Split Ruling on Affirmative Action
High Court Rules on Race as Factor in University Admissions
A selection of NPR coverage of the University of Michigan case and the future of affirmative action in the United States, from the first U.S. District Court ruling to the Supreme Court's June 23, 2003, decision:
April 1, 2003: NPR's Nina Totenberg gives a preview of Tuesday's oral arguments and an overview of the two cases the judges considered.
April 1, 2003: Tavis Smiley speaks with experts, legislators and students gathered outside the Supreme Court building on Capitol Hill.
April 1, 2003: Talk of the Nation Host Neil Conan moderates a discussion between opponents and supporters of affirmative action
April 1, 2003: With public oral arguments on Grutter v. Bollinger concluded, NPR's Nina Totenberg gives an analysis of the day's debate and where the process goes from here.
March 6, 2003 -- NPR's Tavis Smiley interviews former President Bill Clinton about the pending U.S. Supreme Court arguments in the Grutter v. Bollinger case. "This attack on affirmative action may shut off even existing avenues of higher education to minority students," Clinton warns.
Feb. 23, 2003 -- NPR's Nina Totenberg reports on the hundreds of groups and individuals who filed friend-of-the-court briefs in support of the University of Michigan Law School's admissions policy.
Feb. 7, 2003 -- Tavis Smiley hosts a panel discussion on the future of affirmative action in front of a live audience at the Detroit Institute of Arts.
Jan. 30, 2003 -- NPR's Debbie Elliott reports on an effort by retired military officers and Fortune 500 companies to urge justices to keep the University of Michigan Law School's admissions policy intact.
Jan. 21, 2003 -- Morning Edition host Bob Edwards talks with New York Times education reporter Jacques Steinberg about the Bush administration's decision to support the plaintiffs in Grutter v. Bollinger, and how that decision will affect schools attempting to ensure racial diversity through admission.
Jan 19, 2003 -- Chicago Tribune columnist Clarence Page and John McWhorter, senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, debate the White House's position on affirmative action and its decision to support the plaintiffs in Grutter v. Bollinger.
Jan. 17, 2003 -- The Bush administration files a friend-of-the-court brief asking the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down the University of Michigan's affirmative action program.
Jan. 16, 2003 -- Morning Edition guest host John Ydstie talks with Jeffrey Lehman, dean of the University of Michigan Law School, about the school's affirmative action policies and the pending Supreme Court ruling.
Jan. 16, 2003 -- Tavis Smiley talks about President Bush's decision to side against the University of Michigan and its affirmative action program with Abigail Thernstrom, a member of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, and Kimberle Williams Crenshaw, a professor of law at UCLA and Columbia University.
May 14, 2002 -- NPR's Barbara Bradley Hagerty reports on the 5-4 ruling by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Grutter v. Bollinger, reversing a lower court decision and upholding the University of Michigan's position that creating diversity in the student body is a compelling state interest that justifies using race as a factor in admissions.
March 28, 2001 -- A U.S. District Court judge orders the University of Michigan to stop considering race as a factor in its admissions. All Things Considered senior host Robert Siegel talks about the case with Jeffrey Rosen, associate professor of law at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
Feb. 16, 2001 -- From member station WDET in Detroit, Quinn Klinefelter reports on a lawsuit against the University of Michigan Law School, charging that the school unfairly uses race as a factor in its admissions. The outcome of the suit could have an effect on admissions policies at many universities.
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