BLACK LAW STUDENTS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN –ANN ARBOR TO JOIN “DAY OF ACTION FOR OPPORTUNITY” RALLIES IN SUPPORT OF AFFIRMATIVE ACTION
WHAT: Members of the National Black Law Students Association (NBLSA) across
the nation will hold rallies at college campuses in solidarity with the “Day of
Action for Opportunity” rally to be held at the U.S. Supreme Court on
October 10, supporting the affirmative action policy before the court in
Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin (“Fisher”), which allows African-
American and other minority students greater access into higher education.
WHEN: Wednesday, October 10 from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM EST
WHERE: University of Michigan – Ann Arbor Campus | North Diag
1230 Murfin St., Ann Arbor, MI 48109
About the Case:
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On Wednesday, October 10, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Fisher. Fisher
revisits the issue of affirmative action in undergraduate college admissions. In the case, the
Court must decide whether it is constitutional for the admissions program at the University of
Texas at Austin to consider race as one factor, among many, in attempting to create a diverse
educational experience for its students. Earlier this year, NBLSA submitted an amicus brief to
the Supreme Court in support of the University of Texas at Austin’s admissions policy.
NBLSA’s amicus brief in support of the University of Texas at Austin can be found here.
Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.comWhy NBLSA:
Equality in higher education is a cause that affects the members of NBLSA directly and
therefore, it is our responsibility to answer the call of fighting to ensure that the policy at the
University of Texas at Austin and public universities around the country are conscious of making
college education available to minority students. As law students, NBLSA is committed to
advocating for equality in access to higher education which will combat the historically low
numbers of minority lawyers in the field.
MWBLSA chose the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor as the home of the “Day of Action for
Opportunity” rally because the last time the Supreme Court considered the constitutionality of
affirmative action, the case was based on the University of Michigan’s admissions policy.
About The National Black Law Students Association (NBLSA):
Founded in 1968, the National Black Law Students Association (NBLSA) is a national, nonprofit
organization created and designed to articulate and promote the professional needs and
goals of Black law students; foster and encourage professional competence; focus upon the
relationship of the Black attorney to the American legal system; instill in the Black attorney and
law student a greater awareness of and commitment to the needs of the Black community; utilize
member expertise to initiate a change within the legal system that will make it more responsive
to the needs and concerns of the Black community; and do any and all things necessary and
lawful in order to accomplish these goals.
NBLSA is the largest student-run organization in America and has approximately 200 chapters
at law schools throughout the country. This represents almost every ABA accredited law school,
plus several non-accredited law schools. These chapters represent nearly 6,000 Black law
students in six regions that encompass 48 states including Hawaii and the Commonwealth of
Puerto Rico. Recently, NBLSA has established an international connection with Black law
students in Canada, England, South Africa, and the Bahamas who have decided to model their
student organizations after NBLSA.