Claire P. Gutekunst, president of the New York State Bar Association, issued the following statement
about today’s U. S. Supreme Court’s decision in Abigail Noel Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, et al.
“We are pleased the Supreme Court has upheld its 2003 decision in Grutter v. Bollinger that
racial diversity in higher education is a compelling government interest.
“The New York State Bar Association, which filed amicus briefs in this case in 2012 and 2015,
does not take a position on the specifics of the University of Texas’s admissions policy. The
briefs focused on the importance of increasing diversity in the legal profession by fostering
greater diversity in higher education.
“Increasing the diversity of the legal profession can be achieved only if colleges and universities
graduate substantial numbers of students of color who can attend law school. When judges,
prosecutors and attorneys reflect the diversity of our nation, public confidence in our criminal
and civil justice systems will be enhanced.”
The 74,000-member New York State Bar Association is the largest voluntary state bar association in the
nation. It was founded in 1876.
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