On Tuesday, October 15, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action. The case stems from a November 2006 election in which a majority of Michigan voters supported a proposition to amend the state constitution to prohibit “all sex- and race-based preferences in public education, public employment, and public contracting.” The day after the proposition passed, a collection of interest groups and individuals formed the Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, Integration and Immigration Rights and Fight for Equality by Any Means Necessary (Coalition). The Coalition sued the governor and the regents and boards of trustees of three state universities in district court, arguing that the proposition as it related to public education violated the Equal Protection Clause of the United States Constitution. Jennifer Gratz, founder and CEO of the XIV Foundation and the lead plaintiff in the affirmative action case Gratz v. Bollinger, and Robert Driscoll, Friedlander Misler PLLC, attended the oral arguments and offered their impressions to a Teleforum audience.
- Ms. Jennifer Gratz, Founder and CEO, XIV Foundation
- Mr. Robert Driscoll, Partner, Friedlander Misler, PLLC
- Moderator: Mr. Dean A. Reuter, Vice President and Director of Practice Groups, The Federalist Society