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In new admissions cycle, law schools are trying to avoid ‘litigation bait’ with race-neutral plans

After last month’s U.S. Supreme Court opinion that found race-conscious university admissions decisions to be unconstitutional, the clock is ticking for law schools determining what to do when the new applications cycle begins in September.

Companies must end racial preferences or face accountability ‘sooner rather than later,’ 13 state AGs say

Attorneys general from 13 states are warning Fortune 100 companies that a U.S. Supreme Court decision striking down race-conscious admissions programs at universities also implicates corporate diversity programs.

Is Biden’s latest plan to cancel student debt vulnerable to legal challenges?

President Joe Biden’s latest plan to cancel some student debt is based on a different law than the one before the Supreme Court, when it struck down a program in June. But some conservative commentators say the new plan remains vulnerable to legal attacks.

Chemerinsky: Supreme Court once again moves the law significantly to the right

In the last days of the October Term 2022, the court, in a series of 6-3 decisions, moved the law significantly to the right. But unlike the prior term, there also were some significant surprises from the conservative court.

Harvard legacy admissions challenged in Education Department complaint

Lawyers for Civil Rights filed a complaint with the federal government Monday that challenges Harvard’s practice of giving a boost in admissions to children of alumni and wealthy donors.

Weekly Briefs: Decision overturning skirts-only rule survives; ‘Hurricane Carter’ judge dies

SCOTUS lets stand decision overturning skirts-only rule

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday let stand a federal appellate decision holding that a public charter school in North Carolina violated…

Supreme Court strikes down student loan forgiveness; Roberts warns of ‘disturbing’ feature of some opinions

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday overturned the Biden administration’s student loan forgiveness plan, holding that it was not authorized by a law allowing modification of student-aid programs during national emergencies.

Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson makes her mark during first term on the Supreme Court

Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson “has hit the ground running,” says Ralph Richard Banks, a professor at Stanford Law School and faculty director of the Stanford Center for Racial Justice. “She seems to have already found her voice, both literally in oral arguments and in her opinions.”

SCOTUS strikes down race-conscious admissions programs at Harvard, University of North Carolina

Citing the 14th Amendment’s equal protection clause, the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday struck down race-conscious admissions programs at Harvard University and the University of North Carolina.

Disability rights advocates challenge California’s bar exam accommodation process

Updated: Two disability rights groups have filed a U.S. Department of Justice complaint against the State Bar of California alleging that the agency “consistently” violates the Americans With Disabilities Act regarding bar exam accommodation requests.

We ‘live on a pro se planet;’ 5th Circuit allows parents to sometimes represent children without lawyers

A federal appeals court is giving a pro se parent a chance to persuade a federal judge that she may represent her minor children without a lawyer in a federal lawsuit filed against a Texas school district.

If SCOTUS rules against racial preferences, this 4th Circuit decision presents next issue

If the U.S. Supreme Court restricts the consideration of race in college admissions, there is another looming issue: whether schools can use race-neutral tools that boost diversity.

Brown v. Board of Education should be renamed, group plans to tell Supreme Court

A lawyer in Camden, South Carolina, plans to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to rename Brown v. Board of Education for the first case taken to federal court in a quest to eliminate the separate-but-equal doctrine.

So far this term, Supreme Court opinions aren’t splitting strictly along ideological lines

None of the U.S. Supreme Court decisions issued so far this term has split strictly along ideological lines, even with two decisions decided by 5-4 votes and three by 6-3 votes, according to the Empirical SCOTUS blog.

Plans for cutting admissions test requirement paused by ABA Legal Ed council

After receiving letters from various law school deans with concerns about cutting the Law School Admission Test requirement, the council of the ABA’s Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar on Friday walked back plans to go forward with the proposal in August.

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