SCOTUS Takes Up Affirmative Action

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Students walk through the quad outside the student union at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on Monday, Oct. 24, 2022. The U.S. Supreme Court will hear a case on Monday, Oct. 31, over the university’s consideration of race in the admissions process. (AP Photo/Hannah Schoenbaum)

The Supreme Court will take up a challenge to race-based college admission practices today in two affirmative action cases, involving Harvard and the University of North Carolina. The group Students for Fair Admissions is looking for the court to throw out a 1978 case they gave the green light for universities to consider race in determining who would be admitted.

Nine states have already passed their own law saying affirmative action cannot be used in college admissions. Many legal observers believe the court is ready to strike down affirmative action, because of the conservative majority. The newest justice, Ketanji Brown Jackson had a relationship with Harvard on the board there, so she is recusing herself from this specific case.

Now outside of the court, the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and other justice organizations are outside of the courts in support of affirmative action. The Lawyers Committee’s very own David Hinojosa will defend race-conscious admissions before the court.

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