Salaita Update: American Jewish Committee Denied Amicus by U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

The issue of naming John Doe donour defendants in Professor Steven Salaita’s lawsuit against the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, was one of the more creative and interesting aspects of this case. Donour pressure has frequently been a fulcrum in suppressing academic freedom as institutions run for cover when controversy arises, and the corporate university fears a loss of contributions. When financial gifts are at risk, academic freedom is at greater risk. The United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois ruling today, as revealed below, appears to be an attenuation of efforts to remove major financial givers from any legal responsibility for their actions.

According to the Center for Constitutional Rights:

3 thoughts on “Salaita Update: American Jewish Committee Denied Amicus by U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

  1. This ruling is purely a procedural issue: since the AJC doesn’t represent the donors, it could only file as amicus. But amicus briefs are highly unusual in a non-appellate case. I fully expect the donor issue to be dropped by the litigants, or dismissed by a judge, after the emails are released. Otherwise, I would be alarmed at the “creative” idea of donors to a university being sued for expressing their opinions.

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