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Wiley Rein Co-Founder Takes on Two Cases Pushed by Foundation Opposing Preferences

Posted Mar 5, 2012 11:28 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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Antitrust litigator Bert Rein will be arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court for the first time when he represents Abigail Fisher in a case challenging race-conscious admissions at the University of Texas.

Rein, the co-founder of Wiley Rein, took the case after he was approached by Edward Blum, who runs a defense foundation called the Project for Fair Representation, the Washington Post reports. The project opposes racial preferences and finds law firms to take on cases at “greatly reduced” fees, Blum tells the newspaper.

Rein is also working with the project to challenge preclearance provisions of the Voting Rights Act. The case is pending before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

“These are important cases but ... we are not engaged in an ideological pro bono crusade,” Rein told the Post.

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