Thursday, September 22, 2022
Former Texas Southern Dean Sues Law School Over Loss Of Tenure
Following up on my previous posts (links below): Houston Chronicle, Former Texas Southern University Law School Dean Sues School Over Loss of Tenure:
Texas Southern University’s former law school dean sued her ex-employer in federal court Wednesday, alleging that she was stripped of her position and tenure without cause.
Joan R. M. Bullock has also accused the university of breaching her contract and retaliating for bringing to the president and provost “matters of public concern” — including ones that she said could potentially affect the school’s ability to remain accredited.
“This affects me in a dramatic way,” Bullock said. “I believe in (Texas Southern’s) mission and its goals, and now it is putting me in an awkward position in looking for other employment. I think it is highly unfair what they have done.” ...
Bullock arrived in 2019 at the Historically Black University as the law school's first female dean. At the time, the Thurgood Marshall School of Law was working to repair its academic standing and reputation following a public censure for reports of gender discrimination and sexual harassment, as well as compliance issues related to low bar scores.
While passing rates remained the same or only slightly improved over the next few years, the law school returned to compliance with its accreditor, the American Bar Association. (Neither of the two classes she admitted have taken the bar exam, yet, she said.) Bullock also steered the ship as the school uncovered and responded to a pay-for-admissions scandal, which ousted an assistant dean and led to the toppling of the university president.
Update: ABA Journal, Former Law School Dean Sues Texas University Over Loss of Tenure
Prior TaxProf Blog coverage:
- ABA Censures Texas Southern Law School Following Gender Discrimination Complaint By Associate Dean (July 22, 2017)
- Admissions Scandal At Texas Southern Law School Leads To President's Ouster (Feb. 10, 2020)
- ABA: Texas Southern Law School Remains Out Of Compliance With Accreditation Standards (Mar. 5, 2020)
- ABA Finds Texas Southern Law School Out Of Compliance With Admissions Accreditation Standard Amidst Fraud Investigation (May 22, 2020)
- Texas Southern Law School Gave $2 Million In Aid To Unqualified Students (June 3, 2020)
- ABA: Four Law Schools Are Back In Compliance With 75% Bar Passage Accreditation Requirement (Mar. 1, 2021)
- Texas Southern Law School Replaces Dean After Less Than Three Years Amidst Continued Bar Challenges, Fallout From Admissions Scandal (June 21, 2022)