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Supreme Court Rally & Reactions

On October 10, 1012, NBLSA joined with community and social activists, students and concerned citizens at the Supreme Court of the United States to answer the national call to rally for diversity.

On the day the Supreme Court Justices heard oral arguments in the landmark case of Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, members of NBLSA stood up both at the Supreme Court and in solidarity around the country to defend the compelling interest of diversity in higher education. In the Fisher case, the Court must decide whether it is constitutional for the admissions program at the University of Texas to consider race as one factor, among many, in attempting to create a diverse educational experience for its students.

Inside the court, several NBLSA leaders listened to the oral arguments while outside, NBLSA, along with
a group of advocacy organizations that included the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights,
the NAACP, the National Action Network and the ACLU, had their voices reverberate throughout the court
in support of the school's policy. The rally was an amazing display of support from individuals of diverse
races, backgrounds, and ages.

Below are some accounts from NBLSA members that were present at the court for this historic occasion:

"The diverse representation shown by supporters speaks to the importance of diversity in higher
education. NBLSA understands the value of diversity and an enhanced classroom dialogue inclusive of
varied ideas and viewpoints. It was imperative we act in support of the school's policy and ensure the
voice of our membership was heard."

Kendra Brown, NBLSA Chair, The George Washington University Law School

"Sitting in on the oral arguments in Fisher v. Texas was an incredible experience. After the awe of watching the Supreme Court Justices in action wore off, I was left with a very strong conviction that our society has a very long way to go in terms of ensuring equal access to higher education for all. A number of the Justices asked how we will know when we have achieved a "critical mass" and neither of the attorneys for either side were really comfortable defining that goal. Frankly, I'm not comfortable defining that goal either but I know that we have not achieved it yet."

Victoria Walker, NBLSA Mid-Atlantic Chair, George Mason University School of Law

In an Amicus Curiae brief submitted to the U.S. Supreme Court in August, NBLSA argued that society as a whole is benefited from race-conscious admissions.

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