We Need Your Continued Support
In 2016 James Tracy and the Florida Civil Rights Coalition (FCRC) filed a federal lawsuit against Florida Atlantic University (FAU) for its unlawful termination of Tracy’s tenured professorship of 14 years.
The essence of the case revolves around the fact that FAU trustees and administrators disapproved of Tracy’s political views, expressed on his personal blog. They therefore utilized an unconstitutional prior restraint (“Outside Employment Policy”) barring Professor Tracy’s right to free speech as the basis for his dismissal. Moreover, to this day these very officials continue to use the same policy to limit university faculty and employee expression.
In 2017 a hostile court dismissed most of TracyvFAU’s First Amendment claims, ruling in favor of FAU and its administrators, and barring crucial evidence in advance of the case ever going to a jury.
Anticipating such a setback, the FCRC successfully engaged a prominent national law firm which, recognizing the case’s significance, brought the lower court ruling before the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals.
An excerpt from #TracyvFAU appeal brief, filed yesterday in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit.
This is what an unconstitutional #PriorRestraint at a public university looks like.
— Seeking Justice (@flcivilrights) August 4, 2018
In June 2019 the Eleventh Circuit’s panel of judges granted the case oral argument. Such a hearing is less-than-common at the federal appellate level. TracyvFAU is scheduled to be heard the morning of September 19, 2019 at the Elbert P. Tuttle US Court of Appeals Building in Atlanta Georgia. We are uncertain of the judicial outcome, but are grateful that the case is under review at this momentous level.
The James Tracy Legal Defense Fund wants to thank all of you for your moral and/or monetary support along the way. Because we have taken on a state agency with unlimited resources, there is no way we could have endured this fight for over three long years without you.
Yet our work is not finished.
Please consider a contribution to the Fund, so that we may continue fighting to preserve free speech and academic freedom. More information is available at the Legal Defense Fund’s website. No contribution is too small.
As a token of our appreciation, those making a contribution of any size will receive one of Professor James Tracy’s original signed business cards.* Printed by the forced inmate labor of Florida’s infamous prison industrial complex, this cocktail hour conversation-stopper bearing Tracy’s signature is suitable for framing, or simply serving as a page marker in one of your favorite banned books.
Again, thank you for your support in defense of the First Amendment and free speech.
Further information on donating to the Legal Defense Fund is available here.
*Supplies are limited.