New York, NY, November 2, 2015 … For the second time, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has filed a friend of the court brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold the University of Texas’ admissions policy, emphasizing the importance of achieving and preserving diversity in institutions of higher education through constitutionally sound measures.
ADL filed a similar amicus brief when the Supreme Court heard this case in its 2012 Term and asked the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals to reconsider it. The Supreme Court will hear arguments in Fisher v. University of Texas, on December 9.
“We know from our real-world, front-line experience in educational settings that exposure to a diverse academic community serves critical societal needs,” said Marvin D. Nathan, ADL National Chair. “Institutions of higher education have an obligation to achieve and preserve a diverse student body. We support the University of Texas’ admissions policy because we believe that the University has used a proper and constitutionally sound means to achieve such a diverse student body.”
“Based on the undisputed facts in this case, the University of Texas used a holistic review program that considered race among many factors in the admission of students,” said Jonathan A. Greenblatt, ADL CEO. “This was not an overt or a covert quota system, which we have opposed, and will continue to staunchly oppose. Rather, it was a constitutionally sound way to achieve diversity in its student body, and an important step toward the creation of a fully integrated society that honors inclusiveness and is free of racial and ethnic hatred and discrimination.”
ADL’s brief was drafted by the law firm Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson.