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  • November 2014: SFFA filed a federal lawsuit against the University of North Carolina, UNC-Chapel Hill and university officials.
  • June 2016: U.S. Supreme Court ruled UT-Austin’s admissions practices, which also considers race as one of many factors in determining whether to admit an applicant, were constitutional.
  • November 9, 2020: Eight-day trial begins.
  • October 18, 2021: Trial court overwhelmingly rules in the University’s favor.
  • November 11, 2021: SFFA files petition for certiorari asking the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the case UNC-Chapel Hill won. SFFA also sought review of the Harvard case in 2021.
  • January 24, 2022U.S. Supreme Court grants SFFA’s petitions for certiorari and consolidates the UNC-Chapel Hill and Harvard cases.
  • May 2, 2022: SFFA files opening brief with U.S. Supreme Court.
  • July 22, 2022: U.S. Supreme Court orders that the UNC-Chapel Hill and Harvard cases are no longer consolidated.
  • July 25, 2022: UNC-Chapel Hill and Harvard file response briefs.
  • August 1, 2022: Supporters of both universities’ positions file amicus curiae – friend of the court – briefs.
  • August 24, 2022: SFFA files final reply brief.
  • October 31, 2022: U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments in both the Carolina and Harvard cases.
  • 2023: U.S. Supreme Court decision is expected.