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Boston Bar Association President's Statement on Fisher

Statement of Boston Bar Association President J.D. Smeallie on the Supreme Court Decision in Fisher v. University of Texas et al.

"We are encouraged by today's ruling in Fisher v. University of Texas et al., in which the Supreme Court, in a 7 to 1 ruling, endorsed the principles established in Grutter v. Bollinger while determining that the Fifth Circuit failed to correctly apply strict scrutiny standards to the University of Texas's admissions process. Grutter permits consideration of race in admissions policies.

Last August, the Boston Bar Association and more than 30 signatories united by a shared commitment to advancing diversity in the legal profession filed an amicus brief in Fisher, urging the Supreme Court to declare in the affirmative that the court's previous decisions – including Grutter v. Bollinger – permit the University of Texas's use of race in undergraduate admissions decisions."

The Boston Bar Association traces its origins to meetings convened by John Adams, who provided pro bono representation to the British soldiers prosecuted for the Boston Massacre and went on to become the nation’s second president. Its mission is to advance the highest standards of excellence for the legal profession, facilitate access to justice, serve the community at large and promote diversity and inclusion.