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Educational Opportunities Project

The Educational Opportunities Project (“EOP”) strives to guarantee that all students receive equal educational opportunities in public schools and institutions of higher learning. Working with private law firms and community leaders, the EOP has been successful in promoting diverse and integrated learning environments; enforcing the rights of students with disabilities and English Language Learners; challenging discriminatory school discipline policies, student assignment practices; as well as school funding inequities. Currently, the EOP is leading efforts to defend race conscious college admissions policies, and represents a diverse set of underrepresented minority students at Harvard College and the University of North Carolina. The EOP also recently secured a victory in one of the most important higher education desegregation cases to be brought in decades — a case that will restore equity for Maryland’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

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August 30, 2018

Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law Responds to DOJ’s Attack on Racial Diversity in Harvard Case

WASHINGTON, D.C.– Today, Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Department of Justice’s Statement of Interest supporting Plaintiff students suing Harvard University over affirmative action policies that they claimdiscriminate against Asian-American applicants (Students for Fair Admissions (SFFA) v. Harvard). “It is astounding to see the Justice Department’s position in this case, one that represents a full assault on efforts to promote campus diversity and ignores more than 40 years of precedent. The Justice Department’s racially divisive arguments distort the record, mischaracterize the law and send a dangerous message to institutions across our country working to promote the educational benefits of diversity. “With its position in this case, the Justice Department is signaling abandonment of the agency’s long-standing historical mission of working to address racial discrimination and promote diversity. At the heart of this case is the unjustified […]

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