Question: Now it is your turn to critique an oral argument. I imagine you have all seen the headline Fisher v University of Texas (2016) ruling (or at least the concept of affirmative action as it relates to university acceptance). Your assignment is to listen to the oral argument of the attorneys before the court then write a one-page double-spaced opinion paper on your impression. Did the attorneys argue their point well? Did one do better than the other? Were they able to get their statement out without being interrupted? Which Justice was dominant? Was it clear from what direction they were asking – conservative? liberal? Did they seem to take sides? Next, you are to read the short brief on the oyez site to see exactly what the holding was for the case and which Justices were in the majority or dissent. Was this how you thought they would rule? Finally, look at the background to see what implications this case might have once you have finished writing your paper.

The oral argument and brief for Fisher v University of Texas, 579 US ____ (2016) can be found at The background and details can be found at

Remember, I am looking for your impressions of the workings of the Court, not your opinion on the holding! You should only use the sources given for this assignment. The only source on the submission should be the oral argument for the case itself.