Hopwood Lawyers Prepare to Pursue University of Michigan-Ann Arbor on Affirmative Action

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. - A group of Michigan state legislators and a Washington, D.C. law firm that specializes in contesting affirmative action programs are preparing to sue the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor over its admissions policies. Michigan State Representative David Jaye (R-Macomb) confirmed that he and other legislators are working with the Center for Individual Rights (CIR) to bring a class action lawsuit against the University of Michigan for its use of racial preferences in admissions and financial aid policies.

Rep. Jaye says he and three other legislators are referring individuals who believe they were denied admission or financial aid to the University of Michigan because of racial preferences for minorities to contact the CIR. The Washington, D.C.-based organization is screening potential clients for inclusion in the class action lawsuit, according to the representative.

Rep. Jaye declined to specify when the lawsuit would be filed but previous news reports have indicated the lawsuit is intended to be filed this fall. A spokesman for the Center for Individual Rights declined to comment about the impending lawsuit. The CIR is best known for representing Cheryl Hopwood, the plaintiff in the Hopwood v. Texas law school admissions case.

I would simply say that we are confident that our admissions and financial aid policies are legal and that they are appropriate," said Lisa Baker, Associate Vice President for tniversity Relations at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.

In recent months, the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor has become the target of three separate employment discrimination lawsuits. …


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