NY Backs University’s Affirmative Action Policy In High Court

Law360, New York (August 15, 2012, 2:28 PM EDT) -- New York's attorney general joined a chorus of voices Tuesday in urging the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold a Fifth Circuit finding that the University of Texas' policy of considering race and ethnicity in admitting a percentage of its undergraduates is constitutional.

The Lone Star State's 1998 "Top Ten Percent Law" — a mechanical process for selecting students — is effective to an extent but does not fully exhaust the state's "compelling interest” in promoting academic diversity, according to the brief, in which New York was joined by...
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