Nearly seven years ago, the nonprofit group Students for Fair Admissions (SFFA) brought suit against Harvard University, claiming that its admissions process illegally discriminates against Asian Americans. After protracted litigation in US District Court and the First Circuit Court of Appeals, the case has now arrived where everyone always expected it to end up: at the doorstep of the Supreme Court.
In a forceful petition, the plaintiffs are asking the justices to review the lower-court rulings, which accepted Harvard’s claim that its race-conscious admissions process passes muster under Supreme Court precedents — especially the 2003 case of Grutter v. Bollinger, which allowed the University of Michigan to take race into account in the interests of achieving “diversity.” But SFFA goes farther. It wants the court to overrule Grutter and ban the use of race in college admissions altogether.
Read the full story from the Boston Globe here.