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Deans of Harvard and Yale Law Schools Fight to Regard Individualized Considerations of Race

A Washington Post Opinion article published on October 5, 2012 explains why the deans of competing law schools, Harvard and Yale, decided to write a joint brief to the United States Supreme Court against the upcoming oral argument in favor of forcing higher education institutions from disregarding individualized considerations of race.

This doesn’t seem like such a big deal, because one would assume that an admissions department would still consider race, inherently at best, in their consideration of student applicants, regardless of federal rulings. But, the fact that these two law school deans wrote a brief to the US Supreme Court shows us that this is in fact a “big deal.”

Here’s an introduction to the article on the Washington Post – Read the rest.

Why did we, friendly rivals as deans of great and sometimes competitive law schools, join forces to write a common brief to the U.S. Supreme Court?

Because we both believe that higher education should select the best possible students, because we both believe we can identify such students only if we are free to evaluate the individual experiences and qualifications of each applicant, and because we both believe that this requires us to understand applicants’ own characterizations of their race or ethnicity. We joined forces because the Supreme Court is to hear oral argument Wednesday in Fisher v. University of Texas, a case in which some urge the court to require institutions of higher education, such as ours, to disregard individualized considerations of race.

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