Affirmative Action


Judge Rejects Harvard’s Lawsuit Against its Insurer Over Legal Fees in SFFA Suit

Harvard, on the apparent edge of Supreme Court defeat, won’t be getting any help on its legal fees.


FAS Dean Gay Says She Feels ‘Encouraged’ for the Future of Race-Conscious Admissions After SCOTUS Hearings

After Monday’s Supreme Court hearings for the pair of anti-affirmative action lawsuits, Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences Dean Claudine Gay said she “felt encouraged” that the case for race-conscious admissions “was laid out in a really compelling way” in an interview Wednesday.


Hoping for a Front Row Seat to History, Swarms of Students Lined Up Early Outside Supreme Court Monday

As lawyers representing Harvard, UNC, and SFFA prepared to deliver their oral arguments before the court, swarms of eager students descended on Washington this weekend for the chance to watch history unfold.


Seth P. Waxman ’73 at the Supreme Court

Seth P. Waxman ’73 represented Harvard in oral arguments on Monday.


At SFFA Oral Arguments, Justices Question How Long Race-Conscious Admissions Should Last

During oral arguments Monday morning, Supreme Court justices pressed lawyers arguing on behalf of Harvard and the University of North Carolina on how long the universities will continue to factor race into their admissions decisions.


Harvard Delegation Attends Oral Arguments

From left, former Harvard President Drew G. Faust, Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid William R. Fitzsimmons '67, Dean of the College Rakesh Khurana, and former Harvard Corporation Senior Fellow William F. Lee ’72 exit the Supreme Court on Monday.


Supreme Court Appears Ready to Ban Affirmative Action Following Harvard, UNC Oral Arguments

The Supreme Court’s conservative majority on Monday appeared open to banning the consideration of race in college admissions during oral arguments in a pair of high-stakes anti-affirmative action lawsuits against Harvard and the University of North Carolina.


Harvard’s Donor and Legacy Preferences Come Under Fire at Supreme Court Oral Arguments

Though the Supreme Court convened on Monday to examine race-conscious admissions policies at Harvard and the University of North Carolina, the question of legacy applicant preferences took the spotlight for much of the day’s oral arguments.


Harvard Team Exits Supreme Court

Harvard's legal team and administrators exited the Court at 3 p.m. on Monday after nearly five hours of oral arguments.


Hundreds Rally in D.C. as Supreme Court Prepares to Hear Harvard Affirmative Action Case

Students and advocates on both sides of the affirmative action debate descended on the nation’s capital on Sunday for dueling rallies ahead of Supreme Court oral arguments in a pair of lawsuits that could end race-conscious admissions in American higher education.


Harvard Says Insurance Company Knew of Affirmative Action Lawsuit, Should Cover Legal Fees

Harvard told a federal judge last week that its insurance company was aware of a high-profile lawsuit challenging its race-conscious admissions process, saying the firm, Zurich American Insurance Company, should have to cover the University’s legal fees.


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