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U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia will lecture in mid-November at the University of Michigan Law School, whose admissions policies he criticized in his dissent to a landmark ruling on affirmative action. Scalia will appear Nov. 16-17 in Ann Arbor to teach classes and give a public lecture. He also will speak at the Michigan Federalist Society annual dinner. The Supreme Court last year voted 5-4, with Scalia opposed, to uphold the law school’s consideration of minority status in its admissions. The same Court ruled 6-3 that the university’s undergraduate admissions system unconstitutionally considered race. Scalia voted with the majority. The Court’s ruling upheld the law school’s admissions program that seeks a “critical mass” of minorities, a concept that Scalia rejected. “The University of Michigan Law School’s mystical ‘critical mass’ justification for its discrimination by race challenges even the most gullible mind,” Scalia wrote. “The admissions statistics show it to be a sham to cover a scheme of racially proportionate admissions.” Scalia was set to appear at the university in 2003 but canceled his appearance because of the two affirmative action lawsuits, Joan Larson, his former law clerk and an adjunct law professor, told The Detroit News. Scalia will be back in Ann Arbor in January to serve as a justice in residence at Ave Maria law school, where he also will give a public speech, said Bernard Dobranski, dean of the conservative Catholic school. Copyright 2004 Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

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