Ian Cooper Wins Appeal in Disability Discrimination Case Against University

Feb 11, 2015

Ian Cooper has won an appeal in a discrimination case brought by a doctoral student against Southern Illinois University and three faculty members who served on his doctoral committee.   In Novak v. Board of Trustees of Southern Illinois University, et al., the doctoral student claimed that he was discriminated against on the basis of a disability.   After Ian defeated the student’s claims in the district court, the student appealed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.   Ian argued the appeal on December 9, 2014, and on February 10, 2015, the Court issued its unanimous opinion affirming the judgment entered against the student by the district court.

Tueth Keeney represents numerous public and private colleges and universities and community colleges throughout Missouri and Illinois in a wide variety of matters including compliance, employment, immigration, and litigation matters.

Ian Cooper is a founding Shareholder of Tueth, Keeney, Cooper, Mohan & Jackstadt, P.C.   Ian practices in the areas of employment, higher education, commercial, and tort litigation and regularly serves as lead trial and appellate counsel in significant employment, tort and commercial cases, including class actions and other complex litigation in Missouri and Illinois.   Ian is member of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and is Chairman of the Firm.