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Edward Blum, director of the Project on Fair Representation, poses at his home in South Thomaston, Maine, in this November 9, 2012 file photograph. REUTERS/Joel Page/files

Edward Blum, director of the Project on Fair Representation, poses at his home in South Thomaston, Maine, in this November 9, 2012 file photograph. REUTERS/Joel Page/files

Edward Blum, director of the Project on Fair Representation, poses at his home in South Thomaston, Maine, in this November 9, 2012 file photograph. REUTERS/Joel Page/files
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Edward Blum, who finds people to challenge affirmative action and other race-based policies and then lines up the legal team, poses at his home in South Thomaston, Maine, in this November 9, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Joel Page/Files

Edward Blum, who finds people to challenge affirmative action and other race-based policies and then lines up the legal team, poses at his home in South Thomaston, Maine, in this November 9, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Joel Page/Files

Edward Blum, who finds people to challenge affirmative action and other race-based policies and then lines up the legal team, poses at his home in South Thomaston, Maine, in this November 9, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Joel Page/Files
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Frank "Butch" Ellis, lead attorney in the disputed Voting Rights Act, poses outside his office in Calera, Alabama, in this May 15, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Marvin Gentry/Files

Frank "Butch" Ellis, lead attorney in the disputed Voting Rights Act, poses outside his office in Calera, Alabama, in this May 15, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Marvin Gentry/Files

Frank "Butch" Ellis, lead attorney in the disputed Voting Rights Act, poses outside his office in Calera, Alabama, in this May 15, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Marvin Gentry/Files
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Students calling for diversity protest outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, in this October 10, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Jose Luis Magana/Files

Students calling for diversity protest outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, in this October 10, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Jose Luis Magana/Files

Students calling for diversity protest outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, in this October 10, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Jose Luis Magana/Files
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Students calling for diversity protest outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, in this October 10, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Jose Luis Magana/Files

Students calling for diversity protest outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, in this October 10, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Jose Luis Magana/Files

Students calling for diversity protest outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, in this October 10, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Jose Luis Magana/Files
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