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A former associate dean at Thomas M. Cooley Law School has filed a lawsuit alleging that the school fired her for not voting to hire the spouse of one of its board of director members. Lynn Branham, former associate dean at the Michigan law school’s Grand Rapids campus and tenured member of its faculty, contends that dean Don LeDuc increased her workload in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Michigan state law after she refused to recommend that the school hire a board member’s spouse. Branham, whose July 2 complaint states that she has epilepsy, asserts that she was removed from teaching subjects in which she had expertise and was assigned to unfamiliar subjects as a result of her failure to support the hiring. Her lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan, claims intentional infliction of emotional distress and breach of contract. Branham’s attorney, H. Rhett Pinsky in Grand Rapids could not be reached for comment. A spokesman for the law school declined to comment on pending litigation. Branham has a law degree from University of Chicago Law School and served as a visiting professor at the University of Illinois College of Law.

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