University pays prof $120K in damages for denying him leadership roles on committees, etc.

11/7/2014: The ACLU has the good news here:

Washington State University is paying former journalism professor David Demers $120,000 to drop his five-year-old federal free-speech lawsuit against four WSU administrators.

“I am extremely pleased with the settlement,” Demers said. “It sends a strong message to university administrators that those who intend to violate professors’ free-speech rights will be held accountable.”

The bad news? Demers had to file for bankruptcy over his legal bills, and all this money goes to his lawyers. The other good news? These sorts of lawsuits now look like easy lucrative wins for lawyers.

On Monday, 3 November from 7-9 pm, there will be a presentation on identifying and challenging retaliation. The presentation will be held at the Wesley Foundation Campus Ministry (1236 Kincaid St). The primary speaker will be Eugene attorney Jennifer Middleton. This event is organized by the UO Coalition to End Sexual Violence.

Information on Ms Middleton’s credentials is here:

Shareholder Jennifer Middleton brings seventeen years of distinctive legal service, advancing and defending the rights of individuals in employment and civil rights matters including discrimination, wrongful termination, sexual harassment, disability rights, whistleblowing, and medical leave claims. … Prior to joining Johnson Johnson & Schaller, Jennifer served as an attorney at the Employment Law Center in San Francisco and for the American Civil Liberties Union at its New York headquarters, prosecuting civil rights claims nationwide. She currently serves as the President of Oregon’s ACLU Board of Directors.

Update: I attended this session. It was very educational.

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