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San Francisco law firm opens fellowship to all students after lawsuit alleging discrimination

A San Francisco law firm opened its fellowship to all students after facing a lawsuit alleging discrimination.

The American Alliance for Equal Rights (AAFER) filed a lawsuit Aug. 22 challenging the “diversity fellowships” offered by the international law firm Morrison & Foerster LLP.

AAFER is led by Edward Blum, the activist behind the Supreme Court case that banned affirmative action in college admissions.

AAFER’s lawsuit challenges the Morrison & Foerster firm’s Keith Wetmore 1L Fellowship for Excellence, Diversity, and Inclusion for discriminating against certain applicants based on their race as it seeks to include underrepresented groups, a document describing the fellowship on the firm’s website states.

This comes after the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a major ruling on affirmative action in June, rejecting the use of race as a factor in college admissions as a violation of the 14th Amendment’s Equal Protection Clause.

Joshua Q. Nelson is a reporter for Fox News Digital.

Joshua focuses on politics, education policy ranging from the local to the federal level, and the parental uprising in education.

Joining Fox News Digital in 2019, he previously graduated from Syracuse University with a degree in Political Science and is an alum of the National Journalism Center and the Heritage Foundation’s Young Leaders Program. 

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