The Future of Affirmative Action and Diversity Efforts After Fischer v. University of Texas


Frank C. Morris, Jr., serves as Planning Chair and Panelist of this teleseminar, "The Future of Affirmative Action and Diversity Efforts After Fischer v. University of Texas."

Revisiting affirmative action for the first time since its 2003 decision in Grutter v.Bollinger addressing affirmative action at the University of Michigan Law School, the Supreme Court has just decided Fischer v. University of Texas.  Affirmative action and diversity efforts remain among the most debated and controversial issues in both the law and society.  

In this teleseminar, leading Supreme Court practitioners analyze the Fischer decision and its implications.  They will also discuss the issues for the Fifth Circuit and the lower courts generally in light of the remand in Fischer and what it portends for affirmative action in other important settings beyond education.

Topics include:

  • The key holdings of Fischer and the impact on diversity enhancing programs generally
  • The impact of Fischer on voluntary affirmative action by public and private employers
  • The impact on employers who are government contractors with affirmative action obligations under Presidential Executive Order 11246 and local equivalents
  • The impact on governmental Minority Business Enterprise/Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (MBE/DBE) programs in light of the Court's reference to  Richmond v. J.A. Croson
  • Key questions left open for the lower courts in applying Fischer

Don't miss this timely opportunity to spend 60 minutes and understand the key takeaways on affirmative action and diversity from Fischer.

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