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September 17, 2007

Grutter v. Bollinger and Gratz v. Bollinger litigation documents published

Professor Roy M. Mersky, the Harry M. Reasoner Regents Chair in Law and Director of Research at the Law School, and co-editor H. Kumar Percy Jayasuriya recently released Grutter v Bollinger and Gratz v. Bollinger Litigation Documents: A Documentary History of Affirmative Action in Higher Education (Hein, 2007). The five-volume publication chronicles the history of two key Supreme Court cases addressing the legality of race-based admissions policies, especially in undergraduate and law school admissions.

The work contains all public documents submitted during the Supreme Court litigation, as well as extensive finding aids, bibliographies, and background information. The editors have included all briefs filed before the Supreme Court, transcripts of both oral arguments, lower court opinions and the final decisions of both cases.

Thousands of people and organizations signed their names to the briefs submitted in this litigation, each publicly explaining its beliefs and positions on affirmative action and the need for diversity in society. By reading these briefs a researcher can gain a broad understanding of the current state of race relations in America. The publication includes a 24-page index of Amicus Parties.

Professor Gerald Torres, Bryant Smith Professor at UT Law, wrote the introduction to the work, which provides extensive historical and legal background to the Grutter and Gratz litigation. To provide additional background information, Kumar Jayasuriya and Molly Brownfield have included a bibliography of affirmative action as well.

This publication is a continuation of the Tarlton Law Library’s ongoing project to record major cases regarding affirmative action in higher education. The previous work in this publication project is Hopwood v. Texas Litigation Documents.

The publication is available directly from the publisher or through online book stores.

About the editors:

Roy M. Mersky is the Harry M. Reasoner Regents Chair in Law, Director of Legal Research, and Law Librarian at the Tarlton Law Library at the University of Texas School of Law in Austin. His previous books include Fundamentals of Legal Research, The First One Hundred Eight Justices, and Successful and Unsuccessful Nominations of Supreme Court Justices by the Senate Judiciary Committee.

H. Kumar Percy Jayasuriya is the Associate Law Librarian for Georgetown University Law Library at the Georgetown University Law Center. His previous publications include Hopwood v. Texas Litigation Documents.

About the author of the Introduction:

Gerald Torres is the Bryant Smith Professor at the University of Texas School of Law in Austin. He is a Past President of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS), and a leading figure in critical race theory. His previous publications include The Miner’s Canary: Enlisting Race, Resisting Power, Transforming Democracy (Harvard University Press, 2002) with Harvard law professor Lani Guinier.

Contact: Roy Mersky, Tarlton Law Library, 512.471.7735