White House Stands Behind UT's Race-Aware Admissions

Law360, Houston (August 14, 2012, 6:22 PM EDT) -- The Obama administration on Monday told the U.S. Supreme Court that the consideration of race by the University of Texas in making college admissions determinations supports a compelling national interest in the educational benefits of diversity.

An amicus brief filed in Fisher v. University of Texas by U.S. Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli Jr. contends that the university’s admissions process protects the government’s need for well-qualified and diverse employees in the public and private sectors.

“Numerous federal agencies — including the departments of Defense, Justice, Education,...
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