Justice Society launches Web site to help you preserve affirmative
action at your school
June 16, 2003, the Equal Justice Society launched PreserveAffirmativeAction.org,
a Web site providing information, tools and resources to help
faculty, students and alumni at institutions of higher education
preserve and promote affirmative action.
though the U.S. Supreme Court clearly held that schools may consider
race in school admissions, opponents of affirmative action continue
their assault on diversity in a campus-by-campus crusade. They
twist the Court's decision and threaten future lawsuits to further
their political agenda: intimidate school administrators into
abandoning effective affirmative action programs in favor of ineffective
the battleground shifts from the U.S. Supreme Court and the national
media to individual campuses, your leadership is crucial to ensuring
that your school or alma mater maintains a commitment to affirmative
"How to Preserve Affirmative Action at Your School"
Web site gives you concrete, straightforward steps on how to organize
to ensure that your school's administrators preserve an effective
and legal affirmative action program.
and learn how you can get involved!
Experts Publish Higher Education
Admissions Compliance Manual
Guidance for Admissions Officers on Anniversary of U.S. Supreme
Court Arguments in University of Michigan Cases
FRANCISCO (April 1, 2004) - On the anniversary of the Supreme
Court oral arguments in the University of Michigan affirmative
action cases, three leading law firms today announced the availability
of Preserving Diversity in Higher Education: A Manual on Admissions
Policies and Procedures After the University of Michigan Decisions,
an innovative publication that provides a clear, comprehensive
legal interpretation of the Supreme Court decisions to assist
universities and law schools around the country as they redraft
their policies to comply with the 2003 high court rulings.
200-page publication was researched and written by attorneys from
the law firms Bingham McCutchen LLP, Morrison & Foerster LLP,
and Heller Ehrman White & McAuliffe LLP. Preserving Diversity
is a tool for admissions officers, general counsels, and others
involved in crafting admissions policies.
admissions offices are currently crafting new policies, or revising
old ones," explained lawyer Michael Begert of Bingham McCutchen,
one of the manual's authors. "The knowledge that decisions
are being made right now about admissions procedures provided
the impetus to provide this crucial information."
Laird, former Director of Undergraduate Admissions at UC Berkeley,
added, "The Preserving Diversity manual combines careful,
intelligent legal analysis with practical information for campus
attorneys, admissions policy makers, and the admissions professionals
who carry out those admissions policies. It is an outstanding
tool for colleges and universities-and their boards of trustees."
Diversity describes the legal and constitutional framework
appropriate for reviewing race-conscious admissions policies and
provides guidelines for developing such policies in the aftermath
of the University of Michigan decisions.
publication also details documentation useful to support race-conscious
admissions plans, discusses remedial justifications for race-conscious
admissions programs, and analyzes the use of race in financial
aid, scholarship, recruitment, and outreach programs.
the Michigan decisions (Grutter v. Bollinger and Gratz
v. Bollinger), the Supreme Court embraced diversity as a "compelling
interest" for higher education institutions and allowed flexibility
in constructing race-conscious admissions plans.
issues are complex," explained lawyer Jennifer Lee Taylor
of Morrison and Foerster, "and different universities and
law schools will use varying admissions processes, as a large,
public undergraduate program will face different challenges than
a small, private graduate school program."
manual clearly articulates the relevant legal principles that
should guide various types of institutions in complying with the
Court's opinions," added Robert Borton of Heller Ehrman White
Walker, Vice Provost and Director of Admissions at the University
of Texas at Austin, explained, "Universities who have been
through a lawsuit on the use of race in admissions (and particularly
those who lost, as UT Austin did in 1996), have a keen appreciation
for the importance of the legal details of an admission policy.
This manual will be highly valued by the practitioners who run
admission offices, the administrators who set policy and the legal
departments who advise them.
Preserving Diversity manual will serve as an important
reference as colleges and universities review their policies following
the Supreme Court decisions regarding the use of race in college
admissions," Walker added.
three law firms compiled the compliance manual as a public service.
The manual can be downloaded free of charge at on
this site and www.hewm.com
or by requesting it at www.bingham.com.
at each of the law firms are willing to provide further information
about the compliance manual to the press.
and distribution of the Manual has been made possible by a special
grant from the MK Level Playing Field Institute, dedicated to
promoting innovative approaches to fairness in higher education
and workplaces by removing barriers to full participation. For
more information, please visit www.lpfi.org.