UC files brief in support of race-based admissions policies

UC President Mark Yudof and the chancellors of all 10 UC campuses submitted a “friend of the court” brief Monday to the U.S. Supreme Court declaring support for the University of Texas in a contentious case challenging the use of race in undergraduate admissions.
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Federal appeals court rules Prop 8 unconstitutional

A federal appeals court ruled California’s 2008 voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional Tuesday, upholding an August 2010 decision. “Proposition 8 serves no purpose, and has no effect, other than to lessen the status and human dignity of gays and lesbians in California, and to officially reclassify their relationships and
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A relevant case-study

HIGHER EDUCATION: The Bayh-Dole Act is still a relevant tool in maintaining continued innovation at research universities.

The U.S. Supreme Court case Stanford v. Roche, which centered on Stanford University’s attempt to assert control over an HIV-detection kit invented by School of Medicine professor Mark Holodniy, appeared to come down to semantics. Fortunately, the ruling on June 6 is not fatal to the Bayh-Dole Act, which allows
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A happy conclusion

HIGHER EDUCATION: By refusing to hear the challenge to AB 540, the U.S. Supreme Court has made the correct decision.

The U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal last Monday that challenged California Assembly Bill 540, which allows undocumented students to pay resident tuition at in-state colleges. The decision is a welcome conclusion after years of legal challenges, beginning when the original lawsuit was filed in December 2005. Undocumented
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