WASHINGTON, DC — The Independent Women’s Forum (IWF) encourages the Supreme Court to find the University of Michigan Law School’s racial and ethnic preferences unconstitutional in the cases of Grutter v. Bollinger and Gratz v. Bollinger.

IWF filed an amicus brief in these cases warning that quota systems endanger the American ideal of equal opportunity. IWF was joined by the Center for Equal Opportunity and American Civil Rights Institute in filing the brief.

“IWF believes strongly in equal opportunity,” comments IWF Program Director Patricia Reed. “However, at the University of Michigan, the application of a race-based quota system flies in the face of equal opportunity because outcomes are artificially induced.”

“Quotas, which mandate outcomes, are the antithesis to equal opportunity.”

IWF’s amicus brief documents the University of Michigan Law School’s system for giving greater weight to the applications of racial and ethnic minority students regardless of any disparity in academic qualifications that may exist between minority students and other students.

The Independent Women’s Forum, founded in 1992, is a nonprofit, nonpartisan educational organization.