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Greve had learned that the best approach was to promise nothing and ask callers to send information about their situation. CIR couldn’t afford to sue every school that used race in admissions. The group had to choose its battles. The call from Deborah Whyman and David Jaye was nonetheless intriguing. The two were Michigan state representatives, both Republican and both fiercely opposed to racial preferences. On speakerphone, they told Greve that they had learned about Carl Cohen’s research and wanted to do something with it.
2 36 A G AT H E R I N G S T O R M M ICHAEL G REVE WAS used to getting phone calls from people he didn’t know. After CIR’s success in Hopwood, he and Michael McDonald had received a slew of inquiries from people who wanted the firm to file lawsuits on their behalf. Greve had learned that the best approach was to promise nothing and ask callers to send information about their situation. CIR couldn’t afford to sue every school that used race in admissions. The group had to choose its battles. The call from Deborah Whyman and David Jaye was nonetheless intriguing.
T HE MAN G REVE had in mind was Terry Pell, a lawyer and philosopher whose style was as serious as Greve’s was flip. The two had met through their joint membership in the Telluride Association, a selfgoverning residential community at Cornell that brought together students studying a range of disciplines to foster intellectual inquiry and leadership skills. Fair-skinned with neatly parted blonde hair and a preference for starched white shirts, Pell was straight-laced in appearance as well as demeanor.