Lawyers Weigh In On High Court's Affirmative Action Ruling

Law360, New York (April 22, 2014, 9:13 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled that a Michigan law banning affirmative action programs for college admissions is constitutional. Attorneys told Law360 why the ruling matters.

Lisa Karen Atkins, Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC

"In [Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action], the Supreme Court held that although consideration of race, national origin, ethnicity and sex in admissions is constitutionally permissible, voters have every right to reject it. The decision only impacts eight states (Arizona, California, Florida, Michigan, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Oklahoma and Washington), but when restrictions are placed on criteria that promote student diversity, it can lead...

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