Theodore M. Shaw is a professor of professional practice in law at Columbia Law School and Of Counsel to Fulbright & Jaworski LLP. Previously, he was director-counsel and president of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, for which he worked in various capacities over the span of twenty-six years. His legal career began as a trial attorney in the U.S. Department of Justice, and he has since litigated education, employment, voting rights, housing, police misconduct, capital punishment and other civil rights cases in trial and appellate courts and in the U.S. Supreme Court. While a professor at University of Michigan School of Law, he played a key role in initiating a review of the school's admissions practices and policies, and served on the faculty committee that promulgated the admissions program upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in Grutter v. Bollinger (2003).
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Shaw discusses the history of affirmative action, and MALDEF's Thomas Saenz explains why continuing discrimination in Texas is particularly important to understanding <em>Fisher v. University of Texas</em>.
How can policy leaders of our nation's colleges and universities increase the racial and gender diversity of their faculties and student bodies so as to champion and sustain effective science, technology, engineering and mathematics ("STEM") programs in what often seems to be an overly complicated, barrier-laden, and hostile legal environment?
Ted Shaw, director-counsel and president of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund; Lani Guinier, civil rights scholar, Harvard law professor, and author of Meritocracy Inc.; and Lee Bollinger, president of Columbia University, discuss the future of affirmative action in education.
Shaw discusses why the affirmative action stakes are so high, and how big firms can be more diverse.
Kings dream was not of a simplistic color-blindness; he was a strong advocate of affirmative action and supporter of school desegregation.
Consideration of race in UTs holistic admissions process is vital to create a broadly diverse student body. Open paths to leadership and opportunity are mission-critical for UT.