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On September 10, 2019, The Federalist Society hosted a luncheon cosponsored with the Center for Equal Opportunity (CEO). CEO released and presented a new study and report entitled “Race and Ethnicity in Undergraduate Admissions at Five Virginia Universities," which examined how admissions programs at five Virginia public universities (University of Virginia, College of William & Mary, Virginia Tech, James Madison University, and George Mason University) preference certain applicants based on race. The results of the study and its implications for the broader academic discussion of racial preferences in college admissions were discussed by the panelists.


  • Todd Gaziano, Chief of Legal Policy and Strategic Research and Director, Center for the Separation of Powers, Pacific Legal Foundation
  • Althea Nagai, Research Fellow, Center for Equal Opportunity
  • Theodore M. Shaw, Julius L. Chambers Distinguished Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Civil Rights, University of North Carolina School of Law
  • Hans A. von Spakovsky, Senior Legal Fellow, The Heritage Foundation
  • Moderator: Linda Chavez, Chairman, Center for Equal Opportunity
  • Introduction: Will Hild, Deputy Director, Article I Initiative | Deputy Director, Regulatory Transparency Project, The Federalist Society

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