Here, in no particular order, are the 10 most noteworthy developments and trends in civil rights law during the past year.

• Racial and ethnic preferences in university admissions are under heavy fire. The Center for Individual Rights, which won a major victory against preferences in Hopwood v. Texas (5th Cir. 1996), continued its litigation this year against the University of Michigan (for undergraduate and law school admissions) and the University of Washington’s law school.

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