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Mansourian Case Goes to Trial

In their lawsuit, Mansourian v. Regents of the University of California, Arezou Mansourian and other former members of the University of California, Davis’s women’s wrestling team say that the university discriminated against them in violation of Title IX. Over the last decade, their case has gone through different courts to determine whether or not there was sufficient notice of the discrimination, not whether or not discrimination occurred. On May 23 they will at last have a hearing on the merits of the case. The case never would have reached this point without AAUW’s support. The trial will be held in federal court at 501 I St., Sacramento, California. It starts at 1:30 p.m. on May 23 in the courtroom of Judge Damrell and will continue beginning at 9 a.m. May 24–26, May 30–June 2, and June 6–9. Local AAUW members are encouraged to attend.

Wal-Mart v. Dukes

A decision from the U.S. Supreme Court on this LAF-supported case is expected in June.

Decision in Harris v. Baltimore

In early May, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit issued a ruling in the case of Lynette Harris, an electrician with the city of Baltimore who had sued for sexual harassment after being subjected to a work environment with sexually explicit pictures and language. AAUW signed onto an amicus brief supporting Harris’s case. The circuit court found that there was sufficient evidence of harassment, but it still affirmed the granting of summary judgment for the city on Harris’s failure to promote her claim. 

 LAF Conference Call

The LAF conference call held on Tuesday, May 3, 2011, was a great success. LAF Program Manager Holly Kearl and Regulatory Affairs Manager Beth Scott provided case support updates and information about new gender violence and harassment guidance from the Obama administration and related AAUW programs and activities, the successes of the LAF Campus Outreach Fund, and LAF fundraising news. To request a transcript of the call, contact

 Reminders: Do You Know the Score?

Have you made your plans to use LAF’s Title IX Compliance: Know the Score Program in a Box to investigate your local high school athletics programs? Jean Read, the sports equity chair for the AAUW San Jose (CA) Branch, talks about how easy it was to use this Program in a Box in an AAUW YouTube video clip

Case Support

LAF is actively reviewing new case support applications. If you would like to make a case recommendation, please contact Recommendation forms are accepted on a rolling basis.

Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to LAF to help balance the scales of justice for women.

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