A Conversation On The Constitutional Challenge To Michigan’s Ban On Racial Preferences in College Admissions

The Columbus Lawyers Chapter
Start : Tuesday, December 10, 2013 12:00 PM
End : Tuesday, December 10, 2013 01:15 PM

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  • Mr. John Bursch, Michigan Solicitor General
  • Prof. Mark Strasser, Trustees Professor of Law, Capital University

In Grutter v. Bollinger, 539 U.S. 306 (2003), the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the use of race as one factor among many in college admissions at the University of Michigan. In response, the Michigan voters passed a referendum barring the use of racial preferences in college admissions. In doing so, did the voters themselves violate the Equal Protection Clause? The Sixth Circuit so held in Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action v. Schuette, 701 F.3d 466 (6th Cir. 2012). The U.S. Supreme Court granted review of this case out of our circuit, and heard oral argument on October 15. The case will be decided by July 2014. The counsel who argued the case in the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of Michigan, John Bursch, Michigan’s Solicitor General, will defend the referendum. Professor Mark Strasser, Trussees Professor of Law at Capital University, will defend the Sixth Circuit’s decision.

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The cost is $20.00 ($15.00 for those who join the Columbus Lawyers Chapter for the 2013-2014 program year and $5 for students).

Lunch is included.

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