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Military Amicus Brief Cited in Supreme Court's Decision in the University of Michigan Case, Grutter v. Bollinger

Joe Reeder, Signer and Co-Counsel of Military Amicus Brief; Former Under Secretary of the U.S. Army and mid-Atlantic Managing Shareholder

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- June 27, 2003 -- In the recent Supreme Court decision in the University of Michigan case, Grutter v. Bollinger, affirmative action in higher education was upheld. The decision cited a military amicus brief to the University of Michigan in which Joe Reeder, former Under Secretary of the U.S. Army, 82d Airborne Division soldier, and currently, mid-Atlantic managing shareholder, served as a signer and co-counsel to the Military Amicus Brief that urged affirmative action in higher education, which is the source of almost all entry level military officers.

Joe Reeder
Joe Reeder

"To lead our country's racially diverse enlisted men and women, our nation's fighting force requires a diverse office corps: affirmative action policies have helped our military build a top quality officer corps that reflects America's diversity. The Supreme Court's decision to reinforce the 1978 Bakke decision by rendering diversity a compelling state interest. Our military and academic institutions are a direct beneficiary of this landmark decision," said Reeder.

The military amicus brief was signed by 29 former high-ranking officers and civilian leaders of the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps, including military-academy superintendents, former Secretaries of Defense, and present and former members of the U.S. Senate and filed on February 18, 2003.