Friday, January 10, 2014
National Law Journal, Professor Alleges Law School Violated ADA, by Karen Sloan:
A longtime professor at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago has filed suit, claiming administrators violated the Americans With Disabilities Act when they declined to accommodate his depression and Asperger’s syndrome.
Joel Cornwell has taught at the school since 1985 but was suspended from teaching and barred from campus in October following a series of dustups with students and administrators that he attributes to his mild form of Asperger’s. He says the condition makes it difficult for him to pick up on nonverbal cues and impairs his social interactions.
Cornwell filed suit on Jan. 31 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, seeking reinstatement, past wages and damages for emotional distress. ...
According to Cornwell’s complaint, his problems began in February 2011 when he engaged in an angry exchange with maintenance staff after they repeatedly failed to configure a classroom properly for his seminar course. ... Problems surfaced again in October, when Cornwell lost his temper in class and chastised two students for being unprepared, according to court records.