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  • November 2014: SFFA filed a federal lawsuit naming UNC-Chapel Hill, the University of North Carolina System, and the UNC Board of Governors. Limited discovery takes place until the similar Fisher v. the University of Texas at Austin case was decided.
  • June 2016: U.S. Supreme Court ruled that UT-Austin’s admissions practices were constitutional.
  • 2017 – 2018: The full discovery phase commenced in UNC-Chapel Hill’s case.
  • January 2019: Summary judgment motions begin with the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina in Winston-Salem. Each party submits legal briefs arguing why it should win the case without a trial.
  • April 2019: Both parties submitted final legal briefs.
  • September 2019: The trial court judge denies summary judgment and rules this case will go to trial.
  • May 2020: Bench trial originally scheduled to begin but delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
  • November 9, 2020: Bench (no jury) trial is scheduled to begin with counsel and most witnesses appearing in person.
  • October 18, 2021: The trial court judge rules in the University’s favor.