LDM attorneys Craig Martin and Jason Grams convinced a jury that their client, a local university, did not discriminate against one of its students. The student alleged that he was removed from the Nursing Program because of his disability. The university disagreed, asserting that the student was removed from the Nursing Program because he failed to meet the expectations of a senior nursing student.
The trial took four days to complete, and involved numerous exhibits and testimony from administrators, professors and students. The jury returned a unanimous verdict in favor of the university.
Discrimination claims against educational institutions, like those against employers, are difficult because of the sympathies engendered by a plaintiff. LDM and the university were pleased that the jury looked beyond these sympathies and to the facts underlying the university’s decision to remove the student from the Nursing Program.