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  • History Lessons

    10/03/12

    The Sweatt family’s brief in the pending Supreme Court case, Fisher v. University of Texas, which the justices will hear next Wednesday, makes much of Chief Justice Vinson’s reference to “the interplay of ideas and the exchange of views.” It was, the brief maintains, “this court’s first recognition of the importance of diversity in higher education.”

    Read the full article in The New York Times.

  • UT’s Race-Conscious Admissions Policy Promotes Individual Dignity for All Students

    10/03/12

    Even more so today than when the Supreme Court upheld the University of Michigan Law School’s race-conscious admissions policy nine years ago in Grutter v. Bollinger, there is broad consensus that a diverse college experience better prepares students to participate in our nation’s civic life and our rapidly globalizing economy. This consensus is reflected by the wide spectrum of amicus filings suppodrting the University of Texas’s admissions program in Fisher v.

  • Statement of Acting President and Director-Counsel Debo P. Adegbile on Pennsylvania Voter ID Court Ruling

    10/02/12

    "Today's significant ruling blocking Pennsylvania's ill-conceived and discriminatory photo identification law ensures that it will not be in place for this election.

    Here is what we know about Pennsylvania's photo identification measure: it would have unjustifiably narrowed the electorate, and affected many minority, poor, old and disabled voters.

  • Staking too much on one test

    10/01/12

    Picture this: You’ve worked hard all of your life. You have the grades and academic awards to prove it. You are recognized as one of the best students in your peer group. And you have the chance to apply for an educational opportunity that could change your life. But getting this opportunity requires that you take a test. No other factors matter.

    Yet it turns out that this test has never been shown to actually measure whether you are qualified for that big opportunity, and it certainly doesn’t take into account all the work you have done.

  • Bronx DA No Longer Prosecuting Some Stop-And-Frisk Cases

    10/01/12

    The Bronx district attorney's office is no longer prosecuting people stopped and arrested for trespassing unless the arresting officer ensures the arrest is warranted.

    The DA's bureau chief for Arraignments, Jeannette Rucker, sent a letter to the NYPD saying arresting officers will now have to submit to an interview, as first reported by The New York Times.