Saturday, January 24, 2009

too conservative for Iowa, alleges legal writing candidate in discrimination suit

The TaxProf Blog posted a story today about Teresa R. Wagner, an employee of the University of Iowa College of Law Writing Resource Center, who has sued the law school and its dean, Carolyn Jones, for rejecting her from consideration for a legal writing faculty position because of her conservative political views. From the Chronicle of Higher Education and Des Moines Register:

She argues that affiliations listed on her résumé, including stints with groups like the National Right to Life Committee, did her in with a liberal-leaning faculty. To bolster her case, the lawsuit dissects the political affiliations of the approximately 50 faculty members who vote on law-school faculty hires; 46 of them are registered as Democrats and only one, hired 20 years ago, is a Republican, the lawsuit states. Ms. Wagner also says that a law-school associate dean suggested that she conceal her affiliation with a conservative law school [Ave Maria] and later told her not to apply for any more faculty positions.

"She just wants to make it known that conservatives need not apply," Wagner's lawyer, Stephen Fieweger of Moline, Ill., said. "Liberals talk about diversity, except when it comes to bringing in a different, conservative point of view."

The Chicago Tribune reports that Dean Jones has denied the discrimination allegations, stating that the school found other applicants more qualified for the post than Wagner.

For more about the case, check these links:

hat tip: Paul Caron and TaxProf Blog

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