American University’s student-led newspaper, The Eagle, reports that Carolyn Brown, an assistant professor in AU’s School of Communication, is appealing Provost Scott Bass’s decision to deny her tenure.  In her appeal, Professor Brown asserts that she was unfairly denied tenure in retaliation for her activism on race and gender issues on AU’s campus, and for […]

Continue Reading

We are pleased to report that the D.C. Superior Court Judge John Mott recently denied the defendant’s summary judgement motion in an employment discrimination case brought against American University.  Lynne Bernabei, Christopher Sousa, and Kristen Sinisi took the lead in representing Ms. Ivancin, although nearly all of our attorneys and law clerks have pitched in […]

Continue Reading

Inside Higher Education recently wrote about two of our clients, both of whom were recently denied tenure at American University. Even though they were both recommended for tenure by their departments, at the school and university level, and by the outside evaluators, the provost unilaterally rejected their tenure applications, incorrectly claiming their […]

Continue Reading

Bernabei & Wachtel represents an American University professor who was denied tenure in May of 2012. Maria Ivancin is suing for age discrimination after teaching in the School of Communication’s Department of Public Communication for 10 years.

Despite significant support from other influential members of American University, Provost Scott Bass claimed she failed to […]

Continue Reading

Inside Higher Ed recently reported on the tenure denial case brought by Maria Ivancin, a client of our firm. Ms. Ivancin, who had extensive professional and practical experience in the communications field, and positive reviews in her work while on the tenure track, was approved for tenure […]

Continue Reading

The U.S. District Court recently denied the motion of Georgetown University to dismiss the age discrimination claims filed by our client, Nicholas Spaeth. Mr. Spaeth has several decades’ experience in tax law, administrative law, and corporate law, arising from his extensive experience as general counsel for several Fortune 500 corporations, as well as Attorney General […]

Continue Reading

The National Law Journal published an opinion piece by Nicholas Spaeth, a firm client, discussing the inherent age discrimination and bias in law school faculty hiring.

“While the AALS and its members proudly boast of their nondiscriminatory policies — including those against age
discrimination — the truth of the matter […]

Continue Reading

Bernabei & Wachtel represents a former state Attorney General of North Dakota who has a long and distinguished career in both government and private practice, and has taught as an adjunct law professor. Based on his experience, he decided to apply for tenure-track positions at law schools, but was consistently turned down for interviews at […]

Continue Reading