UC Regents Cleared to Continue Disciplinary Proceedings Against Former Law Dean

Munger, Tolles & Olson represented the University of California Board of Regents in persuading a federal court to abstain from interfering with sexual-harassment disciplinary proceedings against the former Dean of UC Berkeley School of Law.

The former dean, Sujit Choudhry, filed due-process and equal-protection claims against the University in September, alleging that university leadership had punished him unfairly and more harshly than others when they launched a second disciplinary proceeding to investigate allegations of sexual harassment by Mr. Choudhry’s former executive assistant.

On Nov. 9, 2016, Judge Richard Seeborg of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California rejected Mr. Choudhry’s request for a preliminary injunction, holding that the court needed to abstain from interfering with the pending state-university proceedings. “The UC disciplinary process is an ongoing state judicial proceeding that implicates important state interests and offers adequate opportunities for Choudhry to raise his constitutional challenges,” Judge Seeborg wrote.

Mr. Choudhry subsequently dropped his lawsuit against the University.

The Munger Tolles attorneys representing the UC Board of Regents were Bradley S. Phillips, Bryan H. Heckenlively and Sara N. Taylor.