Seattle attorney Harry J.F. Korrell made his first argument in the U.S. Supreme Court last December. He and his opponent now hold the dubious distinction of having the oldest case awaiting decision in the current term, a decision that may well define the term itself.

As the justices enter the homestretch of the October 2006 term, neither Korrell nor his client — an association of parents — is biting fingernails or popping antacids. They knew in December that the question of a school district’s use of race as a factor in assigning students to public schools would be complex and challenging for the high court.

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