As the organization that litigated Brown v. Board of Education, the landmark Supreme Court case that struck down segregation in public schools, the Legal Defense Fund (LDF) has long led the struggle for equal education in the United States. That struggle continues today, both in and outside the courts, where LDF works tirelessly to advance educational equity, and ensure that all students have access to a safe, inclusive, and high-quality education.
On December 9, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court once again reviewed the constitutionality of UT Austin’s undergraduate admissions policy, which considers race among many other factors in order to admit a student body that is both exceptionally academically qualified and broadly diverse.
The Legal Defense Fund has been involved in Fisher from the outset. On behalf of the UT Black Student Alliance, LDF presented oral argument in the court of appeals in support of the University’s admissions policy. In August, 2012 and again in November 2015 LDF filed friend-of-the-court briefs in the Supreme Court.