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Top Corporations, Universities Ask Supreme Court to Uphold Affirmative Action in Harvard Case

Hundreds of top American corporations and universities including Apple, Google, and seven Ivy League schools asked the Supreme Court to uphold affirmative action in amicus briefs filed this week as justices prepare to hear lawsuits challenging race-conscious admissions at Harvard and the University of North Carolina.


Harvard Asks Justices to Uphold Affirmative Action in Supreme Court Brief

Harvard offered a full-throated defense of the Supreme Court’s past rulings upholding affirmative action in a brief submitted to the court on Monday, asking justices to reject a lawsuit that seeks to ban race-conscious admissions.


Supreme Court to Hear Harvard, UNC Affirmative Action Cases Separately

The Supreme Court will hear challenges to affirmative action at Harvard and the University of North Carolina separately, a procedural change that will allow newly seated Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson ’92 to rule on the UNC case.


A Harvard Without Affirmative Action?

Affirmative action has narrowly survived several Supreme Court scares before. But now, experts say the court — made up of six conservative and three liberal justices — is likely to overturn four decades of precedent allowing schools to consider race in their admissions processes. It remains less clear what might come next.


81 Republican Lawmakers File Amicus Brief Supporting SFFA in Harvard Affirmative Action Lawsuit

More than 80 Republican lawmakers filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court on Monday supporting anti-affirmative action group Students for Fair Admissions’ lawsuit against Harvard and the University of North Carolina.


Harvard Corporation Senior Fellow Bill Lee Discusses Affirmative Action Lawsuit at EDIB Forum

Harvard Corporation Senior Fellow William F. Lee ’72 discussed the lawsuit challenging Harvard’s race-conscious admissions policies during an event at the University’s first-ever Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging Forum on Wednesday.


As Supreme Court Hearing Approaches, Harvard's Lead Lawyers Reflect on Time at the College

Over 50 years William F. Lee ’72 and Seth P. Waxman ’73, Harvard’s race-conscious admissions practices are in jeopardy as a lawsuit alleging discrimination against Asian-American applicants heads to the Supreme Court in the fall. The court agreed to hear the case filed against Harvard by anti-affirmative action group Students for Fair Admissions alongside a similar lawsuit against the University of North Carolina.


The Supreme Court is Set to Hear a Challenge to Affirmative Action at Harvard. Here’s What Every Justice Has Said on the Issue.

With the retirement of one of its justices on the horizon, the Supreme Court is preparing to hear a case that could decide the future of affirmative action in higher education.


Ketanji Brown Jackson ’92, Biden’s Historic SCOTUS Pick, Would be 18th Harvard Law Graduate to Serve on Court

If confirmed, Ketanji Brown Jackson ’92 would be the 11th Harvard College graduate and the 18th Harvard Law School graduate to sit on the Supreme Court, which currently includes four HLS alums. She would be the eighth justice to attend both the College and HLS.


Potential SCOTUS Nominee, on Harvard Board of Overseers, Could Face Conflict of Interest Questions in Affirmative Action Case

Potential Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson '92, who serves on the Harvard Board of Overseers, could face questions over a potential conflict of interest in the lawsuit against Harvard seeking to strike down affirmative action in American higher education.


‘Bad News for Harvard’: Future of Affirmative Action in Doubt as Conservative Court Takes Up Admissions Cases

After the Supreme Court agreed Monday to take up a lawsuit against race-conscious admissions processes at Harvard and the University of North Carolina, legal experts say the case could spell the end of affirmative action in higher education.


‘Hurt and Disappointed’: Student Leaders Decry Supreme Court’s Decision to Hear Affirmative Action Case

Student leaders of Harvard cultural groups expressed disappointment — and cautious optimism — following the Supreme Court’s decision Monday to hear a set of lawsuits challenging race-conscious admissions practices.


SCOTUS Takes Up Admissions Case

Pictured from left, SFFA founder Edward J. Blum; Harvard attorneys Seth P. Waxman ’73 and William F. Lee ’72; and SFFA attorneys William S. Consovoy, Adam K. Mortara, and John M. Hughes.


Supreme Court to Take Up Challenges to Affirmative Action at Harvard, UNC

The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to take up a pair of lawsuits challenging race-conscious admissions processes at Harvard and the University of North Carolina, setting the stage for a high-stakes decision that could determine the future of affirmative action in higher education.


Ten Stories That Shaped 2021

At Harvard, 2021 was a year marked by change. The school’s long-awaited return to in-person operations injected new life into a campus that had been left dormant for over a year by Covid-19. And in an unexpected shift, the University announced its intention to divest its endowment from fossil fuels after a decade of public pressure. Separately, faculty controversies — including a federal conviction and a high-profile departure — ignited debates that rippled across academia. Below, The Crimson looks back at the 10 stories that shaped the last year at Harvard.


Biden Administration Backs Harvard in Admissions Lawsuit

The Biden administration backed Harvard’s race-conscious admissions process in a brief filed to the Supreme Court Wednesday, recommending that the Court reject an appeal challenging the use of affirmative action in the school’s admissions process.


SFFA Petitions Supreme Court to Hear Harvard and UNC Cases Together

Students for Fair Admissions, which is suing Harvard and UNC over their race-conscious admissions, asked the Supreme Court to hear both cases together.


Harvard Sues Insurer to Recoup Legal Fees After Admissions Lawsuit Exceeds $25 Million

After racking up more than $25 million in legal fees defending its admissions practices against anti-affirmative action group Students for Fair Admissions, Harvard filed suit against its excess insurance company Friday for allegedly refusing to cover legal fees in the ongoing SFFA case.


Supreme Court Delays Decision on Reviewing Harvard Admissions Lawsuit

The Supreme Court on Monday requested input from the Biden administration on Students for Fair Admissions’s lawsuit against Harvard’s race-conscious admissions policies, likely extending the long-running legal battle for at least several more months.


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