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