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Court Declines to Review Decision on Bar Exam Racial Data

Posted Dec 7, 2018

The California Supreme Court has declined to review a Court of Appeals decision in UCLA professor Richard Sander’s attempt to obtain bar admissions records. Sander and the First Amendment Coalition sought to obtain records to study the relationship between racial preferences in higher education admissions and bar passage rates. According to the State Bar, releasing the data would pose significant privacy risks. The Court of Appeals affirmed the Superior Court’s order denying the petitioners’ California Public Records Act Requests because they required the State Bar to create new records. Sander has now joined with the newly formed Asian American Community Services Center to file a lawsuit against the University of California seeking disclosure of admissions data. Sander contends University of California campuses are illegally using racial preferences in admissions decisions. See Inside Higher Ed.