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The Power of Now
Monday, August 13, 2012
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.
A wide range of over 70 amici briefs were filed supporting diversity in Fisher. These included the United States, student organizations, 444 prominent social scientists, leading empirical scholars, the Anti-Defamation League, and a large number of colleges and universities ranging from public flagship schools (e.g., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) to eight Catholic universities (e.g., Fordham, Georgetown, Notre Dame) and 37 private liberal arts colleges (e.g., Amherst, Oberlin, Wesleyan). Dozens of additional significant briefs were also filed later, including briefs from high-ranking retired military officials, leading corporations, small business owners, 17 U.S. Senators, National League of Cities, states (e.g., California), religious denominations, labor unions, the College Board, and civil and human rights organizations (e.g., MALDEF and other Latino organizations, Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, Asian American Center for Advancing Justice,National Women's Law Center, Leadership Conference for Civil and Human Rights, ACLU and the American Jewish Committee).