U-M leaders will update campus on admissions lawsuits
U-M leaders and legal counsel will present an update on the status
of two lawsuits that have been filed over University admissions
practices from 46 p.m. Sept. 18 in the Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre,
The lawsuits, Gratz v. Bollinger, et.al. (regarding undergraduate
admissions in LS&A) and Grutter v. Bollinger, et.al. (regarding
Law School admissions) challenge the consideration of race as one
of many factors employed to create a diverse learning environment.
Important developments have occurred during the 2002 summertime
hiatus. The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued a decision
in May supporting the Universitys Law School admissions policies
in the Grutter case. The Center for Individual Rights (CIR), which
filed the two lawsuits in fall 1997, has appealed that decision
to the U.S. Supreme Court. The Universitys response to CIRs
petition will be filed with the Supreme Court shortly. The case
involving undergraduate admissions was decided in the Universitys
favor on summary judgment in federal district court in Dec. 2000.
The 6th Circuit has heard an appeal but has not yet issued a decision.
During the Sept. 18 event, U-M President Mary Sue Coleman will
discuss her views on affirmative action and the Universitys
commitment to a diverse campus. Marvin Krislov, vice president and
general counsel, will moderate two panels in a discussion of developments
that have taken place in these cases during the summer months.
Panelists also will provide information on the philosophy behind
the Universitys admissions practices, the history of the lawsuits
and the legal landscape for affirmative action across the country.
The program will follow a question-and-answer format, and audience
members will have an opportunity to ask questions at the end.
Panelists are: Paul N. Courant, interim provost and executive
vice president for academic affairs; Jeffrey S. Lehman, Law School
dean; Saul A. Green, president, U-M Alumni Association, and senior
counsel with Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone; Monique Luse,
president of the student government in LS&A; John Payton, attorney
with Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering and a member of the
U-M legal team; Maureen Mahoney, attorney with Latham & Watkins
and a member of the U-M legal team; and Ted Shaw, associate director
and counsel for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and attorney for the
intervenors in Gratz v. Bollinger.
The program is free and open to the public. It also will be broadcast
live on the Web at www.umich.edu
and on UMTV, available on the campus cable TV system and locally
in Ann Arbor on Comcast Channel 22. Rebroadcasts of the event will
be presented on Michigan Radio (WUOM, 91.7 FM; WFUM, 91.1 FM; WVGR,
104.1 FM) on Sept. 19 at 8 p.m.; and on UMTV Sept. 20 at 8 p.m.,
Sept. 22 at 6 p.m., Sept. 24 at 8 p.m., Sept. 26 at 6:30 p.m., Sept.
30 at 7 p.m., and Oct. 2 at 8 p.m. The webcast will be archived
and available for viewing at http://www.umich.edu/~urel/admissions/faqs/.
Additional information about the lawsuits is available online
Contact Deborah Greene at firstname.lastname@example.org
for further details about the Sept. 18 event.