As Fisher Decision Approaches, MLaw Panel Looks at Affirmative Action
By John MassonMarch 18, 2013
Ten years after the Supreme Court upheld the flexible use of race in Michigan Law's admissions policy in Grutter v. Bollinger, affirmative action is once again on the high court's agenda with Fisher v. University of Texas.
So Michigan Law's Education Law and Policy Society jumped at the chance to organize a panel discussion Friday of the affirmative action universe over the past decade.
The lunchtime panel, introduced by Dean Evan Caminker and moderated by Senior Assistant Dean Sarah Zearfoss, '92, comprised affirmative action experts from several disciplines: Michigan Law grad and Emeritus Prof. Richard Lempert's area of emphasis is applying social science research to legal issues. Liz Barry, '88, was U-M's primary in-house lawyer on the Grutter case and now directs U-M's Life Sciences Institute. Theodore Spencer is U-M's associate vice provost and executive director of undergraduate admissions. And Donna Snyder is U-M's associate general counsel.
Each made key points, with Dean Caminker introducing the panel by talking about some of the strategic litigation decisions behind the Grutter case, and behind Gratz v. Bollinger, a concurrent case involving Michigan's undergraduate admissions policies.
The Supreme Court decided Grutter in the Law School's favor in 2003, although Proposal 2—a statewide ballot initiative—passed in 2006 and effectively undid that holding, preventing continued use of race as a factor in admissions at Michigan's public universities. Both Grutter and Gratz will get renewed scrutiny when the Fisher v. University of Texas case is decided, Dean Caminker said.
"We will learn probably in late June what the Supreme Court's current view of the Grutter and Gratz rulings are," he said. Among key points discussed by panelists:
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