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 Statesstudent organizations444 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 owners17 U.S. SenatorsNational League of Citiesstates (e.g., California), religious denominationslabor unions, the College Board, and civil and human rights organizations (e.g., MALDEF and other Latino organizationsAsian American Legal Defense and Education FundAsian American Center for Advancing Justice,National Women’s Law CenterLeadership Conference for Civil and Human RightsACLU and the American Jewish Committee).