Constitutional Law Keyed to Brest
Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action (BAMN)
Michigan residents voted in favor of an amendment to the state constitution prohibiting the use of race-based preferences in the admissions process for state universities. Plaintiff, an affirmative action coalition, challenged the amendment, now § 26 of the state constitution, as an unconstitutional violation of the Equal Protection Clause. The U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari. [The remainder of the procedural posture is not included in the casebook excerpt.]
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