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  • Friends of the Court Support UT Admission Practices


    Updated Aug. 14, 1 p.m.: The chorus calling for the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold the University of Texas at Austin's current policy allowing race to be a factor in admissions decisions has been joined by the family of Heman Sweatt, who was famously denied access to the University of Texas School of Law in 1946 because he was black.

  • High court case looks at affirmative action at universities


    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.

  • Outpouring of Support for College Diversity Seen Today in Supreme Court Case. NAACP Legal Defense Fund Among Wide Array of Groups that Weigh in


    Today the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (“LDF”) is filing an amicus curiae (“friend of the court”) brief in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, urging the U.S. Supreme Court to preserve diversity and opportunity in America’s colleges and universities.

  • LDF on Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act


     "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." 

  • Lady of the Last Chance: Lawyer Makes Her Mark Getting Convicts off Death Row


    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.”