The John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse is a federal courthouse located on Fan Pier in Boston, Massachusetts. . The wait is finally over.After months and months of anticipation, lawyers for Harvard and anti-affirmative action group Students for Fair Admissions will face off before a federal judge at 10 a.m. Monday morning in a weeks-long, high-profile trial that could impact the fate of affirmative action in the United States.The trial will investigate allegations that the College discriminates against Asian Americans in its admissions process. SFFA charges that Harvard systematically rejects qualified Asian-American applicants in order to maintain illegal racial quotas in its classes.Harvard has repeatedly denied SFFA’s allegations. Administrators as high up as University President Lawrence S. Bacow have strongly defended the school’s consideration of race in the admissions process as key to fulfilling its educational mission. Over the past year, court filings … [Read more...] about The Harvard Admissions Trial Starts Today. Here’s What You Need to Know.
Hundreds Gather for Dueling Rallies Ahead of Trial Challenging Harvard Admissions: Live Updates The day before a lawsuit challenging Harvard's admissions practices goes to trial, demonstrators took to the streets in Cambridge and Boston to hold two dueling rallies — one pro-Harvard and one pro-SFFA, the group suing the University. A protester at the pro-Students for Fair Admissions rally held in Copley Square Sunday. SFFA is suing Harvard over allegations it discriminates Asian-American applicants. The day before a lawsuit challenging Harvard's admissions practices heads to a high-stakes and high-profile trial in a Boston courtroom, hundreds of demonstrators took to the streets in Cambridge and Boston Sunday to hold two dueling rallies — one pro-Harvard and one pro-Students for Fair Admissions, the group suing the University. SFFA filed suit against Harvard in 2014, charging that the College's race-conscious admissions policy has led the school to discriminate … [Read more...] about Hundreds Gather for Dueling Rallies Ahead of Trial Challenging Harvard Admissions: Live Updates
Around 60 people packed an Emerson Hall lecture room to hear a panel of affirmative action advocates discuss race-conscious admissions in universities Tuesday — six days before Harvard's own affirmative action policy will face a challenge in court.Harvard College Democrats and the Task Force on Asian and Pacific American Studies co-hosted the panel as part of a Week of Action leading up to the Harvard admissions trial on Oct. 15. The University is facing a legal challenge from anti-affirmative action group Students for Fair Admissions, which alleges that the College discriminates against Asian-American applicants. The suit could have national implications for the future of affirmative action.The panelists at Tuesday's event included Carolyn W. Chou ’13, the Executive Director of Boston’s Asian American Resource Workshop, Andres Castro Samayoa ’10, a professor at the Boston College School of Education, and Jennifer A. Holmes, assistant council at the NAACP Legal … [Read more...] about A Week Before Harvard Admissions Lawsuit Trial, Activists Host Panel Defending Diversity
The John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse is a federal courthouse located on Fan Pier in Boston, Massachusetts. The lawsuit alleging Harvard discriminates against Asian-American applicants will go to trial here on Oct. 15. U.S. District Court Judge Allison D. Burroughs ruled Friday that the admissions lawsuit alleging Harvard discriminates against Asian-American applicants must go to trial in October, thwarting once and for all months-long campaigns waged by the University and plaintiff Students for Fair Aadmissions to convince her to decide the matter without a courtroom fight.Both Harvard and SFFA, an anti-affirmative action advocacy group, spent much of the summer arguing she should resolve the suit by summary judgment — that is, sans a trial.In a Friday court order, Burroughs disappointed both parties, determining that the suit will go to trial as scheduled at a federal courthouse in Boston on Oct. 15. Many legal experts … [Read more...] about Judge Rules Harvard Admissions Suit Must Proceed to Trial
The Justice Department on Thursday sided with Asian-American students suing Harvard University over the Ivy League school's consideration of race in its admissions policy, the latest step in the Trump administration's effort to encourage race-neutral admissions practices. The Justice Department said in a court filing Thursday that the school has failed to demonstrate that it does not discriminate on the basis of race. The department's "statement of interest" was in a case filed in 2014 by Students For Fair Admission, which argues that one of the world's most prestigious universities discriminates against academically strong Asian-American applicants. Harvard didn't immediately respond to a request for comment, but the school has disputed the claims in previous filings. President Donald Trump is claiming big wins for his party and himself after candidates he endorsed won their respective GOP primary races in Florida and Arizona. (Published 49 minutes ago) The Supreme Court … [Read more...] about Trump Administration Backs Asian-Americans in Harvard Admissions Case