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Supreme Court To Make Crucial Rulings On Race

Publication Date: 
May 08, 2013
USA Today
Richard Wolf

Professor Pam Karlan is quoted by USA Today's Richard Wolf on the topic of two racial discrimination cases currently before the Supreme Court and offered her thoughts on how Justice Kennedy may rule in the cases. 

The Supreme Court may be on the verge of declaring victory in the fight against racial discrimination.

Two cases nearing decisions by the court within weeks threaten to uproot affirmative action programs at the nation's public colleges and universities and weaken a federal statute that guards against discriminatory changes in state and local voting procedures.


"The impulse on the court is to say, 'We have triumphed, and we don't need these things anymore,'" says Pamela Karlan, a professor at Stanford Law School who heads its Supreme Court Litigation Clinic. She disagrees with what she calls that "relatively celebratory narrative."


"Justice Kennedy genuinely does value racial diversity and fairness," Karlan says. "Those are very important values for him."