New study urges consideration of race in college admissions

The use of standardized tests in college admissions has created much controversy in recent years.  Do test scores predict college success? Are the tests fair to minorities and poor applicants?  Are applicants, whose parents did not attend college, at a disadvantage?  Some schools have … Continue reading

Time to set aside government race-based set-aside contracts

PLF attorneys filed a brief in the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit this week in Rothe Development, Inc. v. United States Department of Defense. In their brief, attorneys for PLF argue that the racial … Continue reading

Are neighborhoods becoming more integrated?

According to a new law review article, residential segregation has declined sharply over the last five decades. The article observes that “in 1970, 80% of African Americans would have had to switch neighborhoods for blacks to be spread evenly across the typical metropolitan area. … Continue reading

Meet three fine fellows on Courting Liberty

PLF’s College of Public Interest Law (CPIL) welcomes its Class of 2015 — Julio Colomba, Ray Nhan, and Caleb Trotter. In this podcast, hosted by PLF Chief Communications Officer Bob Krauter, these recent law school graduates discuss their background, their … Continue reading

Inclusive yoga class excludes white people

A yoga class recently sparked controversy in Seattle. Rainier Beach Yoga started offering a monthly class for people of color only. The advertisement for the class stated that “white friends, allies and partners are respectfully asked not to attend.” Rainier Beach … Continue reading

Universities hide their use of race in admissions

No university that uses racial preferences in its admissions process seriously questions whether racial preferences are beneficial — or whether the undeniable costs of its policy outweigh the benefits. Moreover, these discriminating universities refuse to heed the Supreme Court’s repeated command that racial preferences … Continue reading

Fisher: Is the Roberts Court playing the long game?

This week marks the start of another exciting Supreme Court term. One of the biggest cases this year is Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, now at the Court for the second time. Two years ago, the Supreme Court held … Continue reading

Will Cincinnati award contracts based on race?

  Last year the City of Cincinnati agreed to pay a California-based company about $1 million to analyze city contracts for evidence of discrimination. The disparity study, which was actually completed in July, was finally released to the public this … Continue reading

Is the University of Texas engaging in unconstitutional racial balancing?

In Grutter v. Bollinger, the Supreme Court permitted the consideration of race in college admissions for a limited purpose of securing the benefits of a diverse student body. The Court reasoned that a diverse student body helps prepare students for “an increasingly diverse … Continue reading