2006 Press Releases

Press Release

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Attention: U.S. Supreme Court, Legal Affairs and Education Reporters

Boalt Files Supreme Court Brief on Behalf of Ex-Chancellors in Voluntary School Desegregation Cases

Contact: Helaine Schweitzer
Boalt Hall Communications
(510) 642-6936
hschweitzer@law.berkeley.edu

BERKELEY – October 10, 2006 Boalt Hall Dean Christopher Edley, Jr. and Assistant Professor Goodwin Liu filed a friend-of-the-court brief with the U.S. Supreme Court today on behalf of 19 former chancellors of the University of California, urging the high court to uphold voluntary efforts by local school boards to achieve racial integration in K-12 public schools throughout California and the nation.

The cases arise from policies in the Seattle, Wash. and Jefferson County, Ky. school districts that use race as a limited factor in school assignment to create or maintain racially integrated schools. Both policies were upheld by the lower federal courts. The high court is scheduled to hear argument in the matter this fall.

Edley and Liu, co-directors of Boalt's Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Race, Ethnicity and Diversity, represent former chancellors from all 10 campuses of the University of California, who have filed the brief in their personal capacities. The chancellors' interest in the case, as stated in the brief, stems from a commitment, to "ensuring excellence and diversity in the pipeline of students entering higher education from the K-12 system" and to achieving the tolerance and cohesion essential to the "stability and prosperity of our multiracial society."

"These cases are one of the final chapters in the legacy of Brown v. Board of Education," said Liu, and they offer a "chance for the Court to affirm Brown's fundamental aspirations of integration and equality." For a complete list of former chancellors who have filed as amici curiae in the case, and to view a copy of the brief, please visit http://www.law.berkeley.edu/news/2006/Seattle-Louisville_amicusbrief.pdf.