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Counsel Press Assists the Prevailing Party in a High-Profile Affirmative Action Case – Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin

In Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, a major appeal of the university’s use of race in undergraduate admissions, Abigail Fischer was represented by Wiley Rein LLP in Washington D.C. Counsel Press handled all aspects of the appellate document production for Wiley Rein and their client at both the petition stage and on the merits in this case, including filing and service of numerous amicus briefs.

On June 24, 2013, in the case of Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, the Supreme Court ruled by a 7-1 margin that race may not be considered in college admissions unless the program can withstand strict legal scrutiny. The case did not challenge the Court’s previous determination that there is a compelling government interest in diversity. The decision explained that “strict scrutiny imposes on the university the ultimate burden of demonstrating, before turning to racial classifications, that available, workable race-neutral alternatives do not suffice.” The case was remanded to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit for consideration of whether the university’s program can meet strict scrutiny.

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