Lawyers’ Committee Files U.S. Supreme Court Brief in Affirmative Action Case


Two years ago, when the U.S. Supreme Court examined the University of Texas’ admissions process, it reaffirmed colleges’ ability to consider race as one of many factors in admitting a diverse student body.  This year, Texas’ admissions policy is once again before the Supreme Court.

Together with Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky & Popeo, P.C., the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice filed an amicus brief in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin II to counter the so-called “mismatch hypothesis,” which posits that affirmative action is harmful to students of color. Our clients are leading scholars from Harvard, Stanford, Yale, the University of Pennsylvania, and other prominent institutions of higher learning, who have thoroughly debunked this theory. In our brief, we highlight the significant methodological flaws the scholars have identified in the “mismatch” research for the Supreme Court’s attention.

LCCR Amicus Brief in Fisher (Empirical Scholars)