When in doubt, sue

by E Wayne Ross on September 22, 2009

Inside Higher Ed: ‘The Trials of Academe’

When in doubt, sue. That philosophy has become an expected part of American society and (to the frustration of many in higher education) academe as well. A new book — The Trials of Academe: The New Era of Campus Litigation (Harvard University Press) — combines humor and history to examine the impact (most of it negative) of academic disputes landing in court. Amy Gajda, the author, is assistant professor of journalism and law at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She responded via e-mail to questions about her book.