Fisher v. University of Texas (II) was our winter 2015 SCOTUS in the Classroom case.
Each SCOTUS Term, Street Law selects the most classroom-relevant, student-friendly cases as our SCOTUS in the Classroom cases. Teachers are encouraged to hold moot courts or mini-moot courts of the case the same weeks that the Supreme Court hears arguments, giving students the opportunity to follow discussion and analysis in the news and listen to or read a transcript of the actual oral arguments at the Court.
Case Summary and Activities:
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- Applying Precedents Activity (Bakke)
- Applying Precedents Activity (Brown)
- Mini-moot Court
Does UT-Austin’s consideration of race in undergraduate admissions violate the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment?
- Brief of Petitioner: Fisher
- Brief of Respondent: University of Texas
- Amici: available on SCOTUSblog's case page
News Articles and Resources:
- Abigail Fisher and affirmative action return to the Court: In Plain English by Amy Howe
- A view from the Courtroom during oral argument in Fisher by Mark Walsh
- SCOTUSblog via Washington Post: Is a Supreme Court Surprise Coming on Affirmative Action in College Admissions?
- New York Times: Supreme Court Will Reconsider Affirmative Action Case
- Amicus Podcast from Slate: Background on Affirmative Action and related Court cases
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