I've been thinking. We all know that affirmative action most definitely exists in the medical school application process, but is it to remain? For me, it seems hard to imagine the application process without it; it's always taken a seat in the back of my head. Anyway, most of us probably know that schools are not allowed to create a quota system; nor are they allowed to create a "point system" in which minority applicants automatically earn more points just because of the color of their skin, as set in Gratz v. Bollinger (2003). However, schools are allowed to make "special efforts" to achieve racial and ethnic diversity, according to Grutter v. Bollinger (2003). Yes, same school--the first was undergraduate and the second was law school. The former used this point system, which was ruled unconstitutional in the first case, and the latter used these "special efforts," which were barely ruled constitutional (by one vote) in the second case, stating that this route took a more "individualized" view of the applicants. Well, my question to you all is whether affirmative action has reached the end of the line. We've got two recently appointed conservative justices in the Supreme Court that would make the change likely if a case were brought to it. (Any volunteers? __________ v. Johns Hopkins... I can see it now.) Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, who held a seat during these two cases and who has since retired, stated, "We expect 25 years from now, the use of racial preferences will no longer be necessary." Obviously, the Supreme Court doesn't see affirmative action's place in admissions much longer, relatively... So, what about you all? Do you think this policy will apply to future applicants in say 5, 10, 20 years? Note: This does not have to turn into a battle about affirmative action, per se. I'd rather get everyone's opinion on whether you think it will still exist in future admissions.