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Former SIU law student alleges wrongful expulsion

By Michael Abella | Jan 23, 2017


BENTON — A former Southern Illinois University student alleges she was wrongfully expelled from law school.

Julie Bullock filed a complaint on Jan. 3 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois Benton Division against the Board of Trustees of Southern Illinois University School of Law, Christopher Beham and Cynthia Fountaine, alleging they violated the Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

According to the complaint, Bullock alleges the defendants wrongfully expelled her from law school, causing her to lose her Illinois Bar 711 license and her externship with the state's attorney's office.

As a result, Bullock alleges she suffered permanent damages, loss of professional reputation and severe emotional distress.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks compensatory damages in excess of $75,000, plus interest, attorneys' fees, costs and disbursement of this action and all other relief as justice may require.

She is represented by Bryan E. Drew of Drew & Drew PC in Benton and Jason J. Bach of The Bach Law Firm LLC in Las Vegas.

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois Benton Division

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