Conference To Convene Supreme Court Affirmative Action Contenders
March 11, 2003--
The University of Virginia School of Law offers a rare opportunity
March 15 for participants in an important and controversial Supreme
Court case to spar in front of a public audience only two weeks
before the case is argued before the court.
v. Bollinger will test the legality of the affirmative action admissions
program at the University of Michigan. The court’s decision
will affect affirmative action at colleges across the nation.
case scrimmage at U.Va. will include Jonathan Alger, assistant general
counsel at the University of Michigan, and Curt Levey, director
of legal and public affairs at the Center for Individual Rights,
the organization that will challenge Michigan’s affirmative
action program before the court.
participants include Richard Banks, associate professor of law at
Stanford University, Roger Pilon, vice president for legal affairs
at the Cato Institute, and Peter Rubin, professor of law at Georgetown
University and president and co-founder of the American Constitution
session will be held Saturday, March 15, from 2:10 to 3:30 p.m.
at the Caplin Auditorium at the U.Va. School of Law in Charlottesville.
The session is part of a conference on public service and the law,
founded by U.Va. law school students. The conference, in its fourth
year, brings together students, faculty, attorneys and policymakers
to explore public interest issues facing the legal community.
year’s conference, held March 14-15, features panels and workshops
on public service-related topics, including corporate responsibility;
balancing freedom of the press and national security; and deportation
and U.N. convention against torture. Featured speakers include former
head of the American Bar Association Robert Hirshon, USA Freedom
Corps Director John Bridgeland and keynote speaker Janet Napolitano,
the governor of Arizona.
original mission of the conference was to encourage law students
to pursue public service careers, but it has grown to be much more,”
said law student and co-organizer Billy Wynne. “The conference
brings together lawyers who are experts in their field to discuss
issues that are of compelling concern not only to law students,
but to our community as a whole. Perhaps most importantly, the conference
illustrates for students the wide variety of ways that lawyers can
and do become involved in public service.”
more information and to see the schedule of events, visit www.student.virginia.edu/~law-conf
Mike Marshall, (434) 924-3763