Shirley Lin Examines Data Supporting Race-Conscious Admissions

Shirley Lin (’11), Assistant Professor of Law at Brooklyn Law School, coauthored a guest blog for Indiana University Center for Postsecondary Research’s Law School Survey of Student Engagement (LSSSE) examining data and citing personal experience supporting current doctrine as the Supreme Court looks to consider challenge to Grutter v. Bollinger (“What’s Actually At Stake in the SCOTUS Challenge to Race-Conscious Admissions,” Sep. 26). “[R]ace-conscious affirmative action does not prohibit law schools or colleges from assessing the multiple dimensions of advantage and disadvantage as they intersect with race (including for white applicants). To the contrary, it expects schools to assess individual applicants holistically. . . . Professor Lin’s first-hand experience with the inequities her family and neighbors faced remained central to her pursuit of legal advocacy, and now research and teaching, which investigate how law binds racial and economic injustice. Her unlikely route to academia would scarcely have been possible without the nuanced, race-conscious approaches intact in current doctrine.”