Loretta E. Lynch, Esq.
Jeh C. Johnson
Brad S. Karp, Esq.
NYSBA is and has been committed to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion within all sectors of the legal industry. In light of the Supreme Court’s decision in Students for Fair Admissions (SFFA) v. University of North Carolina and Students for Fair Admissions v. Harvard University, NYSBA launched a task force dedicated to advancing diversity and preserving the benefits that flow from fostering diverse environments. The goal of this Task Force is to evaluate the legal and societal implications of the Supreme Court’s decision and provide guidance for courts, educational institutions, corporations, law firms, and other organizations that wish to preserve diversity in their institutions, consistent with the dictates of the ruling.
The report from the Task Force on Advancing Diversity recommends that, to achieve diversity, institutions of higher education should eliminate the preferential treatment in admissions given to athletes, the children of alumni and the family of donors, and to also move away from standardized tests and grade point averages, and focus instead on how an applicant furthers a college’s or law school’s goals and values. The report is in response to the U.S. Supreme Court 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.
Articles and Press Releases
“New York State Bar Association Task Force Sets Ambitious Timetable in Wake of U.S. Supreme Court Ruling on Affirmative Action” July 12, 2023 – https://nysba.org/new-york-state-bar-association-task-force-sets-ambitious-timetable-in-wake-of-u-s-supreme-court-ruling-on-affirmative-action/
“Former U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch Named Co-Chair of Blue-Ribbon Task Force on Preserving Diversity in the Wake of the U.S. Supreme Court Ruling on Affirmative Action” June 30, 2023 – https://nysba.org/former-u-s-attorney-general-loretta-lynch-named-co-chair-of-blue-ribbon-task-force-on-preserving-diversity-in-the-wake-of-the-u-s-supreme-court-ruling-on-affirmative-action/
“Task Force Chaired by Jeh Johnson, Brad Karp to Review Legal Strategies for Maintaining Diversity in Wake of U.S. Supreme Court Decision on Affirmative Action” June 29, 2023 – https://nysba.org/task-force-chaired-by-jeh-johnson-brad-karp-to-reivew-legal-strategies-for-maintaining-diversity-in-wake-of-u-s-supreme-court-decision-on-affirmative-action/
“Task Force Chaired by Jeh Johnson, Brad Karp To Review Legal Strategies for Maintaining Diversity if U.S. Supreme Court Throws Out or Weakens Affirmative Action” June 14, 2023 – https://nysba.org/task-force-chaired-by-jeh-johnson-brad-karp-to-review-legal-strategies-for-maintaining-diversity-if-u-s-supreme-court-throws-out-or-weakens-affirmative-action/
State Bar Association Forms Task Force to Confront Potential Overturn of Affirmative Action, NY Law Journal
By Jane Wester
Brad Karp and Jeh Johnson Lead NYSBA Diversity Task Force Ahead of Supreme Court Affirmative Action Decision, PaulWeiss.com
The Supreme Court knocked down affirmative action in colleges — and companies could feel the effects too, MarketWatch
By Andrew Keshner
New York reacts to top court’s affirmative action ruling, Spectrum News
By Nick Reisman
Obama Homeland Security Secy. Jeh Johnson on SCOTUS Affirmative Action Decision:, CNN This Morning @CNNThisMorning
(Follow the link below to watch New York State Bar Association Affirmative Action Task Co-Chair Jeh Johnson’s appearance on CNN News)
NYSBA Launches Task Force Aimed at ‘Preserving Diversity’ in Wake of SCOTUS Rejection of Affirmative Action, NY Law Journal
By Jason Grant
Supreme Court Ended College Affirmative Action, Might Undermine Business Efforts to Promote Diversity, HR Interests
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Task Force Aimed at ‘Preserving Diversity’ in Wake of SCOTUS Rejection of Affirmative Action
Orrick Partners Serve on N.Y.S. Bar Association Task Force To Address Supreme Court Affirmative Action Decision, Orrick.com
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