Briefing on AERA, et al. Amicus Brief on Strength of Science in Fisher v. U of Texas

For Immediate Release 

Fisher v. University of Texas, Austin
Briefing on AERA et al. Amicus Brief
On Strength of the Science


WHO: The American Educational Research Association (AERA), with co-sponsors American Sociological Association, American Statistical Association, Association for the Study of Higher Education, Law and Society Association, and Linguistic Society of America.

WHAT: Media briefing to discuss the AERA, et al. amicus brief submitted to the U.S. Supreme Court on Fisher v. University of Texas, Austin. The briefing will outline scientific evidence on the use of race as one factor in the University’s admissions policy and issues relevant to this critically important higher education case scheduled for hearing on October 10, 2012.

Speakers will include: 

  • Felice J. Levine, Executive Director, American Educational Research Association
  • Angelo Ancheta, Counsel of Record for Amicus Brief and Executive Director, Katharine & George Alexander Community Law Center
    and Associate Clinical Professor, Santa Clara University, School of Law
  • Catherine Didion, Senior Program Officer at the National Academy of Engineering and Director of the Committee on Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine, the National Academies
  • Stella M. Flores, Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Higher Education,                             Vanderbilt University  
  • Liliana Garces, Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Education and Human Development, George Washington University
  • William C. Kidder, Assistant Provost at the University of California, Riverside
  • Gary Orfield, Professor of Education, Law, Political Science and Urban Planning and Co-Director, The Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles, University of California – Los Angeles

WHEN:          Thursday, September 27, 2012

8:30 am   – Continental Breakfast
    9:00 am   – Briefing
10:30 am – Program Concludes 

WHERE:       The National Press Club
The Conference Rooms

529 14th St. NW, 13th Floor 
Washington, DC 20045


This event will be webcast live at 


For additional information or to reach AERA Communications, call Lucy Cunningham at 202 238-3234 (


The American Educational Research Association (AERA) is the national interdisciplinary research association for approximately 25,000 scholars who undertake research in education. Founded in 1916, AERA aims to advance knowledge about education, to encourage scholarly inquiry related to education, and to promote the use of research to improve education and serve the public good.

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