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SCOTUS Blog: A Business Perspective: Diversity in University Admissions is a Compelling Interest

October 27, 2022

O’Melveny partner Michael Dreeben and associates Natalie Camastra and Kelly Kambourelis co-authored this article discussing diversity in higher education as it relates to the US Supreme Court cases of Students for Fair Admissions, Inc. v. University of North Carolina and Students for Fair Admissions, Inc. v. President & Fellows of Harvard College. “American businesses cannot foster diverse workforces on their own. They depend on universities to recruit, admit, and train highly qualified, racially and ethnically diverse students to become future employees and business leaders prepared to meet the needs of the modern economy and workforce,” the authors wrote. “If the court were to halt consideration of race and ethnicity in university admissions as part of a holistic review, it would upend practices that have helped businesses meet their diversity interests for generations. And such a reversal of settled law could have repercussions beyond university admissions.” The authors were counsel on an amicus brief supporting UNC and Harvard.

Read the full article here.

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