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REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque - Abigail Fisher (R), the plaintiff in Fisher v. Texas, listens to her lawyer Bert Rein speak outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington December 9, 2015. The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday appeared closely divided over the future of affirmative action in college admissions as the justices considered a challenge to the process for picking students used by the University of Texas at Austin.

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Amicus briefs in Fisher: A cornucopia of law, facts and occasional curiosities

December 11, 2015, Richard Lempert

The recent oral arguments in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin are dominating print and online media. But reporters might not always cover all aspects that go into to the case, Richard Lempert argues. A trip through the 70 or so amicus briefs filed in Fisher are illustrative of this point. In this post, Lempert examines the facts, reasoning, and curiosities present in the amicus briefs for this high-profile case. 


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