Asian Americans Advancing Justice - LA

Building upon the legacy of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center

Harvard Lawsuit


In November 2014, an organization called Students for Fair Admissions, Inc. (SFFA) sued Harvard University, claiming that its race-conscious holistic admissions policy discriminates against Asian Americans. It asked the court to prohibit Harvard from using race as a factor in its admissions process.  SFFA is a project of Edward Blum, a conservative strategist that uses litigation to destroy the hard-fought, race-conscious victories of the Civil Rights era, such as affirmative action and preclearance requirements under the Voting Rights Act.
This case against Harvard is the first time that a private university's affirmative action policy has been challenged. It is also the first time that Asian Americans have been overtly recruited and positioned as the primary challengers of a race-conscious admissions policy.
In December 2016, Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles joined the Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, the Laywer’s Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice, and the pro bono law firm of Arnold & Porter to represent a diverse group of prospective and current Harvard students who support affirmative action and have been granted special status as “amici-plus.”As such, they have the opportunity to submit evidence and provide oral argument on dispositive motions. We currently represent 8 prospective and current Asian American and Pacific Islander students who are a part of this group.

Court Documents

Stories from Students

Sally Chen
Thang Diep
Jason Fong
Jang Lee

Daniel Lu

Itzel Vasquez-Rodriguez

The Harvard Crimson



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Our mission is to advocate for civil rights, provide legal services and education, and build coalitions to positively influence and impact Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders and to create a more equitable and harmonious society.