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Supreme Court’s ‘Wrecking Ball’

October 17, 2022

“As Black students in law school, we’re concerned that SCOTUS could dismantle affirmative action at a time when students of color remain at significant disadvantage,” write BLSA Advocacy Co-Chairs Devontae Torriente L’24 and Ty Parks L’24 for The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Devontae Torriente L’24 and Ty Parks L’24 have published “Supreme Court could drop ‘wrecking ball’ on another legal precedent” at The Philadelphia Inquirer. Torriente and Parks are the Advocacy Co-Chairs of the Black Law Students Association at the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School.

From The Philadelphia Inquirer:

Devontae Torriente L'24 Devontae Torriente L’24As Black students in law school — a field that remains one of the least diverse in the country — the role of race in higher-education admissions is never far from our minds. This reality is why we are particularly concerned about the latest Supreme Court term.

In the next few months, the court is set to take another wrecking ball to its legal precedent. This time, the court is poised to undermine its rulings that have helped level the playing field for Black students and other students of color.

Ty Parks L'24 Ty Parks L'24On Oct. 31, the court will hear arguments for two cases that challenge the constitutionality of using affirmative action in the admissions process at colleges and universities. The cases, Students for Fair Admissions v. President and Fellows of Harvard College and Students for Fair Admissions Inc. v. University of North Carolina, could fundamentally reshape the landscape of higher education and limit social mobility for students from marginalized communities.

They could also unravel years of legal precedent…  .

Read the full piece at The Philadelphia Inquirer.