U.S. to Argue in Affirmative Action Case at Supreme Court

The United States will argue before the Supreme Court this term in support of a Texas university’s affirmative action admissions process and Arizona’s redistricting plan.

The justices on Tuesday agreed to give the Obama administration time during oral arguments Dec. 9 in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, a case challenging the constitutionality of the university's policy that includes accepting undergraduate students based on racial preferences.

The case, Docket No. 14-981, is being closely watched by higher education, civil liberties groups and law groups, which have filed amicus briefs in the case. Minority Leader Harry Reid and a group of Democratic senators also filed an amicus brief in the case.

Read more at Roll Call: http://www.rollcall.com/news/us_to_argue_in_affirmative_action_case_at_supreme_court-244907-1.html