Law professors gathered Monday to discuss a recent Supreme Court decision to hear Fisher vs. the University of Texas, which is the next major affirmative action case. The argument, should institutions like UT accept top tier students into schools without considering race.
Latino IU Law student Ezequiel “Zeke” Romero says that some may say the case is an advantage for African-American and Latino students to get a foot in the door.
“We have to remember that African-American’s and Hispanics historically have been discriminated against in this country and this is just one way to rectify some of the past discriminatory affects that has happened within the Latino and African-American community,” he says.
Law experts say that the issue is whether race should be a factor in the admissions process. IU Law Professor Kevin Brown says this could have an impact on other institutions that do still use the affirmative action model.
“What I hope will happen is that the court limits its opinion to just striking down the admissions plan at the University of Texas, but does not deliver an opinion that would impact affirmative action nationwide.”
Brown says the case will likely be argued in court later this fall, and the verdict decision made in June 2013.