the school did not violate the Constitution's equal protection provision by using race in its admissions decisions.
"On this anniversary, we recognize that the Voting Rights Act embodies the highest ideals and commitments of our shared democratic values," said Debo P. Adegbile, LDF's Acting President and Director-Counsel. "These values endure as does America's commitment to them. All Americans are entitled to express their voice with their votes, and the Voting Rights Act continues to stand for this proposition."
In what seems her natural state, Christina Swarns is as sweetly plainspoken and easygoing as a kindergarten teacher, which, decidedly, she is not.
Seated across a conference table in a corner-view meeting room on the 16th floor of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund offices in Manhattan’s Tribeca neighborhood, Swarns brightens another 100 watts when mentioning a collect call the day before from a client she helped get off death row four years ago—someone “near and dear to my heart.”
On July 12, 2012, the United States District Court of the Western District of Louisiana ruled in favor of LDF’s clients in Thomas v. St. Martin Parish School Board, denying the school board’s motions to dismiss this long-standing Louisiana school desegregation case.