Grutter v. Bollinger (2003)


April 1, 2003, Oral Argument





The Debate Begins

The Supreme Court hears arguments on two related lawsuits that challenge a policy at the University of Michigan that considers race in admitting new students. The cases test whether the university is allowed to discriminate because it values diversity in its student body, or whether discrimination is only justified to reverse past racial injustice.

NPR's Nina Totenberg reports.

Hear her Report


Supreme Court Hears Arguments
in Key Cases Testing Affirmative Action

Update

From PBS: "The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday in two highly anticipated affirmative action cases in what may prove to be the most important civil rights debate before the high court in decades".

Audio of the Supreme Court Arguments
RealAudio: Arguments on Grutter v. Bollinger, the case examining the university's law school admissions policy
RealAudio: Arguments on Gratz and Hamacher v. Bollinger, the case examining the university's undergraduate admissions policy.

Background and Briefs
A look at the two University of Michigan cases before the court and the possible impact the Supreme Court decision will have both on educational institutions and lower court systems. (12/3/02)

Read the full 1978 Supreme Court opinion on University of California Regents v. Bakke, the last time the high court evaluated the legality of affirmative action in education. (From FindLaw)

Experts discuss President Bush's decision to enter the debate over affirmative action, calling a University of Michigan Law School program to encourage minority acceptance in college "fundamentally flawed" and unconstitutional. (01/15/03)
Full text of President Bush's statement on the affirmative action case.

Barbara Grutter v. Lee Bollinger et al., the case testing University of Michigan's Law School admissions policy:

Original Trail Outline

Petition to the Supreme Court for Writ of Certiorari
Univ. of Michigan's Brief to the Supreme Court (Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)
U.S. Solicitor General Brief
U.S. Supreme Court Docket, which lists all organizations who filed briefs on this case

Jennifer Gratz and Patrick Hamacher v. Lee Bollinger et al., the case testing University of Michigan's undergraduate admissions policy:

Petition to the Supreme Court for Writ of Certiorari (From FindLaw)
Univ. of Michigan's Brief to the Supreme Court (Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)
U.S. Solicitor General Brief
U.S. Supreme Court Docket, which lists all organizations who filed briefs on this case






Prepared: April 1, 2003 - 5:02:29 PM
Edited and Updated, April 1, 2003


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