University’s supplemental brief filed in Fisher case

Sarah White

On Friday, UT filed it’s most recent legal brief in the Fisher v. University of Texas case. 

The case was filed in 2008 by Abigail Fisher, a denied UT applicant, who claimed that the University’s admission policy violated her right to equal protection because the policy considered race as an admission factor. The case was heard by the U.S. Supreme Court in October 2012. In a 7-1 decision this summer, the court sent the case back down to the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, ruling that the lower court did not apply strict scrutiny to UT’s admissions policy.

The Supplemental Brief for Appellees, submitted to the Fifth Circuit Court, detailed the University’s arguments and response to the supplemental brief filed by Fisher and her attorneys on Oct. 4. The court issued an order for supplemental briefing by both parties on Sept. 12.

UT argued in the brief that Fisher has not yet shown, “any cognizable or redressable injury caused by UT’s consideration of race” and that UT’s admission policy is “narrowly tailored to [the University’s] educational objectives.”

Oral arguments for the case are set to begin Nov. 13.