Supporting Fisher vs. University of Texas Case

By | October 20, 2015

Supporting Fisher vs. University of Texas Case

In this fall session, the U.S. Supreme Court will re-hear Fisher v. University of Texas. The holding from that case will be of critical importance, possibly eliminating race as a factor in college admissions, which has been a major source of discriminations against Asian American applicants. In order to let the Supreme Court to hear Asian American communities’ voice, partnering with Asian American Legal Foundation, AACE has united 117 Asian-American associations and educational institutions and filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court urging a total ban of racial discrimination in college admissions. This document was filed on September 10, 2015 in support of the petitioner in Fisher v. University of Texas case.

AACE’s successful completion of this initiative proves that:

  1. We are rapidly gaining more societal support, at a grass roots level. Six months ago, it took us almost three months to unite 64 Asian American associations and educational institutions when we filed the complaint against Harvard University. This time, it took us only 10 days to unite 117 Asian American associations and educational institutions, plus 28 supporting businesses (we did not include businesses in our filing).
  2. We delivered a high quality, compelling Amicus Brief, which was co-authored by Gordon Fauth, the General Counsel of the Asian American Legal Foundation (AALF), an organization that has fought against anti-Asian education in education since 1994. John C. Eastman, a famous law professor and constitutional law scholar, agreed to sign onto and co-author the brief. Professor Eastman is the Henry Salvatori Professor of Law & Community Service and former Dean at Chapman University School of Law in Orange, California. He is also the Director of the Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence, a public interest law firm affiliated with the Claremont Institute for the Study of Statesmanship and Political Philosophy. Other co-authors include Rosanne L. Mah of the Litigation Law Group and AALF founders and directors Lee C. Cheng and Alan Tse.
  3. On behalf of more than 140 Asian-American organizations, we communicated this powerful message to the Supreme Court: “For the foregoing reasons, the Court should find the UT admission program to be unconstitutional. This Court should also revisit its holding in Grutter, to make clear that outside of a constitutionally-permissible remedy to prior discrimination, race may not be considered in college admissions.