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Students for Fair Admissions Inc. v. President & Fellows of Harvard College

Consolidated with:

Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
20-1199 1st Cir. TBD TBD TBD TBD OT 2022

Issues: (1) Whether the Supreme Court should overrule Grutter v. Bollinger and hold that institutions of higher education cannot use race as a factor in admissions; and (2) whether Harvard College is violating Title VI of the Civil Rights Act by penalizing Asian American applicants, engaging in racial balancing, overemphasizing race and rejecting workable race-neutral alternatives.

DateProceedings and Orders (key to color coding)
Feb 25 2021Petition for a writ of certiorari filed. (Response due March 31, 2021)
Mar 03 2021Motion to extend the time to file a response from March 31, 2021 to May 17, 2021, submitted to The Clerk.
Mar 04 2021Motion to extend the time to file a response is granted and the time is extended to and including May 17, 2021.
Mar 23 2021Brief amici curiae of Gail Heriot and Peter N. Kirsanow filed.
Mar 25 2021Brief amicus curiae of Southeastern Legal Foundation filed.
Mar 25 2021Brief amicus curiae of Professor David E. Bernstein filed.
Mar 26 2021Brief amicus curiae of Economists in Support of Petitioner filed.
Mar 29 2021Brief amicus curiae of National Association of Scholars filed.
Mar 30 2021Brief amicus curiae of Speech First filed.
Mar 30 2021Brief amicus curiae of Texas filed.
Mar 30 2021Brief amici curiae of Pacific Legal Foundation, Reason Foundation, Center for Equal Opportunity, Individual Rights Foundation, Chinese American Citizens Alliance - Greater New York, Coalition for TJ, and Yi Fang Chen filed.
Mar 31 2021Brief amicus curiae of Jewish Coalition for Religious Liberty filed.
Mar 31 2021Brief amicus curiae of Hamilton Lincoln Law Institute filed.
Mar 31 2021Brief amici curiae of The Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law and the Silicon Valley Chinese Association Foundation filed.
Mar 31 2021Brief amicus curiae of Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence filed.
Mar 31 2021Brief amicus curiae of Former Attorney General Edwin Meese III filed.
Mar 31 2021Brief amici curiae of State of Oklahoma, et al. filed.
Mar 31 2021Brief amici curiae of Judicial Watch, Inc. and Allied Educational Foundation filed.
Mar 31 2021Brief amicus curiae of Richard Sander in support of neither filed.
Mar 31 2021Brief amici curiae of The Asian American Coalition For Education and The Asian American Legal Foundation filed.
Mar 31 2021Brief amicus curiae of The Californians for Equal Rights Foundation filed.
Mar 31 2021Brief amicus curiae of Former Federal Officials of the Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights filed.
Mar 31 2021Brief amicus curiae of The Liberty Justice Center filed.
May 17 2021Brief of respondent President and Fellows of Harvard College in opposition filed.
May 19 2021Letter waiving the 14-day waiting period for the filing of a reply pursuant to Rule 15.5 filed.
May 24 2021Reply of petitioner Students for Fair Admissions, Inc. filed. (Distributed)
May 25 2021DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 6/10/2021.
Jun 14 2021The Acting Solicitor General is invited to file a brief in this case expressing the views of the United States.
Dec 08 2021Amicus brief of United States not accepted for filing. (December 09, 2021 - to be corrected and reprinted)
Dec 08 2021Brief amicus curiae of United States filed.
Dec 21 2021Supplemental brief of respondent President and Fellows of Harvard College filed. (Distributed)
Dec 22 2021DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 1/7/2022.
Dec 22 2021Supplemental brief of petitioner Students for Fair Admissions, Inc. filed. (Distributed)
Jan 10 2022DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 1/14/2022.
Jan 18 2022DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 1/21/2022.
Jan 24 2022Petition GRANTED. The petition for a writ of certiorari in No. 21-707 is granted. The cases are consolidated, and a total of one hour is allotted for oral argument. VIDED.
Jan 24 2022Because the Court has consolidated these cases for briefing and oral argument, future filings and activity in the cases will now be reflected on the docket of No. 20-1199. Subsequent filings in these cases must therefore be submitted through the electronic filing system in No. 20-1199. Each document submitted in connection with one or more of these cases must include on its cover the case number and caption for each case in which the filing is intended to be submitted. Where a filing is submitted in fewer than all of the cases, the docket entry will reflect the case number(s) in which the filing is submitted; a document filed in all of the consolidated cases will be noted as “VIDED.”
