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The Trials of Academe: The New Era of Campus Litigation

reviewed by Richard Fossey - December 08, 2009

coverTitle: The Trials of Academe: The New Era of Campus Litigation
Author(s): Amy Gajda
Publisher: Harvard University Press, Cambridge
ISBN: 0674035674, Pages: 360, Year: 2009
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Amy Gajda’s recent book, The Trials of Academe, is a comprehensive and well-researched examination of the impact of litigation on the higher education community in recent years. Gajda argues that a growing trend toward resolving campus disputes in the courts poses a substantial threat to the integrity of academic self-governance. In chapter after chapter, Gajda analyzes and interprets legal trends in higher education litigation. Her survey of academic freedom litigation is particularly lucid and useful, spanning the period between the Supreme Court’s 1957 decision in Sweezy v. New Hampshire and its affirmative action decision in Grutter v. Bollinger (2003), in which the Court paid deference to a university law school’s admission decisions.   Throughout her book, Gajda illustrates her thesis with examples of particularly troubling lawsuits in which judges rendered decisions on issues that once were decided almost exclusively by professors and college administrators. For example, in Atria v. Vanderbilt University... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: December 08, 2009
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15868, Date Accessed: 1/25/2021 1:58:25 AM

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  • Richard Fossey
    University of North Texas
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    RICHARD FOSSEY is a Professor and Senior Policy Researcher at the Center for the Study of Education Reform at the University of North Texas, where he teaches school law and higher education law in the College of Education. Currently, he is working with Professor Ron Wilhelm on a co-edited book entitled We Are All Decent People: Undocumented Hispanic Immigration in the United States.
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