Thursday, December 20, 2018
National Law Journal, Harvard Law Review Hits Back Against Discrimination Claims:
The Harvard Law Review and Harvard University have come out swinging against a lawsuit that claims the legal journal employs racial and gender preferences in violation of federal antidiscrimination laws.
The Harvard defendants this week filed separate motions to dismiss the suit brought in October by a Texas group called Faculty, Alumni, and Students Opposed to Racial Preferences (FASORP), which claims that the law review’s policies regarding the selection of student editors and articles runs afoul of Title IX and Title VI because it disadvantages white males. The same group also sued the New York University Law Review with nearly identical claims, though the defendants in that case have yet to respond in court. ...
The Harvard defendants pulled no punches in their motions to dismiss, calling the allegations “threadbare” and riddled with “fatal defects.” First, the plaintiff—a self-described “voluntary membership organization that litigates against race and sex preferences in academia” of which membership is confidential—lacks standing to sue because it doesn’t identify a single law student, professor or Harvard Law Review alumni who was allegedly injured by the law review’s racial preference policies, the motions argue.
Update: In Legal Ploy, Harvard University Divorces Harvard Law Review