On June 23, 2016, in Fisher v. University of Texas et al., (“Fisher II”), the United States Supreme Court voted 4-3 to uphold the limited use of race in college and university admissions.  The result was somewhat surprising given that Justice Anthony Kennedy, writing for the majority, had never before voted to uphold a race-based…

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Number 35: Title IX: We’ve Come a Long Way, Baby For starters, you can’t refer to employees in the workplace as “baby” anymore. And for that, we can thank the enactment of a Title VII and Title IX. We’ve covered the enactment of Title VII here. 

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Category: Higher Education,

On April 22, 2014, in Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action et al. (No. 12–682), the Supreme Court upheld a Michigan law that bans public colleges and universities, community colleges and school districts from offering preferential treatment to any individual based on their race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin in the context of…

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Category: Higher Education,

Today, an administrative judge at the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) found that student athletes on Northwestern University’s football team who receive a scholarship are employees of the university and therefore eligible to form a union.  The decision, while not the decision of the full NLRB, is a major departure from NLRB precedent and one…

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Category: Higher Education, NLRB,

 The Ninth Circuit, in Demers v. Austin, 729 F.3d 1011 (9th Cir. 2013), has boldly gone — where other federal circuit courts have heretofore been reluctant to venture — in declaring that applying Garcetti to academic speech would conflict with the First Amendment.  This unequivocal decision paves the way to potential Supreme Court review of the question…

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