By Yevgeny Shrago
Frank D. LoMonte is the executive director of the Student Press Law Center. Before joiningthe SPLC, he practiced with the law firm of Sutherland Asbill & Brennan, he clerked for twofederal judges, and he worked as an investigative journalist and political columnist.
When 51-year-old Alabama nursing student Judith Heenan repeatedly complained to her instructors about inequities in the grading and disciplinary system in her graduate program, she anticipated some disapproval.
What she didn’t anticipate was being thrown out of the program for complaining – and then being told by a federal district judge that her complaints were entitled to no greater constitutional protection than those of a 15-year-old high school newspaper columnist.
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