Feb 02 2022Joint motion for an extension of time to file the briefs on the merits filed. VIDED.
Feb 02 2022Application (21A393) of petitioner to file consolidated opening and reply briefs on the merits in excess of the word limits, submitted to The Chief Justice. VIDED.
Feb 04 2022Joint motion to extend the time to file the briefs on the merits granted. The time to file the joint appendix and petitioner's brief on the merits is extended to and including May 2, 2022. The time to file respondents' briefs on the merits is extended to and including July 25, 2022. VIDED.
Feb 07 2022Notice of Change of Address of Speech First not accepted for filing. (February 15, 2022)
Feb 08 2022Application (21A393) of petitioner to file consolidated opening and reply briefs on the merits in excess of the word limits granted by The Chief Justice. VIDED.
Mar 25 2022Blanket Consent filed by Petitioner, Students for Fair Admissions, Inc.
Mar 25 2022Blanket Consent filed (in 21-707) by Respondent, Cecilia Polanco, et al.
Mar 28 2022Blanket Consent filed by Respondent, President and Fellows of Harvard College
Mar 31 2022Blanket Consent filed by Respondent, The University of North Carolina, et al.
May 02 2022Brief of petitioner Students for Fair Admissions, Inc. filed. VIDED.
May 02 2022Joint appendix (4 Volumes) filed (as to 20-1199).
May 02 2022Motion for leave to file Volume IV of the joint appendix under seal filed by respondents Cecilia Polanco, et al. (as to 21-707).
May 02 2022Proposal of petitioner to lodge declarations of SFFA President and identified members recently denied admission to Harvard and UNC filed. VIDED.
May 02 2022Joint appendix (3 volumes) filed. (in 21-707)
May 03 2022Brief amici curiae of The Liberty Justice Center and Momoko Takahashi filed. VIDED.
May 03 2022Brief amicus curiae of Professor David E. Bernstein filed. VIDED.
May 04 2022Brief amicus curiae of Southeastern Legal Foundation filed (in 20-1199).
May 05 2022Brief amicus curiae of Professor Fiona A. Harrison in Support of Neither Party filed.
May 05 2022Brief amicus curiae of The Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law and the Silicon Valley Chinese Association Foundation filed. VIDED.
May 05 2022Brief amici curiae of Pacific Legal Foundation, et al. filed. VIDED.
May 06 2022Brief amicus curiae of Speech First filed. VIDED.
May 06 2022Brief amicus curiae of LONANG Institute filed. VIDED.
May 06 2022Brief amicus curiae of National Association of Scholars filed. VIDED.
May 06 2022Brief amici curiae of Former Federal Officials of the Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights filed. VIDED.
May 09 2022Brief amici curiae of Judicial Watch, Inc. and Allied Educational Foundation filed. VIDED.
May 09 2022Brief amici curiae of Economists in Support of Petitioner filed. VIDED.
May 09 2022Brief amici curiae of Hamilton Lincoln Law Institute filed. VIDED.
May 09 2022Brief amicus curiae of Veterans for Fairness and Merit filed. VIDED.
May 09 2022Brief amici curiae of American Center for Law & Justice and Devon Westhill filed. VIDED.
May 09 2022Brief amici curiae of United States Senators and Representatives filed. VIDED.
May 09 2022Brief amicus curiae of The Californians for Equal Rights Foundation filed. VIDED.
May 09 2022Brief amici curiae of Oklahoma, et al. filed. VIDED.
May 09 2022Brief amicus curiae of America First Legal Foundation in support of neither party filed.
May 09 2022Brief amicus curiae of Project 21 filed. VIDED.
May 09 2022Brief amicus curiae of Jewish Coalition for Religious Liberty in support of neither party filed.
May 09 2022Brief amicus curiae of Defense of Freedom Institute for Policy Studies filed. VIDED.
May 09 2022Brief amici curiae of Mark Keith Robinson and Winsome Earle-Sears filed. VIDED.
May 09 2022Brief amici curiae of Gail Heriot, et al. filed. VIDED.
May 09 2022Brief amicus curiae of Claremont Institutes Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence filed.VIDED
May 09 2022Brief amicus curiae of Former Attorney General Edwin Meese III filed. VIDED.
May 09 2022Brief amicus curiae of Legal Insurrection Foundation filed. VIDED.
May 09 2022Brief amicus curiae of The State of Texas filed. VIDED.
May 09 2022Brief amici curiae of The Asian American Coalition For Education and The Asian American Legal Foundation filed. VIDED.
May 09 2022Brief amicus curiae of Foundation Against Intolerance & Racism filed.
May 09 2022Brief amicus curiae of Freedom X filed. VIDED.
May 09 2022Brief amicus curiae of Richard Sander filed. VIDED.
May 09 2022Brief amici curiae of Ann M. Killenbeck, et al. filed. VIDED.
May 09 2022Brief amicus curiae of Parents Defending Education filed. VIDED.
Jun 13 2022Motion of respondents Cecilia Polanco, et al. for leave to file Volume IV of the joint appendix in No. 21-707 under seal GRANTED.