Tomorrow's case may put an end to the policy at U.S. universities. But its personal impact on the careers of several of the justices could hardly be more pronounced.
We'll have some good stuff up on the site over the next few days focusing on the affirmative action case being argued tomorrow before the United States Supreme Court. And there is a ton of 1) smart work, 2) already posted, 3) online, 4) elsewhere for those of you who are particularly interested in the case, the cause, and the political and legal dynamics going into the argument. Garrett Epps, our resident professor, will offer his assessment of the oral argument later this week, and I'll eventually chime in when the ruling comes down, likely sometime in January.
But I wanted to post a short piece today to say that I find it altogether fitting that the case, Fisher v. University of Texas, comes out of the Lone Star State. It is fitting because this really does figure to be the last stand -- the Alamo, you might say -- for affirmative action in the academic context. No matter how hard good folks have worked to argue otherwise, no matter how many amicus briefs have been filed, I do not see five votes to sustain the university's policy here. Instead, I see five strident votes to do away with that policy -- and others around the country.