In a few weeks the nine Justices will return from their summer recess and hold their first conference of the term (known as the "long conference" because the Justices must plough through the backlog of cert. petitions filed during their summer vacation). Shortly thereafter the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, the highly anticipated affirmative-action case in which the Justices will decide whether the University of Texas's use of racial preferences in its undergraduate admissions process offends the Equal Protection Clause of the Constitution. Earlier this year, three of the nation's leading jurists heard oral arguments over the case delivered by four students as part of a moot court competition hosted by the Yale Law School.
Here is the press release followed by a video of the oral arguments:
Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, the Honorable Judge Diane Wood of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, and the Honorable Judge Brett Kavanaugh ’90 of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit heard the case, Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin as four Yale Law School students competed in the Thurman Arnold Prize Finals of the Morris Tyler Moot Court of Appeals.
Pete Huffman ’12 and Kasdin E. Miller ’12 argued for the petitioner. Allyson Bennett ’13 and Connor S. Sullivan ’13 represented the respondent.
You can read more at: law.yale.edu/news/15238.htm.