August 24, 2009
Institutional Age Discrimination In The Legal Academy
I am sorry to say that most professors realize that there is institutional age discrimination in the faculty hiring process.Schools prefer candidates with just a few years of practice. They advertise for specialists in particular fields, but prefer newly minted P.h.D's. Proving this is another matter as the faculty that is hired always has steller credentials.
Now, one lawyer is trying. The August 20, 2009 National Law Journal reported on a a Michigan attorney who hit the University of Iowa College of Law with a discrimination lawsuit charging that the school passed him over for a faculty job in favor of younger contenders.
I, of course, no nothing about this case. However, I am sure that law schools around the country are watching it-as they should.
Mitchell H. Rubinstein
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