The brief, which is Harvard’s first major filing in the appeals case, comes in response to a mid-February appellate brief submitted by anti-affirmative action group Students for Fair Admissions.
SFFA has consistently argued that Harvard’s admissions process systematically disadvantages Asian American applicants.
SFFA appealed an October district court ruling in favor of Harvard and asked the First Circuit Court of Appeal to reverse that decision, made by district court judge Allison D. Burroughs.
Harvard argued in its brief that Burroughs’s ruling was correct and that SFFA failed to present any evidence of intentional discrimination.
The brief concludes by asking the appeals court to uphold the district court ruling in Harvard’s favor.