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Clarence Thomas, Fisher v. University of Texas, and the Future of Affirmative Action in Higher Education

24 Pages Posted: 20 Jun 2016 Last revised: 22 Jun 2016

Scott D. Gerber

Ohio Northern University - Pettit College of Law

Date Written: June 20, 2016

Abstract

This article originated as a paper for an affirmative action symposium at the University of Chicago Law School sponsored by the Midwest Black Law Students Association. The article places Justice Thomas’s concurring opinion in Fisher v. University of Texas (“Fisher I”) in the larger context of his voluminous writings on race in general and affirmative action in particular. The article also discusses the commentary on Justice Thomas’s Fisher I opinion because the reaction to what he writes, especially on matters of race, is almost as important as the opinions themselves. The article concludes with some brief comments on Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, a 2014 case about the constitutionality of a 2006 amendment to the Michigan state constitution banning racial preferences in Michigan, and on Fisher v. University of Texas (“Fisher II”), which the Court will be deciding by the end of June 2016. Justice Scalia’s recent death figures prominently in the concluding section.

Keywords: Clarence Thomas, affirmative action, Fisher v. University of Texas

Suggested Citation

Gerber, Scott D., Clarence Thomas, Fisher v. University of Texas, and the Future of Affirmative Action in Higher Education (June 20, 2016). University of Richmond Law Review, Vol. 50, No. 4, 2016. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2798038

Scott Gerber (Contact Author)

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