The University of Texas at Austin has filed its brief on the merits in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin.  UT’s brief defends its use of racial preferences in university admissions.  Interestingly, two former George W. Bush Administration appointees, Greg Garre (former Solicitor General) and James Ho (Office of Legal Counsel at DOJ), represent UT in the case.  Amicus briefs aligned with UT are due next week.  The Supreme Court oral argument is set for Wednesday, October 10, 2012.