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The Obama administration on Monday joined a long list of higher-education associations, civil-rights groups, and other organizations in urging the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold race-conscious admission policies in a case involving the University of Texas at Austin.
LDF Files an Amicus Brief in Support of Justice Bernette Johnson’s Contested Ascent to Chief Justice of the Louisiana Supreme Court8/14/12Related Case or Issue:
Justice Johnson Would be the Court’s First African-American Chief Justice
New York, New York—The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) filed a friend of the court brief in Chisom v. Jindal, in support of claims that Justice Bernette Johnson is next in line to succeed the current chief justice of the Louisiana Supreme Court, becoming the first African-American chief justice.
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.
For Cris Rubio, there wasn't much suspense about what came after he graduated high school in 2003. Rubio had been second in his class for much of his four years — he eventually finished fourth — and under the Texas Top Ten Percent Plan, any student in the top 10 percent of their high school class, by grade-point average, was given automatic admission to any state public university.
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.