Affirmative Action in University Admissions Faces Legal Challenge

Edward Blum, a key player in the Abigail Fisher v. University of Texas-Austin affirmative action case and in the litigation that gutted Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, is at it again.

Blum’s legal foundation, the Project for Fair Representation, has issued a call to students who believe they experienced reverse discrimination during the admissions process at Harvard University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

As part of the campaign, the foundation established three websites,, and that seek complainants who believe they were denied admission to these institutions due to affirmative action policies.

Visitors to the page are asked: “Were You Denied Admission to Harvard? It may be because you’re the wrong race…If you have been denied admission to Harvard, we want to hear from you. Please fill out the form below and learn about what can be done.”

According to the foundation, “thousands of applicants to these universities have been unfairly and unconstitutionally denied admission.” The institutions fail to uphold the “strict scrutiny” in the use of race-based admissions policies as established by the Supreme Court in cases such as Brown v. Board of Education. And, Harvard, especially, is discriminating against Asian-American students by using a “quota” or “ceiling” to limit their admission to the university, the organization said in the press release.

“The Supreme Court last year imposed incredibly high hurdles colleges must overcome when using racial and ethnic preferences in their admissions policies. We believe all of these schools are breaking the law,” Blum said in a statement.

“It is not necessary to use racial classifications and preferences in order for these schools to have a diverse student body,” he added. “To continue treating applicants differently because of their race and ethnic heritage is wrong and must end.” 

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Affirmative Action in University Admissions Faces Legal Challenge


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