Case: University of California Regents v. Bakke

76-00811 | California state trial court

Filed Date: April 22, 1976

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Case Summary

Defendant university used a special admission program with a racial classification intended to assist minorities, which barred plaintiff applicant, a white male, because of his race. The court held that the program violated U.S. Const. amend. XIV because the purpose of the racial classification did not serve a compelling state interest and rigid scrutiny showed that there were other reasonable ways to achieve the state's goals by means imposing a lesser limitation on the rights of the group dis…

Defendant university used a special admission program with a racial classification intended to assist minorities, which barred plaintiff applicant, a white male, because of his race. The court held that the program violated U.S. Const. amend. XIV because the purpose of the racial classification did not serve a compelling state interest and rigid scrutiny showed that there were other reasonable ways to achieve the state's goals by means imposing a lesser limitation on the rights of the group disadvantaged by the classification. Defendant did not meet its burdens to establish that a program that discriminated against white applicants because of their race was necessary to achieve an integrated student body and improved medical care for minorities, and to demonstrate that those goals could not be achieved by means less detrimental to the rights of the majority. Because plaintiff demonstrated that defendant had unconstitutionally discriminated against him, the burden should have shifted to defendant to prove that the special admission program did not result in his exclusion, which defendant conceded it could not do. Plaintiff, therefore, was entitled to an order that he be admitted.

People


Judge(s)

Blackmun, Harry Andrew (District of Columbia)

Brennan, William Joseph Jr. (District of Columbia)

Marshall, Thurgood (District of Columbia)

Mosk, Stanley (California)

Other Attorney(s)

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Judge(s)

Blackmun, Harry Andrew (District of Columbia)

Brennan, William Joseph Jr. (District of Columbia)

Marshall, Thurgood (District of Columbia)

Mosk, Stanley (California)

Other Attorney(s)

Bell, Griffin Boyette (Georgia)

Days, Drew S. III (District of Columbia)

Easterbrook, Frank Hoover (Illinois)

Eisenstein, Miriam R. (District of Columbia)

Landsberg, Brian K. (District of Columbia)

McCree, Wade Hampton Jr. (Michigan)

O'Rourke, Vincent F. (District of Columbia)

Silver, Jessica Dunsay (District of Columbia)

Wallace, Lawrence G. (District of Columbia)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

Opinion

Bakke v. Regents of the University of California

California state supreme court

553 P.2d 1152

Sept. 16, 1976 Order/Opinion

Brief for the United States as Amicus Curiae

The Regents of the University of California v. Bakke

Supreme Court of the United States

Oct. 1, 1977 Pleading / Motion / Brief

Motion for Leave to File a Supplemental Brief for the United States as Amicus Curiae and Supplemental Brief for the United States as Amicus Curiae

The Regents of the University of California v. Bakke

Supreme Court of the United States

Nov. 1, 1977 Pleading / Motion / Brief

Opinion

Regents of the University of California v. Bakke

Supreme Court of the United States

438 U.S. 265

June 28, 1978 Order/Opinion

Docket

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Docket sheet not available via the Clearinghouse.

State / Territory: California

Case Type(s):

School Desegregation

Key Dates

Filing Date: April 22, 1976