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No new trial for lawyer who lost U. Iowa age claim

Feb 14, 2013

IOWA CITY (AP) — A court has refused to grant a new trial to a Michigan lawyer who claims the University of Iowa law school passed him over for a teaching job because of his age.

The Iowa Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday that Donald Dobkin won’t get a second trial in his age discrimination claims, which a jury rejected last year.

Dobkin applied for a teaching position in 2008, citing experience leading a large immigration law firm and other qualifications. A 32-year-old was offered the position. Dobkin claimed he was passed over because he was 55.

Dobkin’s appeal argued that a judge erred by not allowing jurors to see an article by former North Dakota Attorney General Nicholas Spaeth about age discrimination in law schools.

The court says the article was inadmissible hearsay.

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