Although the nation’s largest law school saw an end to one protracted legal battle earlier this year, it now has another court fight on its hands that alleges nepotism involving a Michigan appeals court judge who sits on its board of directors.

A former associate dean at Thomas M. Cooley Law School charges that the school fired her because she would not agree to hire the husband of Michigan Court of Appeals Judge Jane E. Markey. The plaintiff in the case, Lynn Branham, said that she and other faculty members refused to approve the appointment of Markey’s husband, who is now a tenure-track professor at Cooley.

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