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The Trials of Academe

The New Era of Campus Litigation

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$50.00 • £43.95 • €45.95

ISBN 9780674035676

Publication Date: 10/30/2009


360 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches


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[A] terrific new book.—Stanley Fish, The New York Times (online)

Gajda considers how the more general litigation revolution has affected academia, with students and professors turning increasingly to the courts to resolve issues over grades, claims made in research and scholarship, teacher evaluations, etc.… [A] lively, readable book.—D. Yalof, Choice

Run, do not walk, to get this book—a great read on a wonderful topic. Amy Gajda is a terrific writer, generous but with real critical bite. For all her irreverent and funny style, her case that academic decisions are increasingly out of academic hands is persuasive and provocative.—Michael Olivas, author of The Law and Higher Education

No other book tells us so much about the range of legal disputes facing the academy, and certainly not in such an engaging style, with lots of stories about real cases. Looking at disputes in such disparate areas as defamation, intellectual property, civil rights, and contract, Gajda makes a compelling argument that professors, students, and the courts have lost their traditional deference to academic judgment and principles of academic freedom. It’s a valuable and fascinating history of the increasingly litigious academic climate we see today.—Corynne McSherry, author of Who Owns Academic Work?

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