Video: The Students for Fair Admissions Cases at the Supreme Court: Commentary by Frederick Mark Gedicks

On 29 June 2023, the United States Supreme Court issued a decision in Students for Fair Admissions, Inc. v. President and Fellows of Harvard College and Students for Fair Admissions, Inc. v. University of North Carolina, declaring race-based college affirmative action programs unconstitutional. In a 6-3 vote, the justices held that the admissions programs at these universities violate the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. BYU Law Professor Frederick Mark Gedicks comments on the main issue in both cases and tries to predict its legal and social implications.

0:14 – Historical Background of Equal Rights Protection

7:43 – The Cases

8:47 – The Court’s First Justification

9:58 – The Second Justification

10:40 – The Third Justification

11:26 – The Fourth Justification

12:19 – The Fifth Justification

13:29 – Choosing Between Anti-classification and Anti-subordination Approaches.