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‘Denying equal opportunity’ to Asian students: Lawyer walks through Supreme Court case against Harvard

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Students for Fair Admissions is petitioning the Supreme Court to hear its case against Harvard University for unfairly discriminating against Asian students in its admissions process.

SFFA, a nonprofit student rights group, filed the lawsuit against Harvard back in 2014, claiming a violation of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act. After losing at trial in October 2019, SFFA appealed the case to the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which affirmed the lower court’s ruling a month later.

If the Supreme Court chooses to review the case, there is much that hangs in the balance. Justices will review various Supreme Court precedents — most notably in the 2003 case of Grutter v. Bollinger (cited by the 1st Circuit of Appeals in its decision to affirm), which allowed the University of Michigan to take race into consideration as long as it was with the goal of achieving “diversity.”

SFFA wants the court to overrule Grutter and ban the practice of race-based admissions entirely.

Cory Liu, a partner at the Ashcroft Law Firm and former editor-in-chief of the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy, spoke with The Western Journal on Monday and explained the ins-and-outs of the case.

Liu filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court on Thursday as part of the case, arguing that Harvard has discriminated against prospective students on the basis of race through the creation of arbitrary and irrational racial quotas.

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