Coalition of Bar Associations of Color United in Support of the Use of Diversity in Admission Programs in Higher Education
Files Joint Brief at U.S. Supreme Court in Fisher v. University of Texas
WASHINGTON – The Coalition of Bar Associations of Color (CBAC)–the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA), the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA), the National Bar Association (NBA) and the National Native American Bar Association (NNABA) – will file a joint amicus curiae brief with the U.S. Supreme Court today in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin. The Court will review the constitutionality of the race conscious admissions program used to admit the freshman class at the University of Texas at Austin. With oral arguments scheduled for October 10th, the four organizations recognized the significance of all four communities of color standing together in support of race-conscious admission policies in order to promote diversity in the legal profession. The brief discusses the unique perspectives of the communities each bar association represents, and highlights the importance of ensuring access to institutions of higher education, in order to preserve a diverse pipeline for our multicultural society and ultimately advance CBAC’s shared commitment to diversity in the legal profession.
“The National Bar Association is proud to stand with our CBAC partners in making yet again the strong argument, that now is not the time to turn back the clock or efforts on diversity in the U.S.,” NBA President John Page said. “Over the past decade, we have taken significant strides forward but we know that our collective work to achieve a diverse and inclusive society is far from over. The Court as before should uphold the applaudable and critical efforts of any and all institutions of higher education in their continuing mission to reflect society and its diversity within their environment and not jeopardize the progress made and sought by law schools and the legal community to simply reflect the rich diversity that makes this nation great.”
"The Hispanic National Bar Association believes that there is a compelling governmental interest in achieving diversity in higher education and supports upholding the use of race-conscious admissions programs in education," said HNBA National President Benny Agosto. "For that reason we join our partner bar associations of color in the Coalition of Bar Associations of Color in filing a joint brief in the Fisher vs. University of Texas case," added Mr. Agosto.
“The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association recognizes that like other groups, Asian Pacific Americans have endured a long history of racial discrimination and continue to face barriers to equal opportunity,” said Nimesh M. Patel, president of NAPABA. “Asian Pacific
“The National Native American Bar Association believes that the pipelines for students of color to higher education and beyond cannot be removed now,” shared NNABA President Patty Ferguson-Bohnee. “Race conscious admissions programs not only open doors for students of color they also ensure a richer and intellectually diverse classroom experience for all students.”