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Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin

Our current Roundtable considers Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, which is to be argued at the Supreme Court in the October 2012 term. In Fisher, the Court will consider whether the University of Texas’s use of race in its undergraduate admissions process is lawful under the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. The parties, Justices, and our authors have much material to work with on this issue. There is a long line of landmark Supreme Court cases concerning race and education, including Parents Involved in Community Schools v. Seattle School District No. 1; Grutter v. Bollinger; Grutter‘s sister case, Gratz v. Bollinger; Regents of the University of California v. Bakke, and of course Brown v. Board of Education.

Professors Vikram Amar, James Blumstein, Tomiko Brown-Nagin, Girardeau Spann, and Gerald Torres have each considered the precedents and offered their views on how the Court might—or should—approach this case in their “First Take” essays below. Professors Amar, Spann, and Torres have considered the essays of their colleagues and offer some additional thoughts, comments, and ideas in their “Responses” below. We hope you find this Roundtable informative and engaging.

Roundtable: First Takes

Is Honesty the Best (Judicial) Policy in Affirmative Action Cases? Fisher v. University of Texas Gives the Court (Yet) Another Chance to Say Yes
PDF · Vikram David Amar · 65 Vand. L. Rev. En Banc 77 (2012).

Grutter and Fisher: A Reassessment and a Preview
PDF · James F. Blumstein · 65 Vand. L. Rev. En Banc 57 (2012).

The Diversity Paradox: Judicial Review in an Age of Demographic and Educational Change
PDF · Tomiko Brown-Nagin · 65 Vand. L. Rev. En Banc 113 (2012).

Fisher v. Grutter
PDF · Girardeau A. Spann · 65 Vand. L. Rev. En Banc 45 (2012).

Fisher v. University of Texas: Living in the Dwindling Shadow of LBJ’s America
PDF · Gerald Torres · 65 Vand. L. Rev. En Banc 97 (2012).

Roundtable: Responses

Revisiting Grutter and Its Diversity Rationale: A Few Reactions to Professor Blumstein’s Critique
PDF · Vikram David Amar · 65 Vand. L. Rev. En Banc 195 (2012).

Whatever
PDF · Girardeau A. Spann · 65 Vand. L. Rev. En Banc 203 (2012).

The Education of an Admissions Office
PDF · Gerald Torres · 65 Vand. L. Rev. En Banc 211 (2012).

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