Students for Fair Admissions (SFFA) v. Harvard

BACKGROUND:
In July 2018, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law – along with a coalition of other civil rights groups – joined Students for Fair Admissions (SFFA) v. Harvard and submitted an amicus brief to support Harvard’s motion for summary judgement in the lawsuit. This coalition, which represents a cohort of racially diverse applicants, current students, and alumni at Harvard College, offers expertise to assist the court in its ruling.
The coalition was given special “amicus plus” status, which will allow the represented students to participate in oral argument and submit evidence, greatly enhancing their voices beyond a typical amicus brief.
In the amicus brief, the coalition asserts that ethno-racial diversity is crucial to students; not only educationally, but also personally and professionally. It also explains that Harvard’s current admissions policy is in compliance with the Supreme Court in that it does not treat race as the primary consideration for admission, and that Harvard has a vested interest in promoting greater representation of, and diversity within, students of color through continued consideration of race as part of a holistic admissions process.
Anti-affirmative action group Students for Fair Admissions originally brought this lawsuit against Harvard in 2014. It challenges Harvard’s race-conscious holistic admissions policy under claims that the policy intentionally discriminates against Asian American students and violates Title VI of the Civil Rights Act. The case is currently preparing to go to the Supreme Court.

LEGAL DOCUMENTS:

  • Amicus brief: Memorandum of Amici Curiae in Support Of Defendants Motion for Summary Judgment on Remaining Counts II, III, V in Students for Fair Admissions, Inc., Plaintiff, v. President and Fellows Of Harvard College (Harvard Corporation), Defendant.

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