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Later this year, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear the case of Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin (UT). The Court will consider a challenge to the constitutionality of UT’s consideration of race as one factor in a holistic, individualized review of about 25 percent of its undergraduate applicants’ admissions profiles.

Two years ago when the Fisher case was before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, the Asian American Center for Advancing Justice (Advancing Justice), whose members are Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC), Asian American Justice Center (AAJC), Asian American Institute (AAI) and Asian Law Caucus (ALC), filed an amicus, or friend-of-the court, brief to support UT’s admissions policy. 

Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin - Amicus Brief

BRIEF OF AMICI CURIAE ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN LEGAL
CENTER, ASIAN AMERICAN INSTITUTE, ASIAN LAW CAUCUS,
ASIAN AMERICAN JUSTICE CENTER IN SUPPORT OF APPELLEES
AND IN AFFIRMANCE OF THE DISTRICT COURT JUDGMENT

STATEMENT OF INTEREST OF AMICI CURIAE
In accordance with Federal Rule of Appellate Procedure 29(a), all parties to
this appeal have consented to the filing of this amicus curiae brief. No counsel for
any of the parties had any role in authoring this brief.


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Coalition of 80 Asian Pacific American Organizations File Legal Brief Supporting Immigrant College Students’ Right to Pay In-State Tuition in California

LOS ANGELES – Today, Asian Pacific American (APA) students, community leaders and attorneys convened a press conference in Los Angeles to announce the filing of an amicus (“friend of the court”) brief with the California Supreme Court. The brief supports immigrant college students’ ability to pay in-state tuition under California law AB 540. The Court is considering a case, Martinez v. Regents of the University of California, whose outcome may threaten these students’ ability to pay at in-state tuition rates.

American Civil Rights Foundation v. LAUSD

American Civil Rights Foundation v LAUSD: APALC joins other civil rights and legal groups in intervening in two related cases involving consideration of race in the policies of the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), filed by the Pacific Legal Foundation. The court agrees that LAUSD’s programs do not violate the California Constitution under specific exceptions to Proposition 209 for existing consent decrees.

Parent Academies

APALC graduates its first class of 90 parents from its parent academies, a nine-week program equipping immigrant parents with the skills and knowledge to be effectively involved in their children’s education and to guide their children to academic and career success. Because most parents are recent immigrants, Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese, and Vietnamese interpretation is provided to facilitate parent participation. 

Proposition 227

Proposition 227, which severely limits bilingual education programs and mandates a “one size fits all” approach to teaching English to K–12 students, is placed on the June 1998 ballot and eventually passes.  APALC joins other advocates to fight Prop 227 and also plays a supportive role in Angel V. v.

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Our mission is to advocate for civil rights, provide legal services and education, and build coalitions to positively influence and impact Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders and to create a more equitable and harmonious society.