Fisher v. University of Texas

Wednesday, October 10, 2012 - GW Law alumnus Gregory Garre, J.D. '91, went before the U.S. Supreme Court today to argue this major affirmative action case on behalf of the University of Texas.  Watch and read analysis of this case from Professors Jonathan Turley, Alan Morrison, and Chris Bracey:

Education Week  .  October 10, 2012

Today, representing the University of Texas in oral argument before the Supreme Court, active GW Law alumnus and Professorial Lecturer in Law Gregory Garre, J.D. '91, argued his first of what will are scheduled to be four cases—just this term—before the High Court.  Garre is a former U.S. Solicitor General and presently is a Partner and the Global Chair of the Supreme Court and Appellate Practice Group at Latham & Watkins.  He has argued 34 cases before the Supreme Court, including cases in each of the past 11 terms.

Two weeks ago, Garre came to GW to be mooted by Professors Gregory Maggs, Alan Morrison, Christopher Bracey, and David Fontana before students who came out to watch constitutional law and oral advocacy in action.  Stay tuned to GW Law for more on Garre's busy caseload this term.

To read more about today's oral argument on 1st Street, visit this Education Week blog post.  .  October 10, 2012

Constitutional law expert Professor Jonathan Turley blogs about the day's events with Supreme Court Takes Up Affirmative Action In Higher Education.

"This week the Supreme Court will find itself facing yet again the question of the use of race in higher education. It is question that the Court failed to definitively answer in 1978 and then again in 2003 and will now try again in 2012. Fisher v. University of Texas Austin however has the makings of a decision that could not only answer the question with finality but effectively bar the use of race in admissions in higher education."

News 24  .  October 9, 2012

Supreme Court litigator Associate Dean Alan Morrison comments on the article, US University's Race Quotas Challenge.

Cato  .  October 9, 2012 

Associate Dean Alan Morrison was part of a panel for the Cato Institute's Center for Constitutional Studies' "Book Forum: Time to End Affirmative Action?  Fisher v. University of Texas" the day before the oral argument.

Just as the Supreme Court takes up another university affirmative action case for the first time since its "split decision" in the controversial University of Michigan cases in 2003, a new book comes out, Mismatch: How Affirmative Action Hurts Students It's Intended to Help, and Why Universities Won't Admit It. Through detailed empirical research, the authors document the mismatch between schools and students, the effects on the students and the professions they had hoped to enter, and what needs to be done to better address the goals of affirmative action, consistent with the Constitution's guarantee of equal protection under the rule of law. Please join us, one day before oral argument in Fisher v. University of Texas, for a discussion of the book, the case, and the broader questions surrounding our 40-year experiment with affirmative action.

Visit this link to watch the complete program at

George Washington University  .  September 24, 2012

Last month, GW hosted a forum to discuss this affirmative action case featuring four lawyers who submitted briefs in FisherErik Jaffe, a sole practitioner, who represents the Asian American Legal Foundation, and Andrew Grossman of Baker Hostetler, who filed a brief for the Cato Institute, support Ms. Fisher's challenge to the Texas admissions program.  Joshua Civin of the NAACP Legal Defense & Education Fund, and New York Law School Professor Deborah Archer, who filed a brief for the National Black Law Students Association, will present Texas' side of the argument.  GW Law School Professor and Senior Academic Dean Christopher Bracey, who teaches constitutional law, moderated the program, and University Provost Steven Lerman made opening remarks, explaining what is at stake, not only for public universities like Texas, but private ones such as GW.

To watch this event in its entirety, please visit this link.

To learn more about this event and read the briefs, please visit this link.

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