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Legal Update: Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action

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Legal Update: Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action

September 23, 2013

This paper from the College Board's Access & Diversity Collaborative gives an overview of the upcoming Supreme Court case, Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action.

Schuette was brought by a coalition of groups to challenge Michigan’s ban on the consideration of race and ethnicity in admissions decisions, which voters approved in 2006 as an amendment to the state constitution. 

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit struck down the ban last year, ruling that it violates the 14th Amendment’s equal protection clause, which mandates that states must apply their laws equally to all individuals and groups of people.​

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