ON-Lion Letter
In February, the U.S. Supreme Court announced its decision to grant review in Fisher v. University of Texas, a case challenging the use of racial and ethnic preferences by the university in undergraduate admissions.

The Pacific Legal Foundation, the Center for Equal Opportunity (CEO), the American Civil Rights Institute (ACRI), the National Association of Scholars (NAS), and Project 21 filed an amicus curiae, or "friend-of-the-court," brief last Fall urging the Court to take the case.  The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee supports CEO, ACRI, and NAS.

"The Court is right to take the case, because the justices must keep an eye on what schools are doing," according to CEO president and general counsel Roger Clegg.  "Instead of preferences being phased out, in some ways they are getting worse -- as our studies have documented.  What's more, as our nation becomes more and more multiracial and multiethnic, it becomes more and more untenable for our public institutions to label, sort, and discriminate on the basis of skin color and national origin."

"We are delighted that the Supreme Court will have a new look at the way our nation's institutions of higher education treat race," said NAS chairman Stephen Balch, a recipient of the Jeane Kirkpatrick Prize for Academic Freedom.  "The only way to usher in true racial equality in America is to end race-based discrimination.  There are many race-neutral ways of promoting equal opportunity on our college campuses, and we urge the Court to choose these instead."
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