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Suit against FAMU in the works



Maxwell An Orlando lawyer is preparing a lawsuit on behalf of several students who were recently academically dismissed from the FAMU College of Law. After the students complained, FAMU offered appeals hearings two weeks ago, but they were not the "evidentiary" hearings laid out in the student handbook, said attorney David Maxwell (left), who attended the hearings with six of his student-clients. Two of those students were allowed to continue their studies, but the other four were not, despite having academic records that were as good or better, Maxwell said.

Among other points, Maxwell told The Gradebook the suit will allege the law school is not complying with American Bar Association accreditation standards. (The law school, of course, is still seeking full accreditation.) He said he's had inquiries from other dismissed students, and is considering a class-action suit. Potential defendants include FAMU, the ABA and the U.S. Department of Education, he said.

- Ron Matus, state education reporter

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:22am]


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