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The Department of Justice on Wednesday dropped a lawsuit against Yale alleging discrimination in its admissions practices. Experts said it indicated the DOJ will likely withdraw support for a similar suit against Harvard.

Vinay Harpalani, a law professor at the University of New Mexico, said he thinks such a move would make it “slightly less likely” that the court will hear the case, “if anything.”

“It’s sending a bit of a message that the Biden administration’s DOJ is on the side of affirmative action, they’re on the side of Harvard, they’re going to help make these arguments. And the political winds have gone that way a little bit,” he said.

Harpalani, the UNM professor, said he expects the DOJ to file a brief in support of Harvard should the Supreme Court take up the case.

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