February 19, 2003
Sean Caine, 410-576-6357
NEW YORK FILE BRIEF IN SUPPORT OF
UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN ADMISSIONS PROGRAMS
Read the brief (PDF)
General J. Joseph Curran, Jr., announced today that Maryland and
New York have filed a brief in the United States Supreme Court on
behalf of 21 States in support of the University of Michigan's admissions
programs. The States argue in the brief that because providing a
high quality education is one of the most important functions of
state government, they must retain the freedom to create strong
educational institutions tailored to the needs of each State and
its citizens. States have learned, through decades of experience,
that a diverse student population enriches the learning environment
for all students and better prepares them to perform at the highest
levels in a heterogenous world.
the Supreme Court's decision in Bakke, it has been almost
universally understood that where achieving a diverse student body
is the goal, an applicants race is as legitimate a consideration
as the person's age, geographic origin, socioeconomic status, and
other attributes that higher education institutions take into account
in making admissions decisions," Attorney General Curran said.
Supreme Court will hear arguments April 1 on the constitutionality
of the use of race as a factor in the Universitys admissions
live in a nation populated by individuals from many different racial
and ethnic cultures. Attending school with people of all backgrounds
helps all of us develop the mutual respect and understanding that
are critical to our future well-being," Curran added.
and New York filed the brief on behalf of the following states:
Arizona, California, Connecticut, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Maine,
Massachusetts, Minnesota, Montana, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon,
Rhode Island, Oklahoma, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin, West Virginia
and the Territory of the Virgin Islands.