Supreme Court Grants Cert in Affirmative Action Repeal Case

We recently wrote about Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action and Michigan’s efforts to repeal affirmative-action policies through a constitutional amendment. On March 25, 2013, the Supreme Court granted the state’s petition for writ of certiorari.

According to Lyle Denniston at SCOTUSBlog, the Court will likely hear the case early in the October 2013 term. Because Justice Kagan will not take part in the Schuette decision, an eight-member panel of the Court will decide the fate of Michigan’s affirmative-action repeal. According to Mr. Denniston, it is “conceivable” that the Court will release its opinion in Fisher v. University of Texas, a case that could have a bearing on the Court’s decision in Schuette, this week.