April 2, 2010
Judge Dismisses Claim by Unsuccessful Iowa Legal Writing Faculty Candidate Alleging Discrimination Due to Her Conservative Views
I previously blogged the lawsuit filed by Teresa R. Wagner, Associate Director of the University of Iowa College of Law Writing Resource Center, against the school and Dean (and Tax Prof) Carolyn Jones, claiming that she was twice rejected for a legal writing faculty position because of her conservative political views. Today's National Law Journal reports:
The University of Iowa College of Law is on a wining streak — at least when it comes to defending against claims of employment discrimination.
A federal judge on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit brought against Dean Carolyn Jones by a legal writing instructor who claimed she lost out on a tenured faculty position because of her politically conservative views. The same judge dismissed a suit against the law school in December brought by a Michigan attorney who claimed the school illegally passed him over for a faculty job in favor of younger candidates.
- Chronicle of Higher Education, Court Clears U. of Iowa Law Dean of Political Bias in Hiring
- The Daily Iowan, Court Clears Law Dean of Bias
- Iowa City Press-Citizen, Court Clears UI Law School of Bias
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But none of this means they don't discriminate, only that it's difficult to prove. Taxprof will soon publish data on entry level and lateral hiring for 2010. See how many of the new hires are over 50; my guess is it won't be many.
Posted by: mike livingston | Apr 2, 2010 9:28:14 AM
The judge was nominated by Ronald Reagan, so it must have been an honest decision based upon inability to prove the case, even though discrimination against conservatives in university hiring and retention is so widely accepted. Just ask this guy -- also here.
Posted by: Woody | Apr 2, 2010 10:08:38 AM