Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

NOTEWORTHY NEWS: Businesses, Lawmakers Show Support for Affirmative Action in College Admissions

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

NOTEWORTHY NEWS: Businesses, Lawmakers Show Support for Affirmative Action in College Admissions

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NOTEWORTHY NEWS: Businesses, Lawmakers Show Support For Affirmative Action in College Admissions

A "stunning array" of organizations representing business, labor, public officials, higher education and the legal profession filed legal briefs in support of the University of Michigan's affirmative action policies in admissions, UM President Lee C. Bollinger announced last month.

The groups -- which include 32 of the world's largest companies, the United Auto Workers, the American Bar Associations, the National Organization for Women Legal Defense Fund and several high-profile Michigan lawmakers -- filed amicus or "friend of the court" briefs last month in the university's appeal of Grutter v. Bollinger.

On March 27, federal district court Judge Bernard Friedman issued a ruling that the university's law school admissions policy, which considers the applicant's race as one factor in admissions decisions, was unconstitutional. The case is on appeal in the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati (see Black Issues, April 12).

Many of the amicus supporters also plan to file briefs on behalf of the university in the undergraduate admissions lawsuit, Gratz v. Bollinger. Judge Patrick Duggan upheld the university's policies in his December decision (see Black Issues, Jan. 4).

Detroit Mayor Dennis Archer, U.S. Reps. John Conyers and Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick, Michigan State Rep. Kwame M. Kilpatrick, D-Wayne County, and former U.S. Attorney Saul Green held a press conference last month to announce their action. …

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