Legal Dispute Pits Washington State U.'s Journalism School Against Free-Speech Groups

Washington State U. Dispute Pits Journalism School Against Free-Speech Groups

David K. Demers, a tenured associate professor, is appealing a federal judge's ruling dismissing his lawsuit alleging illegal retaliation for protected speech. The American Association of University Professors and the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression have jointly submitted a brief weighing in on his behalf.

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David K. Demers, a tenured associate professor, is appealing a federal judge's ruling dismissing his lawsuit alleging illegal retaliation for protected speech. The American Association of University Professors and the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression have jointly submitted a brief weighing in on his behalf.

Washington State University's college of journalism has found itself at odds with groups that advocate a First Amendment right to academic freedom after persuading a federal district court to adopt a limited view of the speech rights of faculty members at public colleges.

The case is now pending before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and expected to be heard in the fall. In a friend-of-the-court brief submitted to that court last month, the American Association of