March 14 (Reuters) - An age discrimination lawsuit
against Georgetown University Law Center has survived an effort
by the university to knock it out of court.
In federal court on Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Ellen Segal
Huvelle denied Georgetown's motion to dismiss 62-year-old
Nicholas Spaeth's claims that the law school violated federal
and District of Columbia laws when it failed to offer
tenure-track teaching job.
"It... remains plausible that Georgetown could be liable for
age discrimination," Huvelle wrote in the opinion.
Spaeth, the former state attorney general of North Dakota,
filed the lawsuit last July against Georgetown and five other
law schools, alleging they violated the Age Discrimination in
Employment Act and other laws when he was not offered a position
Last month, Huvelle ruled to split up the lawsuit, sending
claims against five of the six law schools to courts in their
home districts. Only the Georgetown case remains before her
"We are not surprised, but we are pleased that the court
recognized that (Spaeth) has what we believe are strong
discrimination claims," said Lynne Bernabei of Bernabei &
Wachtel, an attorney for Spaeth.
Kara Tershel, a spokeswoman for Georgetown Law, declined to
comment on the case.
Spaeth served as North Dakota's attorney general from 1985
to 1993. He earned his J.D. from Stanford Law School in 1977 and
previously taught law at University of Minnesota Law School and
University of Missouri School of Law.
The other five law schools Spaeth is suing are: Michigan
State University College of Law, the University of Missouri
School of Law, the University of California Hastings College of
the Law, the University of Iowa College of Law and the
University of Maryland School of Law.
Spaeth is seeking court orders calling on each defendant law
school to offer him a tenure-track teaching position,
compensation for future lost wages and other damages.
The case is Spaeth v. Georgetown University, United States
District Court, District of Columbia, No. 11-1376.
For Nicholas Spaeth: Lynne Bernabei and Alan Robert Kabat of
Bernabei & Wachtel.
For Georgetown University: William David Nussbaum of Hogan
(Reporting by Moira Herbst)
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