Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Mabry Resignation Raises Questions at Stanfors Law

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Mabry Resignation Raises Questions at Stanfors Law

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STANFORD, Calif-The resignation of a popular Black law professor has raised new questions about Stanford Law School's ability to retain minority and female faculty.

Professor Linda Mabry, who taught international business law here for six years, left abruptly in late December. Her resignation was prompted by what she described as the law school's "inhospitable environment" for minorities.

Mabry accused the law school of engaging "in a pattern of practicing bias that demeans, devalues, marginalizes, and excludes people of color," according to a report in the San Francisco Chronicle.

Despite an extensive background in international business law in both government and private practice, she says she was overlooked as a potential candidate to head the school's new Transnational Business Law program.

When the school first began seeking grant money for the program two years ago, Mabry said she was "rolled out for the dog-and-pony show as the token minority." She says she felt betrayed when she was not notified that the program was established and that Associate Dean Thomas Heller was put in charge.

Mabry, 47, is one of 15 female professors and researchers at Stanford who have complained to the U.S. Labor Department that the university violates a federal anti-discrimination law in the hiring and promotion of women. …

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