Markkula Center of Applied Ethics

Ethics in an Unethical World

Show Title: Affirmative Action and Equality

Show Date: 1/19/04

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Bradley Joondeph is an Assistant Professor of Law at the Santa Clara University School of Law. Professor Joondeph specializes in Constitutional and Tax Law and served as a judicial clerk for Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, United States Supreme Court in 1999.

Description: In honor of Martin Luther King Day, this show focused on the issue of equality in light of the most recent Supreme Court decisions regarding Affirmative Action in higher education. Professor Joondeph offered a brief overview of the history of Affirmative Action in the courts and also and analysis of the ethical issues involved. Topics such as reverse discrimination, institutional oppression, racial stratification, and the appropriate role of the court were discussed.