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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

NLJ: Former Profs Accuse Atlanta's John Marshall Law School of Bias, Retaliation

John Marshall AtlantaNational Law Journal:  Former Profs Accuse Atlanta's John Marshall Law School of Bias, Retaliation:

Two former associate professors at Atlanta's John Marshall Law School have filed lawsuits alleging that their teaching contracts were not renewed in 2011 because of racial discrimination and retaliation.

Kamina Pinder, an African-American woman, accused the school of a history of giving minority women the least desirable teaching assignments and dissuading them from seeking tenure. Scott Sigman, a white man, claimed he was fired in retaliation for raising concerns about the administration's handling of personal matters and unfair grading. ...

Dean Richardson Lynn ... said he opted not to renew either Pinder's or Sigman's teaching contract because of their plans to launch a private business called Law School Advantage, aimed at helping to prepare incoming law students. He feared a potential conflict of interest, given that the enterprise would take time away from their teaching at John Marshall and that the school might pursue a similar program in the future, he said. The faculty handbook prohibits professors from starting outside businesses, although it does permit some types of outside consulting, he said.

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