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Civil Rights Appellate Clinic News

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The Penn State Civil Rights Appellate Clinic filed an amici curiae brief with the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights in Township of Mount Holly v. Mt.
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Months of legal research and writing resulted in a significant win on appeal for ADA plaintiff and engineer Theresa Ellis, assisted by students in the Penn State Law Civil Rights Appellate Clinic.
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The National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA) asked the Penn State Law Civil Rights Appellate Clinic to draft an amici curiae brief in University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center v. Nassar, set for argument on April 24 before the Supreme Court; what surprised even clinic students was the number of other organizations that signed onto the brief: eighteen.
The U.S. Supreme Court will be considering briefs from Professors David Kaye, Eileen Kane, and Bob Rains as well as the Civil Rights Appellate Clinic in four different cases this term.
Most cases handled by the Civil Rights Appellate Clinic are student-identified ones in which they think the clinic could play an important role. Not so in a case on appeal before the U.S. Third Circuit in which the clinic was appointed as amicus in a suit under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
Students in the Civil Rights Appellate Clinic are awaiting a decision by the U.S. Supreme Court in the case Vance v. Ball State University, which could have a widespread impact on how employment discrimination cases are handled throughout the country. At issue in the case is whether the person who allegedly harassed Vance qualifies as a "supervisor" under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.