Fisher v. University of Texas

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    Announcements, Disability Law, Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 09.04.12

    * Happy Blogiversary to… us. Above the Law turned six years old last week. In blog years, that’s like 100. I think we should put that on the masthead: Above the Law, Established circa 1912. In any event, thanks to all of our loyal readers who have been here from the beginning. Click on the link to take a look at how it all began. [Above the Law]

    * Family claims they were kicked off a flight because the airline didn’t want their Down syndrome child sitting in first class. If they win I think there are going to be able to afford a lot of first class flights in their future. [The Consumerist]

    * Obama is going to have more judicial vacancies after his first term than he inherited from Bush. Part of the problem is that conservatives know how important the courts are and move to obstruct the President at every opportunity. Part of the problem is that progressives don’t seem to understand how important this issue is. [Boston Review]

    * I hope many of you spent your Labor Day not feeling bad about having no paid labor. [The Onion]

    * I do not rule out the possibility that the who pretend to be concerned that affirmative-action “hurts” minorities are the biggest goddamn hypocrites on the face of the Earth. [Accuracy in Academia]

    * Don’t get me wrong, affirmative-action is so going down this upcoming term. There might be suitable alternatives in its place. I’m just finding it funny how some people are so outraged by this one program that allows colleges to “consider” race while developing their class. I can’t imagine how people would react if there was an inherent racial preference in American society for four hundred years. [SCOTUSblog]

    13 Comments / / Sep 4, 2012 at 6:26 PM
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    Affirmative Action, Law Schools, LSAT, Minority Issues, Privacy, Racism, Screw-Ups, Ted Frank

    Another Perspective on the Baylor Law Admissions Data and Affirmative Action

    Could the Baylor Law admissions data be used to argue AGAINST affirmative action? Ted Frank makes the case.

    53 Comments / / Apr 10, 2012 at 12:32 PM
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    Affirmative Action, Law Schools, LSAT, Minority Issues, Privacy, Racism, Screw-Ups

    The Baylor Law Data Dump, Now With Race and Scholarships

    If we look at the Baylor Law raw data, we can really see what this affirmative action debate is all about…

    278 Comments / / Apr 6, 2012 at 11:05 AM
  • Dreier, Movies, Music, Non-Sequiturs, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, Ted Frank

    Non-Sequiturs: 02.27.12

    * Wow. David Brock, head of the liberal watchdog group Media Matters, “paid a former domestic partner $850,000 after being threatened with damaging information involving the organization’s donors and the IRS,” according to allegations in a lawsuit. [Instapundit] * Is the Supreme Court going to gut affirmative action in the Fisher case? Not necessarily, according […]

    1 Comment / / Feb 27, 2012 at 6:34 PM
  • Deaths, Non-Sequiturs, SCOTUS, Social Media, Social Networking Websites, Trials

    Non-Sequiturs: 02.24.12

    * So, your colleague or family member dies, suddenly, after allegedly being worked into the ground. But it’s my blog post about it that “turned the sad situation into a nightmare”? I think instead of lamenting for a fluff piece in a local paper, the media geniuses at Dinsmore should respond to a legitimate press inquiry. [West Virginia Record]

    * The Dharun Ravi trial is under way. I’ll be calling it the Ravi trial, not the Tyler Clementi trial. Because Tyler Clementi is the kid that tragically killed himself, while Dharun Ravi is the very much alive person who has already had his life ruined even thought he didn’t kill anybody. [Metropolis]

    * Are law firms finally starting to make money off of their investments in social media? [Legal Blog Watch]

    * HoLove is getting a Brazilian. [Legal Week]

    * Mmm… Section 230. [Paid Content.org]

    * Does pot make you less productive, or does lack of productivity make you smoke pot? Or, man, have you ever thought that, like, maybe the pot was smoking you, or something? [What About Clients?]

    * If you go to the second hour of this show, at about the 33-minute mark, you’ll hear me start to absolutely lose my mind over the Supreme Court’s decision to grant cert in Fisher. [WBEZ]

    15 Comments / / Feb 24, 2012 at 5:44 PM
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    5th Circuit, Affirmative Action, Election 2012, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, Texas

    SCOTUS Grants Cert in Affirmative Action Case: ‘Cause It’s an Election Year and They Like Power’

    Last year, the Fifth Circuit upheld the University of Texas’s affirmative action plan in Fisher v. University of Texas. But they did so in a petulant, childish manner, as if somebody was forcing them to eat their vegetables. At the time, Elie said they were openly begging for a right-wing Supreme Court to review and overturn their ruling. It looks like the members of the Fifth Circuit are going to get their wish. The Supreme Court granted cert on Fisher, and now we get to have an affirmative action debate right in the middle of an election cycle where a black man is running for reelection….

    117 Comments / / Feb 21, 2012 at 1:20 PM
  • Affirmative Action, Education / Schools, Law Schools, Minority Issues, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

    George Will’s Disingenuous Idea on How SCOTUS Can Help Black People

    If you want to help, help. But don’t use “helping” as an excuse to further some ridiculous personal agenda. You’ll just look like an idiot. You’ll just look like George Will prancing around the pages of the Washington Post trying to act like he is against affirmative action because he suddenly wants the Supreme Court to step up to the plate and “help” black people….

    206 Comments / / Dec 2, 2011 at 11:12 AM
  • 5th Circuit, Federal Circuit, John Roberts, Minority Issues, Racism, Texas

    Fifth Circuit Upholds Affirmative Action, But Is It Begging for SCOTUS Intervention?

    Two people from my high school got into the same college I did. We were all in the top 10 of our class, but none of us were in the top 5. One was a white guy who was a brilliant piano player. The other was a white girl who excelled at sports. Then there […]

    184 Comments / / Jan 19, 2011 at 7:14 PM