June, 2021: Economic Relief Preferences Enjoined

A number of the economic relief programs recently enacted by Congress have included provisions granting special treatment or preferences on the basis of group identity.  The American Rescue Plan of 2021, for example, included two such programs.  One, a part of the Restaurant Revitalization Fund, gave priority to restaurants that are at least 51% owned and controlled … Continue reading June, 2021: Economic Relief Preferences Enjoined

June, 2021: Justices ask for SG input on Harvard Case

On June 14th, the Supreme Court announced that it has asked the Solicitor General to submit its opinion on the merits of granting certiorari to SFFA v. Harvard. Among other things, this means the Court is unlikely to decide the question of granting cert until late summer or early fall. The petition asking for review … Continue reading June, 2021: Justices ask for SG input on Harvard Case

May, 2021: Colorado Bans Legacy Admissions at Public Universities

On May 25th, Colorado Governor Jared Polls signed into law a measure that forbids public colleges and universities in that state from considering “familial relationships” as part of the admissions process.  Citing “significant racial and socioeconomic disparities among students who enroll in [Colorado] higher education institutions,” the measure characterizes “Legacy Preferences” as “inequitable” and “discriminatory … Continue reading May, 2021: Colorado Bans Legacy Admissions at Public Universities

May, 2021: Harvard Case Pending Before Supreme Court

The first of the three cases currently challenging the use of preferences in college and university admissions is now pending before the Supreme Court.  Students for Fair Admissions (SFFA), a private advocacy organization, filed its initial complaint against Harvard College in November, 2014.  It alleged that Harvard intentionally discriminated against Asian American applicants, engaging in … Continue reading May, 2021: Harvard Case Pending Before Supreme Court

April, 2021: Yale University Litigation

The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a complaint against Yale University on October 8, 2020.  Its closely tracked those made against Harvard College by a private advocacy group, Students for Fair Admissions (SFFA).  That is, DOJ maintained that Yale discriminated against Asian American and white applicants in its undergraduate admissions program, engaging in … Continue reading April, 2021: Yale University Litigation

March, 2021: Lawsuit Filed Contesting K-12 Admission Practices

The Plaintiff Coalition for TJ (Coalition), a group of “concerned parents who reside in and around Fairfax County” Virginia, has challenged a change in the admissions policies used to gain admission to “the nationally-ranked Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology.” In a complaint filed on March 10, 2021, the Coalition alleges that the … Continue reading March, 2021: Lawsuit Filed Contesting K-12 Admission Practices

February 2021: Plaintiffs in SFFA v. Harvard seek certiorari from Supreme Court

The first of the three cases currently challenging the use of preferences in college and university admissions is now pending before the Supreme Court.  Students for Fair Admissions (SFFA), a private advocacy organization, filed its initial complaint against Harvard College in November, 2014.  It alleged that Harvard intentionally discriminated against Asian American applicants, engaging in … Continue reading February 2021: Plaintiffs in SFFA v. Harvard seek certiorari from Supreme Court

February 2021:  SFFA sues Yale University

In the waning months of the Trump Administration, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a complaint against Yale University.  The allegations in the complaint closely tracked those made against Harvard College by a private advocacy group, Students for Fair Admissions (SFFA).  That is, DOJ maintained that Yale discriminated against Asian American and white … Continue reading February 2021:  SFFA sues Yale University