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HNBA Files Amicus Brief in U.S. Supreme Court in Support of Effective Diversity Measures in College and Law School Admissions Programs
WASHINGTON, DC -- The Hispanic National Bar Association, in conjunction with the National Bar Association, the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, and the National Native American Bar Association, filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in the rehearing of Fisher v. University of Texas (“Fisher II”), urging the Court to uphold the ability of college admissions programs to use race-conscious measures to achieve student diversity. The Supreme Court had previously remanded the case back to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals with instructions to apply a standard of strict scrutiny to the University of Texas’ race-conscious admissions program. The brief argues that race-conscious programs like the one at the University of Texas promote a necessary and compelling governmental interest, and serve as a pipeline for greater minority participation in law schools and in the legal profession.
“Despite efforts that have been made to improve equal access and opportunity in colleges and law schools of our nation, the simple fact is that we still do not have a level playing field, and there is much left for us to do.” said HNBA President Robert T. Maldonado. “The Hispanic National Bar Association is proud to join our partner bar associations of color to reaffirm the decades of Supreme Court precedent deeming collegiate diversity a compelling national interest. College admissions programs that take race into account, among a number of other factors, fit the parameters the Court has laid out in previous decisions, and work to create a diverse and inclusive student body that is beneficial to everyone. It is essential for college campuses to reflect the diversity of our nation to prepare our students for success in the real world.”
About the Hispanic National Bar Association
The Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) is an incorporated, not-for-profit, national membership association that represents the interests of Hispanic attorneys, judges, law professors, legal assistants, law students, and legal professionals in the United States and its territories. Since 1972, the HNBA has acted as a force for positive change within the legal profession by creating opportunities for Hispanic lawyers and by helping generations of lawyers to succeed. The HNBA has also effectively advocated on issues of importance to the national Hispanic community. While we are proud of our accomplishments, we are mindful that our mission is as vital today as it was four decades ago, especially as the U.S. Hispanic population continues to grow.