Manes v. Dallas Baptist College

638 S.W.2d 143 (1982)

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Manes v. Dallas Baptist College

Texas Court of Appeals
638 S.W.2d 143 (1982)

Facts

Charles Manes (plaintiff), a tenured professor at Dallas Baptist College (Dallas Baptist) (defendant), was terminated for alleged insubordination. Manes’s contract listed subordination and incompetence as grounds for termination. Importantly, the contract allowed faculty members to appeal the decision to the campus administration, and it provided that any action taken by the board of trustees was final. Manes filed a suit against Dallas Baptist, alleging breach of contract. A trial court granted Dallas Baptist’s motion for summary judgment. In arguing that judicial review should be precluded, Dallas Baptist’s motion for summary judgment referred to Dallas Baptist’s internal review process as common-law arbitration. The trial court’s final order did not use this term. Manes appealed the decision.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Akin, J.)

Dissent (Sparling, J.)

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