Here is the petition filing, and SFFA filed this press release. Reports about this update include:
Appeal Court Ruled in Favor of Harvard
We expect the case will be brought to the Supreme Court of the United States in the near future.
Reports about the ruling:
Appeals Court Heard Oral Arguments of SFFA vs Harvard
Consistent with public health guidance and ongoing efforts to mitigate the risk of community transmission of COVID-19, the court conducted oral argument remotely in this case on Wednesday, September 16, 2020.
“The Department of Justice is leading its own investigation against Harvard’s admissions process, which was ongoing as of December 2019. In a separate investigation, the Justice Department found last month that Yale University also discriminates against Asian American applicants.”
SFFA Files Appeal Brief in Harvard Admissions Case
The official document of the brief is here.
As you can imagine, this is just the beginning of what will likely be a long and intense legal battle. Most observers believe this case will ultimately be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court. It is possible the final resolution of our lawsuit is another two years away.
Of course, it is very expensive for a small organization like SFFA to continue this fight.
Please consider donating to help SFFA continue this battle
Excerpt from Edward Blum’s email:
We make four important points:
- The court failed to account for the indisputable fact that Harvard consistently gives Asian-Americans lower scores on their “personal” rating than whites, African-Americans and Hispanics.
- The court was unable to explain why Harvard did not engage in impermissible racial balancing, when the percentages of Asian-Americans and other racial groups admitted to Harvard have remained virtually unchanged for 10 years.
- The court improperly dismissed our data and analysis showing that race-based affirmative action would be unnecessary if Harvard eliminated preferences for legacies, children of Harvard faculty and staff, and children of wealthy donors, while boosting applicants from disadvantaged backgrounds.
- The court incorrectly found that race was only a minor factor in the admissions process, when it is, in fact, the overwhelming factor in determining who gets admitted or rejected.
10月1日波士顿联邦法院法官Allison D. Burroughs做出了对SFFA不利的裁决。这个发展并不意外，SFFA如大家预期的一样在10月4日向第一巡回法院发出了Notice of Appeal
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LWSD Board Director Cassandra Sage女士10月11日晚应AARA邀请做题为”How to Get Involved in Your Local Public School”的讲座。