Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Following up on my prior posts (links below): an Iowa trial court yesterday denied
the University of Iowa College of Law's motion for summary judgment in an age discrimination lawsuit filed by Donald Dobkin
, 56, a professor at Central Michigan University
and a partner in a Troy Michigan immigration law boutique law firm
. Mr. Dobkin complains that Iowa refused to even interview him after he responded to an ad in the AALS placement bulletin seeking a tenured or tenure-track faculty member to teach administrative law and immigration law. Mr. Dobkin notes
Assuming we can get to a jury, Iowa has a problem, because at the end of the day we will turn the trial into a question of who is more competent to teach immigration and administrative law. Is it the two younglings who had no practice experience in the field, had no or few publications in either field or myself--a candidate with 7000 cases under his belt, a graduate degree in law from an elite school, and more publications in the field than both candidates combined? Can you imagine a prospective juror, let's say a plumber from Iowa working 6 days a week to put his son through law school listening to all of this. Who do you think he is going to favor to teach his son to become a future lawyer--someone with mega practice experience and the scholarly credentials to boot--or the two neophytes who were offered the position?