Project and Case Single Example

Students for Fair Admissions, Inc. v. Presidents and Fellows of Harvard College
Case Particulars

Supreme Court of the United States


March 1, 2020




On Appeal: oral arguments heard, decision pending.

Case Overview

A nonprofit representing Asian-American students sued Harvard for discriminating against Asians in admissions decisions. The case has exposed the dirty little secret of higher-education admissions: achieving a desired “diverse” racial mix means discriminating against Asian applicants. Now before the Supreme Court, the case challenges the high court’s holding in Grutter v. Bollinger, 539 U.S. 306 (2003), in which the Supreme Court held that it does not violate Equal Protection for schools to consider applicants’ race in order to promote “diversity”.

Our Involvement

On August 17, 2022, LIF president William A. Jacobson sent a letter to the Hon. Catherine Lhamon, Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, urging DOE to implement EO 13899 as soon as possible.

Case Documents

Brief amicus curiae of Legal Insurrection May 9th, 2022

Media Coverage

William A. Jacobson, Our SCOTUS Brief: “The Grand Judicial Experiment of Excusing Racial Discrimination in University Admissions … Has Failed”, Legal Insurrection (May 9, 2022).

William A. Jacobson and Johanna E. Markind, Higher ed unites against Asian students in Supreme Court’s Harvard discrimination case, New York Post (August 3, 2022).