November 14, 2014
by Bradley McAllister
The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Wednesday denied Abigail Fisher's petition for a rehearing en banc in the affirmative action case Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin. The judges for the Fifth Circuit voted 10-5 to deny the petition. The case is on remand from a June 2013 ...[read more]
July 16, 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled Tuesday that the University of Texas at Austin (UT) may continue considering race as part of its admission criteria. The US Supreme Court had remanded the case, Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, to the appeals court last year after ...[read more]
June 24, 2013
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The US Supreme Court ruled 7-1 Monday in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin that the appeals court did not apply the correct standard in upholding a ruling for the university in an affirmative action challenge. Petitioner Abigail Noel Fisher, a Caucasian student, was denied undergraduate ...[read more]
May 17, 2013
by Elizabeth Hand
JURIST Associate Editor Fangxing Li, University of Pittsburgh School of Law Class of 2014, explores the upcoming US Supreme Court decision on affirmative action policies in institutions of higher education and argues that these policies harm rather than help diversity in schools that employ those ...[read more]
April 29, 2013
by Adiah Oreyomi
6/24/2013: Supreme Court remanded affirmative action case back to lower court 3/25/2013: Supreme Court granted certiorari to hear new affirmative action case 11/15/2012: Sixth Circuit ruled Michigan ban on affirmative action unconstitutional 11/6/2012: Oklahoma voters approved ban on ...[read more]
October 11, 2012
by Jaimie Cremeans
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, in which the plaintiff is challenging the constitutionality of the university's affirmative action program. The plaintiff, Abigail Noel Fisher, was denied acceptance to the university and claims that ...[read more]
October 9, 2012
by Stephen Krug
JURIST Guest Columnist Ilya Shapiro, a senior fellow in constitutional studies at the Cato Institute, says that the University of Texas at Austin's race-conscious admissions policy must be disallowed because the policy only has a minimal effect on the composition of the student body and the ...[read more]
September 3, 2012
by Elizabeth Imbarlina
JURIST Guest Columnist Lena Martinez-Watts, St. John's University School of Law Class of 2013, is the author of the second article of a 15-part series from the staffers of the Journal of Civil Rights and Economic Development. She offers insight into the delicate background and issues in Fisher v. ...[read more]
May 18, 2012
by Elizabeth Imbarlina
JURIST Associate Editor James Craig, University of Pittsburgh School of Law Class of 2014, discusses the history of affirmative action and argues that recent studies and case law have left affirmative action with an uncertain future...(His opinions are not intended to represent those of JURIST)In ...[read more]
February 21, 2012
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The US Supreme Court granted certiorari Tuesday in Fisher v. University of Texas to determine whether the court's decisions interpreting the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment, including Grutter v. Bollinger, permit the University of Texas at Austin's (UT) use of race in ...[read more]

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