Affirmative Action Ban Under Scrutiny

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The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments Tuesday in a challenge to a voter-approved Michigan law that bans the use of gender and race preferences in public programs. Voters passed a similar ban in California in 1996, Proposition 209, and critics blame it for lower rates of Latino, African-American, and Native-American students at public universities. We'll preview the arguments for and against overturning affirmative action bans.


Margaret Russell, professor of law at Santa Clara University School of Law

Ralph Kasarda, attorney at Pacific Legal Foundation who successfully defended Proposition 209, California's ban on racial preferences

Marcia Coyle, chief Washington correspondent for the National Law Journal; and author of "The Roberts Court: The Struggle for the Constitution"