Monday, October 8, 2012

An Overview of Fisher v. University of Texas

Thomas R. McCarthy
Partner, Wiley Rein LLP

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear argument in Fisher v. University of Texas this week, October 10, 2012. The case, brought by undergraduate Abigail Fisher in 2008, asks that the court either declare the admissions policy of the University inconsistent with, or entirely overrule Grutter v. Bollinger, a 2003 case in which the Supreme Court ruled that race could play a limited role in the admissions policies of universities. An overruling of Grutter could end affirmative action policies in admissions at U.S. public universities.

Thomas R. McCarthy, a partner at Wiley Rein LLP in Washington DC, represents the plaintiff Abigail Fisher in this pending case. In addition to his extensive federal trial and appellate practice, he is co-director of the Supreme Court Clinic at the George Mason University School of Law. Mr. McCarthy previously served as a Law Clerk for the Honorable David B. Sentelle, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (2002-2003)

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Thursday October 18, 2012 • 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
The Houston Club • 811 Rusk
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