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Issue:  Racial Preferences in Undergraduate Admissions

Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin (II)

14-981

QUESTION(S) PRESENTED

Whether the Fifth Circuit’s re-endorsement of the University of Texas at Austin’s use of racial preferences in undergraduate admissions decisions can be sustained under this Court’s decisions interpreting the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment, including Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, 133 S. Ct. 2411 (2013).

DECISION

Decided June 23, 2016 HOLDING

The race-conscious admissions program in use at the time of petitioner’s application is lawful under the Equal Protection Clause.

Agree image Justice Sotomayor
Agree Sotomayor
Agree image Justice Breyer
Agree Breyer
Agree w/ Alito image Justice Thomas
Agree w/ Alito Thomas
Recused image Justice Scalia
Recused Scalia
Agree w/ Alito image Chief Justice Roberts
Agree w/ Alito Roberts
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Author Kennedy
Agree image Justice Ginsburg
Agree Ginsburg
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Dissent Author Alito
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Recused Kagan

KENNEDY, J., delivered the opinion of the Court, in which GINSBURG, BREYER, and SOTOMAYOR, JJ., joined. THOMAS, J., filed a dissenting opinion. ALITO, J., filed a dissenting opinion, in which ROBERTS, C. J., and THOMAS, J., joined. KAGAN, J., took no part in the consideration or decision of the case.

Text of Opinion
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ORAL ARGUMENT

Argued December 9, 2015

Appearences
On Behalf of Petitioner Abigail Noel Fisher
Bert Rein, Esq.
On Behalf of Respondent University of Texas at Austin, et al.
Gregory G. Garre, Esq.
On Behalf of United States as amicus curiae supporting Respondent
Donald B. Verrilli, Jr., Solicitor General
Transcript
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Audio
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Merit Briefs
Brief for Petitioner Abigail Noel Fisher (pdf download)
Brief for Respondents University of Texas at Austin, et al (pdf download)
Reply Brief for Petitioner Abigail Noel Fisher (pdf download)
Amicus Curiae Briefs
Amicus Brief for Gail Heriot and Peter N Kirsanow, Members of the United States Commission on Civil Rights supporting Petitioner (pdf download)
Amicus Brief for James F Blumstein supporting Petitioner (pdf download)
Amicus Brief for Jonathan Zell supporting Petitioner (pdf download)
Amicus Brief for Judicial Watch, Inc and Allied Educational Foundation supporting Petitioner (pdf download)
Amicus Brief for Pacific Legal Foundation et al supporting Petitioner (pdf download)
Amicus Brief for the American Center for Law and Justice supporting Petitioner (pdf download)
Amicus Brief for the Asian American Legal Foundation and the Asian American Coalition for Education (Representing 117 Affiliated Asian American Organizations) supporting Petitioner (pdf download)
Amicus Brief for the California Association of Scholars supporting Petitioner (pdf download)
Amicus Brief for the Cato Institute supporting Petitioner (pdf download)
Amicus Brief for the Center for Individual Rights in Support Petitioner (pdf download)
Amicus Brief for the Indiana Tech Law School Amicus Project supporting Petitioner (pdf download)
Amicus Brief for the Judicial Education Project supporting Petitioner (pdf download)
Amicus Brief for the Mountain States Legal Foundation supporting Petitioner (pdf download)
Amicus Brief for the Southeastern Legal Foundation supporting Petitioner (pdf download)
Amicus Brief for 39 Undergraduate and Graduate Student Organizations Within the University of California supporting Respondents (pdf download)
Amicus Brief for 53 Current Members of the Texas State Senate and House of Representatives supporting Respondents (pdf download)
Amicus Brief for 823 Social Scientists supporting Respondents (pdf download)
Amicus Brief for American Council on Education and 37 Other Higher Education Organizations supporting Respondents (pdf download)
Amicus Brief for American Educational Research Association et al supporting Respondents (pdf download)
Amicus Brief for Amherst et al supporting Respondents (pdf download)
Amicus Brief for Boston Bar Association et al supporting Respondents (pdf download)
Amicus Brief for Brown University et al supporting Respondents (pdf download)
Amicus Brief for California Institute of Technology et al supporting Respondents (pdf download)
Amicus Brief for Cecilia Polanco, Star Wingate-Bey, Itzel Libertad Vasquez-Rodriguez, RJ, AJ, GE, IG, MB, KC, YD, and RH supporting Respondents (pdf download)
Amicus Brief for Constitutional Law Scholars and Constitutional Accountability Center supporting Respondents (pdf download)
Amicus Brief for Current and Former Student Body Presidents of University of Texas at Austin supporting Respondents (pdf download)
Amicus Brief for David Boyle supporting Respondents (pdf download)
Amicus Brief for Religious Organizations and Campus Ministries Including the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA et al supporting Respondents (pdf download)
Amicus Brief for Richard Lampert supporting Respondents (pdf download)
Amicus Brief for Ruben Hinojosa, Member of Congress; Robert C "Bobby" Scott, Member of Congress; and 83 Other Members of Congress supporting Respondents (pdf download)
Amicus Brief for Six Educational Nonprofit Organizations supporting Respondents (pdf download)
Amicus Brief for Social and Organizational Psychologists supporting Respondents (pdf download)
Amicus Brief for Students from the New York University School of Law Seminar on Critical Narratives in Civil Rights supporting Respondents (pdf download)
Amicus Brief for Teach for America et al supporting Respondents (pdf download)
Amicus Brief for the Fortune-100 and Other Leading American Businesses supporting Respondents (pdf download)
Amicus Brief for the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and the Southern Poverty Law Center, et al, supporting Respondents (pdf download)
Amicus Brief for the National and Texas Latino Organizations supporting Respondents (pdf download)
Amicus Brief for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Texas State Conference of the NAACP supporting Respondents (pdf download)
Amicus Brief for the National Education Association, et al, supporting Respondents (pdf download)
Amicus Brief for the National School Boards Association et al supporting Respondents (pdf download)
Amicus Brief for the National Women's Law Center, Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders, and Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, Inc et al supporting Respondents (pdf download)
Amicus Brief for the Nationwide Coalition of Educators and Centers Working to Expand Educational Opportunity for African American Males supporting Respondents (pdf download)
Amicus Brief for the New York Law School Racial Justice Project supporting Respondents (pdf download)
Amicus Brief for the New York State Bar Association supporting Respondents (pdf download)
Amicus Brief for the President and the Chancellors of the University of California supporting Respondents (pdf download)
Amicus Brief for the Society of American Law Teachers supporting Respondents (pdf download)
Amicus Brief for the State of California supporting Respondents (pdf download)
Amicus Brief for the United Negro College Fund and National Urban League supporting Respondents (pdf download)
Amicus Brief for the United States in Support in Respondents (pdf download)
Amicus Brief for the University of Michigan supporting Respondents (pdf download)
Amicus Brief for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill supporting Respondents (pdf download)
Amicus Brief for US Senators Harry Reid et al supporting Respondents (pdf download)
Amicus Brief for David Orentlicher supporting Neither Party (pdf download)
Amicus Brief for Richard D Kahlenberg supporting Neither Party (pdf download)
Amicus Brief for Richard Sander supporting Neither Party (pdf download)

PROCEEDING BELOW

United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
Decided July 15, 2014
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