From Inside Higher Ed:
Many of the arguments before the Supreme Court Tuesday, on Michigan’s ban on affirmative action, were not surprising. Justices aligned roughly where they are on affirmative action issues generally.
But there was an unexpected development when the lawyer defending Michigan’s ban suggested that if the University of Michigan wants to attract more minority students, one of the ways to do so would be to eliminate an admissions preference for the children of alumni. When he did so, the justice who came to the defense of such preferences — generally viewed as benefiting the wealthy and the white — was Sonia Sotomayor, who regularly speaks up on the court about the experiences of those who are neither.