Scholars File Amicus Brief in Supreme Court in Manning v. Jones

National Association of Scholars

NEW YORK, NY, April 26, 2018  – The National Association of Scholars (NAS) has filed an amicus brief along with The Reason Foundation and a dozen legal scholars and attorneys asking the Supreme Court to hear the case of Teresa Manning versus the University of Iowa College of Law and the former Dean, Carolyn Jones. Counsel of Record is Ken Cuccinelli.

Ms. Manning has argued that the former Iowa College of Law Dean, Carolyn Jones, refused to hire her as a law professor of legal research and writing because of her pro-life and other socially conservative views, and in doing so, violated the First Amendment.

NAS has followed this case since 2010, when it published an article drawing attention to it and provided links to relevant key documents in the public record. One of the documents is a written admission that professors may have opposed Ms. Manning (formerly Ms. Wagner) “because they so despise her politics.”

“The next step in Teresa Manning’s long pursuit of justice is for the Supreme Court to take her case,” said NAS President Peter Wood.

Quoted in the amicus brief is George Dent, NAS Board of Directors member and Case Western Reserve University emeritus professor of law, who wrote, “Law school faculties tilt heavily to the political left; and there is no plausible explanation for this tilt other than discrimination against scholars who are politically incorrect.”

Wood said, “This case presents an opportunity for the Supreme Court to reaffirm the First Amendment’s rightful place in higher education and to rectify the injustice of viewpoint discrimination that a staggering number of conservative and libertarian faculty members face on American college campuses.”

NAS is proud to stand by Teresa Manning in her quest for justice, and exhorts the Supreme Court to take up her case.

NAS is a network of scholars and citizens united by a commitment to academic freedom, disinterested scholarship, and excellence in American higher education. Membership in NAS is open to all who share a commitment to these broad principles. NAS publishes a journal and has state and regional affiliates. Visit NAS at www.nas.org.

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