Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Appeals court hears arguments on UT’s use of race in admissions
By Ralph K.M. Haurwitz Tuesday, August 3, 2010, 11:46 AM

NEW ORLEANS — Three federal appeals court judges gave no clear signal today of how they might rule in a case challenging the University of Texas’ consideration of race and ethnicity in undergraduate admissions.
The judges, with the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, heard oral arguments in New Orleans by lawyers defending UT’s practice and a lawyer contesting it on behalf of two white students who were denied admission.
The three-judge panel is not expected to rule for several months. UT’s policy was upheld last year at the trial court level by Judge Sam Sparks of Austin.
“I thought the court was very well-informed on the case,” said UT President William Powers Jr., who attended the proceeding. “We stand by our case. We’ve got a good program.”

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