Deborah N. Archer, an expert in the areas of civil rights and racial discrimination, is a professor of law at New York Law School, where she also serves as co-director of the Impact Center for Public Interest Law, dean of diversity and inclusion, and director of the Racial Justice Project. She was previously an assistant counsel at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., where she litigated at the trial and appellate level in cases involving affirmative action in higher education, employment discrimination, school desegregation, and voting rights. She was also a fellow with the American Civil Liberties Union, where she was involved in federal and state litigation on issues of race and poverty. Prior to joining NYLS, Archer was an associate at Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett LLP. She has participated as amicus counsel in several cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, including Fisher v. University of Texas.
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In this amicus brief, written for Fisher v. University of Texas, Archer and colleagues discuss the legal and moral arguments for affirmative action.
In this panel discussion on the affirmative action case of Fisher v. University of Texas, Archer argues the legality of affirmative action.
Proposal 2 intrudes on a university's right to adopt an admissions process that fully considers what prospective students might contribute to the university, and create an educational environment that welcomes and celebrates a full range of diversity.
Courts should continue to focus on the educational benefits of affirmative action that are shared by the entire educational community and society at large.