Suing alma mater : higher education and the courts
- Olivas, Michael A.
- Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, c2013.
- Physical description
- xiii, 221 p. ; 24 cm.
KF4225 .O44 2013
- Unknown KF4225 .O44 2013
- Includes bibliographical references (p. -209) and index.
- A primer on higher education law in the United States
- A brief history of higher education litigation in the United States Supreme Court
- Making it to the Supreme Court and the rise of purposive organizations
- The traditional model of higher education in the litigation spotlight: United States v. Fordice
- Hopwood v. Texas: "a university may properly favor one applicant over another because of his ability to play the cello, make a downfield tackle, or understand chaos theory"
- Abrams v. Baylor College of Medicine: Jews need not apply
- Axson-Flynn v. Johnson: "talk to some other Mormon girls who are good Mormons, who don't have a problem with this"
- Location, location, location: Richards v. League of United Latin American Citizens and the cartography of colleges
- Clark v. Claremont University Center: "I mean, us white people have rights, too"
- The developing law of faculty discontent: the Garcetti effect.
- Publisher's Summary
- Although much has been written about U.S. Supreme Court decisions involving higher education, little has been said about the foundational case law and litigation patterns emerging from the lower courts. As universities become increasingly legislated, regulated, and litigious, campuses have become testing grounds for a host of constitutional challenges. From faculty and student free speech to race- or religion-based admissions policies, Suing Alma Mater describes the key issues at play in higher education law. Eminent legal scholar Michael A. Olivas considers higher education litigation in the latter half of the twentieth century and the rise of "purposive organizations, " like the American Civil Liberties Union and the Alliance Defense Fund (now known as the Alliance Defending Freedom), that exist to advance litigation. He reviews more than 120 college cases brought before the Supreme Court in the past fifty years and then discusses six key cases in depth. Suing Alma Mater provides a clear-eyed perspective on the legal issues facing higher education today.
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- Publication date
- Michael A. Olivas.