Written By Las Vegas based Law Clerk: Robert Maxey (Las Vegas, Nevada)
The University of Nevada, Las Vegas is an institution of higher learning. During the years of our youth in school, we are taught to obey and follow instructions. However, once students are in college they face in a world of choices. Most freshmen in college are considered adults, and therefore are treated as such. Students take on the reasonability of picking out their career and life paths. Here they embark on a journey of education, to achieve a degree that will open up the doors to the opportunities they desire.
Students are expected to make many choices regarding the rest of their lives while in college. It is perhaps the most advanced learning a person will experience within their lifetime. The boundaries of college learning are not confined to textbooks and classrooms. Universities offer students a wide array of areas of learning through clubs, organizations, fraternities and sororities, lecture series, athletic teams, campus events and student government. All of these areas offer the student an additional way to enhance their education, and experience something unique.
Recently a student attending the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, however, has enhanced their learning through a different means, in the form of a settlement of $20,000. Robert Maxey, a junior studying philosophy and economics, has settled his lawsuit against the Consolidated Students of the University of Nevada (CSUN), which is the branch of student government at the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV).
The state of Nevada has some of the strictest Open Meeting Law requirements, which help maintain an open and honest government. These laws ensure that all people have appropriate opportunity to participate, and witness their government taking place. Maxey had been elected student body president in 2010, but quickly after his election found himself in a sham meeting to disqualify him. The meeting had been prompted by his opposition, with the intent to remove him from office. In the lawsuit that Maxey filed, he alleged that the CSUN meeting violated not only Open Meeting Laws, preventing students from being fully aware of the actions of CSUN, but also due process.
The lawsuit lasted the entire term that Maxey would have served as student body president. Lawyers representing CSUN (despite previous requests for settlement from Maxey's attorney Peter Goatz) agreed only at the end of Maxey's would be term to settle. Although the matter had been settled, Maxey laments that no real justice has been performed and the denial of such a great opportunity is regrettable.
Full information the story can be found here: UNLV student wins $20K after suing student senate