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Austin Chronicle Hopwood Fallout

FEBRUARY 9, 1998: 

Hopwood v. The State of Texas: The reverse discrimination suit was brought in September of 1992 by Cheryl Hopwood and Stephanie Haynes in U.S. District Court. Both plaintiffs claimed they were plenty qualified to gain entrance to UT Law School, but were denied admission because they were not minorities. Judge Sam Sparks ruled in the plaintiffs' favor in August of 1992, and the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in March of 1996 that affirmative action policies at UT's law school were unconstitutional. The U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear the case in June of 1996. Only Texas is affected by the Hopwood decision.


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