Southern Methodist University Association of Women Law Students v. Wynne and Jaffe
United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
599 F.2d 707 (5th Cir. 1979)
The Southern Methodist University Association of Women Law Students (Association) and Lawyers A, B, C, and D (A-D) (plaintiffs) brought suit against two law firms (defendants), alleging that the defendants discriminated against women in their hiring of summer law clerks. A-D sought to keep their names anonymous so as not to face retaliation from their current employers or a state bar that “does not like lawyers who sue other lawyers.” The defendants served interrogatories seeking the true identities of A-D. A-D refused, but the trial court ordered A-D to reveal their true identities. The plaintiffs appealed.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Ainsworth, J.)