Washington University Law School Club Feud is Resolved

October 23, 2002

By Peter Page at Law.com

The Washington University School of Law in St. Louis has sanctioned, among other groups, a Jewish Law Society and a club for students enthused about golf.

But a group of law students with antiabortion sentiments was twice denied official recognition.

The Student Bar Association (SBA) -- which acts as the student government of the law school -- relented last week and granted recognition to Law Students ProLife after the group's plight became a cause célèbre for civil rights advocates.

"We thought this would be easily resolved," said Greg Lukianoff, director of legal and public advocacy for the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) in Philadelphia, which became involved in the dispute. "It didn't seem possible the Student Bar Association would stand by its decision, as absurd and unprincipled as it was," said Lukianoff, a self-described "prochoice liberal...

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