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UNO-SUNO Merger: Lawsuit Blasts Jindal, Stalls Regents Process
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The Board of Regents might postpone any future action on the proposed UNO-SUNO merger due to a lawsuit filed on Monday.  Below is a press release from the Fields Law Firm concerning the now current litigation.  As part of the litigation, the lawsuit claims that Governor Bobby Jindal has violated the Louisiana constitution in his appointments. 

On yesterday, seven (7) Southern University System students filed a legal action against Governor Bobby Jindal and the Board of Regents seeking a Temporary Restraining Order, Preliminary Injunction, and Declaratory Judgment declaring that the Board is unconstitutionally composed based on it’s current gender and racial make up.  La. Const. Art. 8, Sec. 5(A)(B)(1) provides for the qualifications of the 15 members of the Board of Regents who are appointed by the Governor.  This Constitutional Provision which was passed by both bodies of the Legislature and the majority of the people of this great state provides that “The board should be representative of the state's population by race and gender to ensure diversity” Governor Bobby Jindal, however ignored such constitutional requirements and removed all African-Americans and one woman replacing them with all white males.  

According to the most recent gender based data available at the time of this suit, the 2000 Census, the state’s gender population is 51.6% female; However, females only represent 26% of woman on the board (4 out of 15 appointed members).  Also, according to the most recent Census’ numbers, the 2010 Census the state’s population is made up of 37.44% racial minorities.  However, there are currently no appointed racial minorities on this Board.

At this time, the Board of Regents is restrained from taking any further action concerning  any merger of SUNO and UNO, conducting any study, or scheduling and holding any hearings and meetings on this issue.  A hearing will take place on February 24, 2011 at 1:30 p.m. to determine if a Preliminary Injunction should issue pending the full disposition of the case.  The Attorneys for the plaintiffs are Cleo Fields and Katrina Jackson.

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1. Students file lawsuit against Jindal, Board of Regents
 

2. UNO-SUNO Merger: Lawsuit Blasts Jindal, Stalls Regents Process
 

3. UNO-SUNO study halted

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6. Regents hear comments on SUNO-UNO proposal
 

7. Regents consultant paints a bleak picture of higher education in New Orleans
 

8. Regents to hear merger remarks
 

9. La. Democratic chairman opposes SUNO/UNO merger
 

10. La. Democratic Party opposes merger plan
 

11. Louisiana Democratic Party opposes UNO-SUNO merger
 

12. Louisiana Politics: Buddy Caldwell, Elections, Breaux, Livingston Tauzin
 

13. Jindal Wants Single Board For Louisiana’s High Education, Calls For Reform
 

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