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A federal judge on Tuesday ordered the University of Michigan's law school to quit using race as a factor in admissions, ruling that its affirmative action policies violate the U.S. Constitution and are not in the state's interest. U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman dismissed the school's arguments that affirmative action is needed to "level the playing field" so minorities can compete in a society filled with either past or present discrimination.
December 23, 2000 | From Associated Press
A federal judge put off a decision Friday on whether the use of race in admissions to the University of Michigan law school is unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman agreed to press ahead with a Jan. 16 trial over a narrow set of issues, including the extent of the law school's race-conscious admissions and whether any double standard favors less-qualified minorities. "I'm just trying to crystallize these issues," Friedman said during the four-hour hearing.
June 21, 2010
Paul Gutman L.A. judge upheld race-based magnet admissions Paul Gutman, 78, a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge who ruled that L.A. schools could continue using a race-based formula for magnet school admissions, died June 13. The cause was complications from spine surgery, according to his family. Appointed to the bench in 1993 by then-Gov. Pete Wilson, Gutman oversaw criminal cases before serving as a supervising judge of the Van Nuys-based Northwest District. In his 2007 ruling on magnet schools, Gutman wrote that the Los Angeles Unified School District had been ordered "quite clearly and beyond dispute" in 1981 "to employ race and ethnicity to ensure that the magnet schools would in fact be desegregated."
Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Long Beach) asked this week for a federal civil rights investigation of alleged racial bias in UC San Diego admissions procedures based on his reading of newspaper articles about campus policies regarding Filipino applicants. A top UCSD administrator, after learning Wednesday of Rohrabacher's letter to the U.S. Department of Education, angrily accused Rohrabacher of misrepresenting facts and of fanning racial prejudice.
October 21, 2005 | Tomas Alex Tizon, Times Staff Writer
In a ruling that gives public high schools the power to maintain racially balanced student bodies, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday upheld the Seattle School District's use of race as a factor in admissions. The court's 7-4 vote overturned a 2-1 decision a 9th Circuit panel made in 2002.
October 10, 2012 | By David G. Savage, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court's conservative justices signaled Wednesday they were likely to strike down a University of Texas affirmative action policy, but did not make clear how far they might go in outlawing the use of race in admissions at colleges and universities. From his opening question, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. said he was troubled by having students "check a box" to designate race or ethnicity and by allowing officials to decide who is admitted based on this factor.
April 29, 2009 | Larry Gordon
High school students, beware! College admissions and financial aid officers in California and elsewhere may be peeking over your digital shoulder at the personal information you post on your Facebook or MySpace page. And they might decide to toss out your application after reading what you wrote about that cool party last week or how you want to conduct your romantic life at college. According to a new report by the National Assn. for College Admission Counseling, about a quarter of U.S.
December 19, 2005 | Rebecca Trounson, Times Staff Writer
To Pastor Des Starr, the superintendent of a small religious school in Riverside County, the case is about protecting the freedom of his private institution to teach its students from a conservative Christian perspective. To the University of California, it is about defending the public university system's ability to set standards for admission to its campuses. And to many others, it represents a potentially significant new front in America's often bitter tug of war between church and state.
August 15, 1986
Alex DeHayward, a Montclair Prep linebacker who signed a letter of intent with USC, failed to meet the school's admissions requirements, a Trojan spokesman said Thursday.
June 24, 2007 | Edward Lazarus, EDWARD LAZARUS, a lawyer in private practice, is the author of "Closed Chambers: The Rise, Fall and Future of the Modern Supreme Court."
BROWN vs. Board of Education, the Supreme Court's landmark declaration that racially segregated public schools were unconstitutional, may be the court's only ruling in the last 200 years that virtually everyone today agrees was "rightly decided." It is simply unimaginable that a president would appoint, or that the Senate would confirm, a court nominee who failed to pay homage to the 1954 decision.
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