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ADL Files First Circuit Amicus Brief in Support of Harvard College's Admissions Policies

News releases | May 21, 2020

Fried Frank served as counsel to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) in its filing of an amicus brief urging the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit to uphold Harvard College’s admissions policies. The amicus brief draws on ADL's experience in a variety of education-related settings to demonstrate that exposure to a diverse academic community serves critical societal needs. 
The ADL’s amicus brief supports Harvard’s argument that the university has a compelling interest in pursuing the benefits of student body diversity, and rejects the Students for Fair Admissions’ argument that Harvard’s past discriminatory admissions practices—which were designed to decrease Jewish enrollment—are comparable to its practices today. To read further on this matter, click here for the ADL’s press release and here for the amicus brief.
The Fried Frank co-authors are litigation partner Samuel P. Groner and litigation associate Harrison D. Polans.  Mr. Groner also co-authored ADL’s amicus brief in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, the most recent Supreme Court case ruling on the constitutionality of a university’s affirmative action plan.

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