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Al-Dabagh v. Case Western Reserve University

United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit

January 28, 2015

AMIR A. AL-DABAGH, Plaintiff-Appellee,
v.
CASE WESTERN RESERVE UNIVERSITY, Defendant-Appellant

Argued: January 22, 2015

Appeal from the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio at Cleveland. No. 1:14-cv-01046--James S. Gwin, District Judge.

ARGUED:

John B. Nalbandian, TAFT STETTINIUS & HOLLISTER LLP, Cincinnati, Ohio, for Appellant.

Peter A. Holdsworth, WEGMAN, HESSLER & VANDERBURG, Cleveland, Ohio, for Appellee.

ON BRIEF:

John B. Nalbandian, TAFT STETTINIUS & HOLLISTER LLP, Cincinnati, Ohio, David H. Wallace, Jennifer B. Orr, TAFT STETTINIUS & HOLLISTER LLP, Cleveland, Ohio, for Appellant.

Peter A. Holdsworth, Christopher A. Holecek, Patrick J. Quallich, WEGMAN, HESSLER & VANDERBURG, Cleveland, Ohio, for Appellee.

Before: BATCHELDER, SUTTON, and COOK, Circuit Judges.

OPINION

Page 356

SUTTON, Circuit Judge.

Authority to decide whether a medical student deserves a degree usually rests with the student's school. In this unusual case, that did not happen. A federal district court found that Amir Al-Dabagh had proven himself worthy of a diploma and

Page 357

ordered Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine to give him one--disregarding the university's determination that he lacked the professionalism required to discharge his duties responsibly. Because that lack-of-professionalism finding amounts to an academic ...


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