EducationCounsel, Nelson Mullins Support Diversity Efforts by Education Institutions in Major U.S. Supreme Court Case
WASHINGTON, DC (Aug. 13, 2012) - EducationCounsel LLC and Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP have filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of the College Board, the National School Boards Association, and eleven other leading education organizations. The brief, filed in support of the University of Texas' admission policy, which promotes the educational benefits of diversity through race-conscious admissions, is being challenged in Fisher v. University of Texas, a case in which oral arguments will be heard this October.
The Fisher case involves a challenge to UT’s race-conscious admissions policy, which was adopted pursuant to current U.S. Supreme Court standards. The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the policy. The College Board/NSBA brief is part of an effort by dozens of education, corporate, civil rights, military, government, and other organizations and individuals that have also filed briefs in support of the university—all to advance interests in the education of engaged citizens and a qualified and diverse workforce to meet 21st century demands.