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Abigail Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, et al.

Abigail Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, et al.

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Concerned challenging UT Austin's admission plan. The amicus brief was for respondent UT Austin, arguing for the Court to uphold UT Austin’s admission plan and prior Court opinions holding the educational benefits of diversity are a compelling interest permitting colleges and universities to use in narrowly-tailored individualized review of applicants.
Concerned challenging UT Austin's admission plan. The amicus brief was for respondent UT Austin, arguing for the Court to uphold UT Austin’s admission plan and prior Court opinions holding the educational benefits of diversity are a compelling interest permitting colleges and universities to use in narrowly-tailored individualized review of applicants.

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No. 11-345
 In the Supreme Court of the United States
 A 
BIGAIL
N
OEL
F
ISHER
,
etitioner
,v.U
NIVERSITY OF
T
EXASAT
 A 
USTIN
,
ETAL
.,
espondents
.
On Writ of Certiorari tothe United States Court ofAppealsfor the Fifth CircuitBRIEF OF NATIONALWOMEN’S LAW CENTER,ETAL.,AS
AMICI CURIAE 
IN SUPPORT OFRESPONDENTS
M
 ARCIA 
D. G
REENBERGER
E
MILY 
J.M
 ARTIN
F
 ATIMA 
G
OSS
G
RAVES
N
EENA 
K. C
HAUDHRY 
National Women’s LawCenter11 Dupont Circle, NW,Suite 800 Washington, DC 20036 (202) 588-5180 
 A 
NDREW
J. P
INCUS
Counsel of Record
R
ICHARD
B. K 
 ATSKEE
Mayer Brown LLP 1999 K Street, NW Washington, DC 20006 (202) 263-3000 
apincus@mayerbrown.com
Counsel for
Amici Curiae
 
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TABLE OF CONTENTSPage
TABLE OF AUTHORITIES......................................iiiINTEREST OF THE
AMICI CURIAE 
.......................1SUMMARY OFARGUMENT.....................................3 ARGUMENT ...............................................................5 An Educational Environment That BringsTogether Individuals From DiverseBackgrounds—And Thereby Dispels Race-and Sex-Based Stereotypes—Is EssentialTo EnableAll Students To ParticipateEffectively In Government, Civil Society, And The Business Community..............................5 A. Diversity InAState University’sStudent Body Promotes The CompellingState Interests In EducationalExcellence, Effective GovernmentAndCivic Organizations, And EconomicCompetitiveness. ..............................................71. Diversity improves the quality of education. ....................................................72. Diversity is essential for preparingstudents both to lead and toparticipate in our nation’sgovernment and communityorganizations...............................................93. Diversity in education enhances thenation’s economic well-being.....................13B. The Persistent Effects Of StereotypesImpoverish Our Educational, Political, And Social Institutions...................................16
 
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TABLE OF CONTENTS—continuedPage
1. The histories of race- and sex-stereotyping in higher education areclosely intertwined....................................172. These stereotypes still bear heavilyon the perceptions and self-perceptions of women of color. ..................203. These stereotypical views continueto affect the fields of study selectedby women of color. .....................................24C. Assessing Diversity On The ProgramLevel—And Not Simply By University-Wide “Raw Numbers”—Is Essential To Achieving The Benefits of Diversity...............28CONCLUSION..........................................................34 APPENDIX: Descriptions Of The
Amici Curiae
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