As a law school administrator and a constitutional law scholar who has written extensively about the use of race-based affirmative action, Illinois law dean Vikram Amar has a special interest in the Harvard undergraduate admissions trial that recently wrapped up closing arguments. He wrote about the case in his November 5th First Monday Musings column for Above the Law.
"...In my view, this lawsuit needn’t be understood as an attack on the idea of affirmative action itself, so much as an attack on specific admissions policies (that may or may not be part of diversity-based affirmative action programs) that impose undue burdens on Asian applicants vis-à-vis white applicants. Whether or not affirmative action (i.e., the consideration of race) to increase representation of African-American, Latinx, and Native-American students is valid and worthwhile (as I believe it is), it is hard to see why Asian applicants, as a group, should lose out to white applicants with objectively less strong admissions files."
Read the full post at abovethelaw.com.