The Ivy Coach Daily

February 27, 2020

DOJ Files Amicus Brief in Support of Appeal of SFFA v. Harvard Ruling

Will the Students for Fair Admissions v. Harvard University case head to the United States Supreme Court?

Earlier this month, the group that filed a lawsuit against Harvard University alleging that the school discriminates against Asian American applicants in its admissions process filed an appeal to Justice Allison Burroughs’ ruling in favor of Harvard in the seminal case. The fact that the group, Students for Fair Admissions, appealed the decision was certainly not surprising — nor is the fact that our United States Department of Justice, under President Trump’s administration, has filed a brief siding with SFFA in calling for a reversal of Justice Burroughs’ ruling.

As Nick Anderson reports for The Washington Post in a piece entitled “Justice Department argues Harvard’s use of race in admissions violates civil rights law,” “On Monday, the Justice Department filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 1st Circuit that laid out two arguments for overturning the Burroughs decision. First, the department claimed Harvard uses ’racial balancing’ to assemble incoming classes that have a ’remarkably stable’ racial and ethnic composition year after year. This amounts to ’a system of de facto quotas’ forbidden under Supreme Court precedents, the department contends. Second, the department claimed that Harvard’s internal review of applications imposes ’a racial penalty by systematically disfavoring Asian-American applicants.’”

Stay tuned for updates on the SFFA v. Harvard University case as it inches closer and closer to landing before the justices of the highest court in the land!

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