Corporate partner Scott Chinn and government and regulatory associate Brad Boswell coauthored an article for Indiana Lawyer titled “Students for Fair Admissions: Why It Matters and What’s Next,” which discusses the joint opinion in Students for Fair Admissions, Inc. v. President and Fellows of Harvard College and Students for Fair Admissions, Inc. v. University of North Carolina, et al. (SFFA).
Chinn and Boswell provide an overview of the opinion, in which the U.S. Supreme Court held that race-conscious admissions policies violate the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment and Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of1964. They note that questions remain about its impact beyond college and university admissions and the extent to which race and diversity initiatives may be utilized.
In the article, the authors cover Title VI and the equal protection clause, differing interpretations of SFFA, and what SFFA interpretation may look like going forward. Chinn and Boswell provide recommendations for organizations that may be impacted by the SFFA holding.
The full article is available for Indiana Lawyer subscribers.