UVA Law School Panel Discusses Affirmative Action Cases and Their Implications

November 29, 2022 by

UVA Law School in the fallUVA Law School hosted a panel discussion on Thursday, November 10, 2022 to discuss the future of affirmative action after the pending Supreme Court cases reviewing lawsuits against Harvard University and the University of North Carolina are argued. Panelists discussed the current law on affirmative action and race in K-12 education, the issues in the current cases before the court, and the potential implications of various ways the court might decide those cases. The group examined questions like what it it would mean if the court bans all consideration of race in college admissions, K-12 education and in other contexts.

Panelists included:

  • Scott Ballenger, Assistant Professor of Law, General Faculty and Director, Appellate Litigation Clinic
  • Kim Forde-Mazrui, Mortimer M. Caplin Professor of Law and Director, Center for the Study of Race and Law
  • Kimberly J. Robinson, Professor of Law; Education, School of Education and Human Development and Education; and Public Policy, Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy
  • George Rutherglen, Distinguished Professor of Law and Earle K. Shawe Professor of Employment Law

The event was moderated by UVA Class of 2024 law student, Biruktawit “Birdy” Assefa, who is also the education chair for the Black Law Students Association, an editorial member of the Virginia Law Review, a notes editor for the Virginia Journal of International Law, and a Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Graduate Scholar.

Sponsors included the Center for the Study of Race and Law, the Black Law Students Association, the Latin American Law Organization and Women of Color.

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