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Our runner-up this week is the team from Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr that got an appellate affirmance of the firm’s trial win protecting Harvard University’s race-conscious admissions system. First Circuit Judge Sandra Lynch wrote that the plaintiffs’ “contention that Harvard elevates racial diversity above other types of diversity is not supported by the evidence” and that “Harvard’s use of race in admissions is contextual and it does not consider race exclusively.” Seth Waxman handled oral argument at the First Circuit for the President and Fellows of Harvard College, and Paul Wolfson, Danielle Conley, Brittany Blueitt Amadi, Bill Lee, Felicia Ellsworth, Andrew Dulberg, Debo Adegbile, Michelle Liszt Sandals, Greg Schmidt, Emma Simson and Alex Hemmer from Wilmer joined him on the briefs along with Ara Gershengorn of the Harvard University Office of the General Counsel. Waxman, Lee, and Ellsworth picked up Litigator of the Week honors in October 2019 for their trial win before U.S. District Judge Allison D. Burroughs of the District of Massachusetts.

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Ross Todd

Ross Todd is the Editor/columnist for the Am Law Litigation Daily. He writes about litigation of all sorts. Previously, Ross was the Bureau Chief of The Recorder, ALM's California affiliate. Contact Ross at [email protected] On Twitter: @Ross_Todd.

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