On the 15th day of the proceedings, a crowd poured into the John Joseph Moakley Courthouse. Eager spectators took an elevator to the fifth floor, walked down a hallway, and pushed through the creaky wooden doors of Courtroom 17. By 9:15 a.m., the last seat was taken. The long trial would soon end.

Harvard University. Students for Fair Admissions. In the lawsuit over Harvard’s race-conscious admissions policy, both parties are, in their own way, powerful. Harvard operates in a secretive realm of wealth and influence. SFFA’s lawsuit yanked off the shroud. The organization, which alleges that Harvard discriminates against Asian-American applicants, forced the university to reveal the inner workings of its admissions process. But what did all the evidence add up to?….

The Chronicle of Higher Education