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This issue – affirmative action in higher education – is an issue of enormous significance for the country. So I don't for a second treat this as just another conversation about an important legal question. I think this is one of those issues that define the country.

I'll tell you what I did as President of the University of Michigan, and in the course of that I'll try to explain the ways in which we formulated the cases that went to the Supreme Court and resulted in very important clarifications to the Fourteenth Amendment and affirmative action. Then I want to close with a few comments about the current case before the Supreme Court and how I think this issue, at this time, will require somewhat different thinking than in the past.


Civil Rights and Discrimination | Education Law | Law