Law Over Lunch

The Carrico Center for Pro Bono and Public Service Law Over Lunch series provides workshops and CLE trainings to lawyers in the Richmond area on topical issues at no cost.

Upcoming Event: Affirmative Action, Negative Reaction: The Impact of Students for Fair Admissions

Date:                   February 22, 2024

Time:                   12:00 pm – 1:30 pm 

Location:              Zoom (register here)


Prof. Henry L. Chambers, Jr.
University of Richmond School of Law

Prof. Marissa Jackson Sow
University of Richmond School of Law

Prof. Danielle Wingfield
University of Richmond School of Law

Contact:              Tara Casey, Director, Carrico Center for Pro Bono Service
                           804-287-1207 /


In 1978, the United States Supreme Court ruled in Regents of the University of California v. Bakke that colleges and universities could take race into consideration in the admissions process, finding that diversity in the classroom was a compelling state interest. Forty-five years later, the Supreme Court effectively overruled this decision in Students for Fair Admissions v. Harvard, finding that race-based consideration violated the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. Affirmative action – what was once considered to be a meaningful tool to overcome the historical (and unconstitutional), race-based barriers in education – was now held up to be a modern-day (and unconstitutional), race-based barrier itself. How did our country make this jurisprudence journey within less than 70 years after Brown v. Board of Education? And what does that mean for the future of education and our pursuit of equity in it?

Please join the Carrico Center as we welcome our distinguished colleagues Prof. Hank Chambers, Prof. Marissa Jackson Sow, and Prof. Danielle Wingfield, who will try to answer these questions through a historical perspective of affirmative action’s origins, the present-day implications of its dismantling, and a future visioning of what may be. 1.5 CLE credits pending.