Interview with Robert Links
QUESTION 6
JACKIE SHEARER:

OK, now I'd like to have you tell me Archibald Cox's opening remarks and the impression it made on.

ROBERT LINKS:

One of the things that happens in oral argument is you get to hear for the first time how your adversary's going to put the case. And when the Bakke case was argued the adversary was formidable indeed. The university's lawyers were, were fine and good and they had some of the finest Constitutional scholars on their briefs and they had Archibald Cox who is one of America's great lawyers as their advocate that day. And I can remember still what he said. "This case, which comes here on a writ of certiorari to the Supreme Court of California, presents a single, vital issue. The answer that this court provides will determine perhaps for decades whether minorities are going to have meaningful access to higher education," or words to that effect. And it was a very dramatic moment. I also remember, ah, Reny Colvin's first words which I think were equally if not more moving when he said, "The first thing I think I should tell this court is that I am Alan Bakke's lawyer and Alan Bakke is my client." And he proceeded to explain to that court who this man was, because our feeling deep down was that America had to look him in the eye and that court had to look him in the eye and say, "Do we apply one standard to you and another standard to someone else because of your race and the other persons' race, or do you both get judged by the same standard?" And ah, it was a very effective and dramatic way of framing a very important part of the case.

JACKIE SHEARER:

OK, cut, do we have anything left on--