The U.S. Supreme Court is upholding a Michigan law that bans Affirmative Action in college admissions.
So what does this mean here in Texas?
Legal scholars such as Gerald Treece at the South Texas College of Law believe the Michigan ruling essentially puts an end to the Fisher v. UT admissions case still lingering in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.
“If citizens have the ability to amend a constitution and eliminate all Affirmative Action, then its a small leap to say state universities also should not be able to use race as a factor,” Treece tells KTRH News.
“I think the issue is pretty much resolved now, I think we saw this coming for 20 years, that when Affirmative Action in this country would no longer have judicial protection,” he says.
However, Treece adds there was some conflicting language in the ruling because this was about a voter-approved amendment in Michigan, not what a specific school was doing.
“We're talking about the power of citizen initiatives where voters get together and change the constitution of the state,” he says.
“But the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has an additional argument that the Supreme Court has already shown her cards when it comes to what Affirmative Action or race is all about in this country,” Treece added.