Tenure does not guarantee a job for life, a federal appeals court has declared in affirming the dismissal of a former professor’s lawsuit against the Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Michigan.
Lynn Branham was fired in 2006 and sued, accusing the school of violating its internal procedures and the protections of the tenure system.
But a three-judge panel of the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit ruled in Cincinnati on Aug. 6 that Branham was not entitled to any job protections beyond her 12-month contact, even though she was a tenured faculty member.
Additionally, the appeals court agreed that a faculty tenure hearing held three years after Branham was initially fired fulfilled the school’s procedural obligations.
James Robb, Cooley’s senior counsel and associate dean for development and