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Law Student Who Flunked Out of Florida Coastal Loses Disability Appeal

Posted Sep 15, 2010 8:00 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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A former law student who sued Florida Coastal School of Law for failing to accommodate her depression and other disabilities has lost her federal appeal.

The Atlanta-based 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a judge’s dismissal of a lawsuit filed by Judith Meisenhelder, who suffered from depression, migraine headaches and an eating disorder, according to the Florida Times-Union blog The Gavel. Meisenhelder was dismissed from the school in 2008 for failing to maintain the required grades.

The trial judge had ruled Meisenhelder failed to show she suffered from a disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act. The judge went one step further, finding that even if there was a disability, there was no showing that the school had failed to accommodate it.

The 11th Circuit found no error in those findings in an unpublished opinion (PDF).

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