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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Not post-racial at the University of Florida Levin College of Law


Sherrie Russell-Brown, a former law professor at the University of Florida Levin College of LawDean Robert H. Jerry, the University of Florida and its board of trustees as defendants. has filed a racial and sexual discrimination lawsuit against the school and its dean. Her allegations could force the entire faculty to face discovery and a potential trial on actions taken against her and statements made in faculty meetings. She has named

Russell-Brown, an African-American, was passed over for tenure for what she alleges were racial reasons.

Among the allegations, Russell-Brown says that faculty objected to the selection of a black dean because alumni would not relate to an African American. She also says that one professor shoved her

from behind into a white board. She includes alleged references by one professor in class to “a gay Jew” and “a gay Buddhist.” She also says that a professor called one East Asian candidate “Deepak” even though that was not his name and allegedly referred to him being from “India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka or whatever.”

Those types of allegations would need to be strengthened in discovery to make out a discrimination claim. She will need to show tolerance or even encouragement for such views. Dean Jerry’s response to past allegations will be central to this discovery. More HERE

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