Dumb, but not as dumb as some of you...
So much here to entertain.... A student at SIU's law school claims that it was unfair that she was dropped from law school due to her 1.495 GPA. There were others who had lower GPA's who were readmitted, but she was the only one who wasn't Causcasian:
A former law student has sued Southern Illinois University Carbondale, claiming the school discriminated against her by re- enrolling others with worse grades, but not her.
Lisa D. Rittenhouse was one of six law students dropped last year for poor academic performance, she claims in her federal suit.
After her first year in law school, Rittenhouse posted a grade point average of 1.948, just shy of the school's required 1.95 GPA but better than the other students' GPAs, she alleges.
The students later applied for readmission, but only Rittenhouse was denied, she says in her suit, filed in East St. Louis, Ill.
Rittenhouse claims the law school discriminated against her because she has learning disabilities, including attention deficit disorder with hyperactivity and dyslexia, and is bipolar. She also claims reverse discrimination because four of the readmitted students are minorities and she is white.
The law school's attorney, Ian P. Cooper of Tueth, Keeney, Cooper, Mohan & Jackstadt in Clayton, said Rittenhouse didn't allege a pattern, practice or policy that would support discrimination claims.
Rittenhouse has a "heavy burden" to show there was discriminatory intent on the part of those reviewing her application for readmission, Cooper said, and "we haven't seen any support at all for any such claim."
The Academic Standards Committee, which considered Rittenhouse's request for readmission, followed the law school's policies and procedures, he said. The school has filed a motion to dismiss the suit on the bases of immunity and insufficient pleadings.
God, I love lawyers!
First, who here would like to hire an attorney who may be debilitated by her low GPA?
How about her claims of ADHD? Would you like to hire an attorney who is dyslexic? Bipolar? Does that make one an effective attorney? But of course, we are putting the cart before the horse, here, because let me point out that this lady has not even made it out of law school, much less past the bar exam.
Is there such a thing as being too disabled for a certain job? Is this person suited for the profession of attorney? What are the requirements of an attorney? Is the ability to read and digest a large amount of written information a prerequisite for the profession?
Meanwhile,is she being discriminated against due to her racial background, and if so, what does this indicate about fairness in current American society?
Lots of questions. Not a lot of answers.