'Fisher' Ruling May Open a 'Wave of Litigation Against Colleges'

'Fisher' Ruling May Open a 'Wave of Litigation Against Colleges' 1

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Edward Blum, director of the Project on Fair Representation, is among those who believe the ruling has made colleges' policies more vulnerable. He predicts that courts will interpret it as requiring colleges to actually try out race-neutral policies, rather than dismiss them as unworkable on the basis of a study.

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Edward Blum, director of the Project on Fair Representation, is among those who believe the ruling has made colleges' policies more vulnerable. He predicts that courts will interpret it as requiring colleges to actually try out race-neutral policies, rather than dismiss them as unworkable on the basis of a study.

The U.S. Supreme Court may have left colleges open to a flurry of legal attacks on their affirmative-action policies by ruling on Monday that lower courts should have given much stricter scrutiny to the race-conscious admissions policy used by the University of Texas at Austin.

Having had a chance to closely read the court's decision in