Appeals Court Revives Bias Suit Against DC Law School

December 26, 2014

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia has revived a lawsuit, dismissed by a lower court, charging the law school of the University of the District of Columbia with race and gender discrimination against Stephanie Brown, a black woman who was denied tenure. The ruling did not cover the merits of the case, in which the university denies wrongdoing. The ruling noted that Brown had published one journal article and had another accepted at the point at which she was denied tenure. And while this output falls short of the law school's three-publication requirement for tenure, she said that a white male candidate hadn't published anything, but was awarded tenure based on other contributions to the law school. The court ruled that this was enough evidence to merit full consideration of her claims by the lower court.



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