Southwestern Legal Foundation Files Lawsuit Against UCLA Administrators On Behalf of History Lecturer Being Discriminated Against For Perceived Pro-Israel Bias

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Los Angeles, CA (March 15, 2007) – Southwestern Legal Foundation (SLF),
a Los Angeles-based advocacy group dedicated to defending individual
rights protected by the U.S. Constitution will file a lawsuit against
the Regents of the University of California and individual
administrators – on behalf of UCLA lecturer Orna Kenan. SLF President,
Patrick Manshardt, represents Kenan, in the matter.

The basis for the action is that Kenan’s constitutional right to free
speech and to be free from political discrimination in public employment
have been and are currently being violated by UCLA administrators.

Orna Kenan, an Israeli-American, who was a lecturer in the History
Department for six years at UCLA, was recently stripped of her duties as
a lecturer because administrators viewed her as having a pro-Israeli
bias.

UCLA’s original process for determining Kenan’s retention and tenure was
tainted by the presence of biased administrators. The original process
was conducted so badly, that the faculty’s union demanded it be done
over. But in the second process, UCLA kept the identity of the decision
makers and the proceedings secret.

“Ms. Kenan was being discriminated against by administrators who are
well-known Palestinian sympathizers who refuse to tolerate an opposing
point of view,” Manshardt said. Added Manshardt, “UCLA should be a
place where academic freedom is strictly observed, not were dissent or
politically correct views are squelched.”

Manshardt concluded, “the Israeli-Palestinian conflict should be left in
the Middle East and should not spill over to the making of personnel
decisions at a public university in this country.”

The lawsuit will be filed on March 12, 2007 at the Central Los Angeles
County Courthouse. A Press Conference will be held at 2 pm on March 16,
2007 at the Los Angeles County Courthouse Grand Avenue entrance.

Southwestern Legal Foundation, founded recently in Los Angeles, is a
legal defense organization set up to defend individual liberties
guaranteed by the Constitution against government encroachment. SLF
strives to strengthen the foundation of a free society and ensure that
public policy is grounded within constitutional limitations and common
sense.

For Information Contact:
Patrick Manshardt
213.688.4045 (Voice)
213.688.4050 (Fax)
[email protected]

Southwestern Legal Foundation Files Lawsuit Against UCLA Administrators On Behalf of History Lecturer Being Discriminated Against For Perceived Pro-Israel Bias

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