Constructors v Mineta (2001) web site
The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments on Wednesday, October 31, 2001 in the case of Adarand Constructors v. Mineta, a challenge to the U.S. Department of Transportation's affirmative action program for federally funded contracts. This was to be the first time in over five years that the Supreme Court would address the issue of affirmative action; however on November 27, 2001 the Supreme Court dismissed the Adarand case on technical grounds.
On June 1, 2001 a group of social science and comparative law scholars had filed a "friend of the court" brief in the Supreme Court. This web site contains a copy of this amicus brief, information about the members of the amicus group, other briefs filed in the Adarand case, relevant federal regulations, other related materials, and links to other web sites. The site also contains preliminary page proofs of Passing Strict Scrutiny: Using Social Science to Design Affirmative Program, which appeared in Volume 90 of the Georgetown Law Journal, pages 835-92 (April 2002). This article, co-authored by three members of the amicus group, discusses both the Adarand case and the University of Michigan affirmative action cases.