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Law Review Symposium: Bakke at 40

Friday, Oct. 26

King Hall, Room 1001
8:30 AM – 6:00 PM


The UC Davis Law Review symposium will focus on the landmark case Regents of the University of California v. Bakke. This case originated at the University of California, Davis when a medical student, Allan Bakke, filed suit against the School of Medicine for denying his admission. The white male applicant claimed that the school practiced “reverse discrimination” by not admitting him based on his race. He argued that the medical school violated his Fourteenth Amendment rights by reserving seats for students of color. While the U.S. Supreme Court did not rule that affirmative action practices were illegal, it did rule in favor of Bakke. The court’s decision said that using racial quotas in college admissions was in fact a violation of the 14th Amendment and the Civil Rights Act of 1964. As a result, the Bakke case was the catalyst for reshaping admission practices at universities across the nation. Now forty years later, the symposium will examine the status of affirmative action initiatives to address racial injustice, in both education and the workplace. 

Scholars from UC Davis, UC Berkeley, UCLA, UC Irvine, Yale, Duke University, and others will be presenting research about education policy, civil rights and social and racial justice issues. UC Davis Law Dean Kevin R. Johnson, UCLA Dean Emerita and Professor of Law Rachel F. Moran and Washington School of Law Dean Mario L. Barnes will speak. Colorado Supreme Court Justice Melissa Hart will also present. More details.  


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