Fired law professor Dorothy Jackson files federal lawsuit against Southern University
BATON ROUGE - Former law professor Dorothy Jackson, who was fired from Southern University for her role in a questionable will at the East Baton Rouge Council on Aging, is claiming she was unfairly fired from the school.
The federal lawsuit filed Tuesday claims Jackson's right to due process was violated when Southern's Board of Supervisors upheld SU President Ray Belton's decision to fire her in April. The document goes on to say her firing was the result of a coordinated effort by several high-ranking officials at the school.
The suit also cites multiple instances in which Jackson's work benefited Southern University and claims her firing has caused her "extreme emotional distress and mental anguish."
Jackson was terminated earlier this year after it was revealed she drafted a questionable will at the Southern Elder Law Clinic. That will named EBR Council on Aging Director Tasha Clark Amar the "executrix" of Helen Plummer's estate and would have benefitted her to the tune of $120,000. Plummer was an elderly client at the COA at the time, despite being ineligible for the services due to her assets.
After numerous WBRZ reports on the document, Clark Amar and Jackson both distanced themselves from the will. Clark Amar went on to sue the Plummer family after it accused her of taking advantage of the 95-year-old woman.
Jackson is now seeking a trial by jury in her lawsuit and asks that she be reinstated to her position at the university. In addition, Jackson is asking that the school pay legal fees and other damages.