Affirmative Action in Higher Education: An Early Sunset?

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Symposium, Co-sponsored by Rutgers Race & and the Law Review, Offers CLE Credits

Newark, NJ, February 15, 2012 – The future of affirmative action in higher education will be discussed by a panel of legal experts and distinguished speakers at the Rutgers Race & the Law Review symposium to be held at Rutgers School of Law–Newark on Thursday, March 1, 2012 from 5:30 – 8:30 pm. CLE credit is available for the symposium, which is co-sponsored by the Institute for Professional Education.

The U.S. Supreme Court has recently been petitioned to hear Fisher v. University of Texas, which portends a dramatic shift in the law. This case may change ― if not eliminate ― affirmative action in higher education as it now exists. This potential shift has practical significance for lawyers, including those who practice in higher education. The discussion by distinguished speakers who have been at the forefront of the issue will include:

  • Practical Considerations of Affirmative Action Cases on Universities and Higher Education
  • Litigation Strategies for Affirmative Action
  • Litigation Strategies Against Affirmative Action

Rutgers Race & the Law Review, established in 1996, is the second journal in the nation to focus on the broad spectrum of multi–cultural issues. It addresses the concerns of people of color and covers various types of political ideologies, philosophies, and religions. Of special interest are treaties, agreements, and laws promulgated among different countries and the impact they have on diverse people.

The Institute for Professional Education offers high-quality, reasonably–priced continuing legal education programs to members of the bar in convenient locations. Pre-registration for “Affirmative Action in Higher Education: An Early Sunset?” is required at The program will provide 2.5 CLE credit hours (NJ and NY) or 2.0 credit hours (PA). Registration is free for those not seeking CLE credit and $75 for those who are.

What:  “Affirmative Action in Higher Education: An Early Sunset?”

Who:  Jonathan Alger, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Rutgers University
Lee C. Bollinger, President, Columbia University (invited)
Roger Clegg, President and General Counsel, Center for Equal Opportunity
Paul L. Tractenberg, Board of Governors Distinguished Service Professor and Alfred C.
Clapp Distinguished Public Service Professor of Law, Rutgers School of Law–Newark
Brandon Paradise, Associate Professor of Law, Rutgers School of Law–Newark, moderator

When: 5:30 – 8:30 pm, Thursday, March 1, 2012

Where: Baker Trial Courtroom, Rutgers School of Law–Newark

Andrew Rossner, Director
t: 973-353-5346