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Yates v. John Marshall Law School

United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 39819 (2009)


Facts

Francine Yates (plaintiff) suffered from depression and anxiety and was homeless. She applied to the John Marshall Law School (Marshall) (defendant) on two occasions. Because Yates failed to pay the application fee, Marshall did not respond to her first application. Marshall sent her a denial letter in response to her second application. About a week after her rejection, Yates met with the dean of Marshall, William Powers. She told him about her mental illness, her homelessness, and aired other grievances to Powers. Powers agreed to reconsider Yates’s application. A few weeks later, Powers emailed Yates to inform her that she had again been denied admission to Marshall. Powers indicated that Marshall had rejected Yates because her score on the Law School Admissions Test was too low. The next month, Yates met again with Powers, revealing to him that she had recently been falsely arrested for battery. Although Yates sought additional meetings with Powers, Powers declined to meet with her. Yates sued Marshall for intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress. Marshall moved to dismiss the suit.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Aspen, J.)

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