August 3, 2010
Director of Duquesne Tax Clinic Sues Dean for Sexual HarassmentLast week, Alice Stewart, Director of the Low-Income Tax Practicum at Duquesne, filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the law school alleging that she was the victim of sexual harassment and retaliation by Dean Kenneth Gormley (video here). Among the allegations are that the Dean interfered with her obtaining a low income tax clinic grant from the IRS and improperly changed her title from "Clinical Professor of Law” to "Director of the Low-Income Tax Practicum” The law school also faces two other discrimination suits by faculty members: (1) Vanessa Browne-Barbour claims she was denied consideration for the interim deanship on racial and gender grounds; and (2) Kellen McClendon claims he was denied consideration for the deanship on racial grounds.
- ABA Journal, Ex-Law Prof Alleges Harassment by Duquesne Law Dean
- Law Librarian Blog, Duquesne Law School Hit With Discrimination Suits
- Leiter's Law School Reports, Suing the Law Schools
- MSNBC, Duquesne Law Faculty Member Claims Sexual Harassment
- Pittsburgh Channel, Duquesne Law Faculty Member Claims Sexual Harassment
- Pittsburgh City Paper, Black and White Issue
- Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Former Duquesne Faculty Member Files Suit Against University
Prior TaxProf Blog coverage of troubles at Duquesne:
- Duquesne Dean Resigns After Given 24-Hours Notice to Resign or be Fired; Tenure Battle, Lack of Faculty Scholarship Cited as Reasons (Dec. 11, 2008)
- U.S. News Rankings, Lack of Faculty Scholarship Blamed for Duquesne Dean's Firing (Dec. 23, 2008)
- NY Times on Abrupt Firing of Duquesne Law Dean (Dec. 26, 2008)
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If only there was some field of study to help Duquesne avoid or defend employment complaints.
It may be hard to prove discrimination when everyone is treated equally bad.
Posted by: Woody | Aug 3, 2010 9:42:54 PM