Students for Fair Admissions (SFFA) v. University of Texas at Austin
In December 2019, the Lawyers’ Committee and pro bono counsel, Hunton Andrews Kurth, LLP, and Bernabei & Kabat, PLLC, filed a petition to intervene on behalf of students to defend the limited, but meaningful inclusion of race—as one factor amongst many factors—to increase diversity and afford opportunities to all qualified students at one of the state’s flagship universities. The Lawyers’ Committee and co-counsel represent a diverse group of current African American, Asian American, and Latinx UT-Austin students and a multiracial student group who support race-conscious admissions and oppose SFFA’s attempt to eradicate over 40 years of established Supreme Court precedent that allows institutions to consider the race of highly-qualified applicants in the college admissions process for the purpose of building a diverse student body. In a series of written declarations to the Texas state court, the students share how their racial backgrounds are integral to understanding their full identities and outline the many benefits of racial diversity in UT-Austin’s academic and wider campus environment.
- (The Daily Texan) Students of color defend UT-Austin affirmative action policies in court filing
- (The Dallas Observer) National Civil Rights Group Pushes Back in UT Affirmative Action Lawsuit
- (The Atlantic) A Secret 1950s Strategy to Keep Out Black Students
- (The Chronicle of Higher Education) U. of Texas Is Sued Over Affirmative Action in Admissions. Yes, Again.
- (TheTexas Tribune) UT-Austin has no plans to drop affirmative action policy, despite new Trump administration guidelines