CASEAdams v. Trustees of the University of North Carolina-Wilmington

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Dr. Mike Adams, a criminology professor at the University of North Carolina–Wilmington, frequently received accolades from his colleagues after the university hired him as an assistant professor in 1993 and promoted him to associate professor in 1998. At the time he was an atheist, but his conversion to Christianity in 2000 impacted his views on political and social issues. After this, he was subjected to intrusive investigations, baseless accusations, and the denial of promotion to full professor even though his scholarly output surpassed that of almost all of his colleagues. In a lawsuit filed against the university on Adams’ behalf, Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys contended that the university denied Adams a promotion because his nationally syndicated opinion columns espoused religious and political views that ran contrary to the opinions held by university officials.
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Final victory: UNCW won’t appeal ruling in favor of professor denied promotion for his views

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Final victory: UNCW won’t appeal ruling in favor of professor denied promotion for his views

University agrees to drop appeal, promote Dr. Mike Adams, pay $665,000 in back-pay, attorneys’ fees

Jul 16, 2014 Read More

University sticks taxpayers with $700,000 bill for retaliating against conservative professor

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University sticks taxpayers with $700,000 bill for retaliating against conservative professor

Court awards attorneys’ fees, costs for seven-year litigation battle

Jun 11, 2014 Read More

Court orders UNC–Wilmington to pay, promote professor after retaliating against him

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Court orders UNC–Wilmington to pay, promote professor after retaliating against him

Judge says university must promote Mike Adams to job it denied him, pay $50,000 in back pay

Apr 09, 2014 Read More

Jury finds UNC–Wilmington retaliated against professor

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Jury finds UNC–Wilmington retaliated against professor

ADF: Verdict is huge victory for academic freedom, free speech at public universities

Mar 20, 2014 Read More

UNC–Wilmington on trial for retaliation against professor

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UNC–Wilmington on trial for retaliation against professor

Alliance Defending Freedom attorney available for media interviews each day of trial

Mar 14, 2014 Read More

Victory for academic freedom: 4th Circuit says professor’s speeches, columns protected by First Amendment

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Victory for academic freedom: 4th Circuit says professor’s speeches, columns protected by First Amendment

Decision against UNC-Wilmington sets significant precedent protecting professors who express their views on religious, political topics

Apr 06, 2011 Read More

Renowned professor challenges promotion denial over religion in appellate hearing

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Renowned professor challenges promotion denial over religion in appellate hearing

ADF attorney available for media interviews following oral arguments challenging UNC-Wilmington’s discrimination against Christian professor over opinion columns

Jan 25, 2011 Read More

UNC professor denied promotion over opinion columns gains significant support

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UNC professor denied promotion over opinion columns gains significant support

First Amendment protected rights of UNC-Wilmington professor championed by AAUP, FIRE after ADF files first brief in appeal

Jul 02, 2010 Read More

ADF appeals decision that ruled professor’s opinion columns unprotected by First Amendment

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ADF appeals decision that ruled professor’s opinion columns unprotected by First Amendment

ADF attorneys file notice of appeal in lawsuit against UNC-Wilmington

Apr 12, 2010 Read More

Judge rules professor’s opinion columns not protected by First Amendment

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Judge rules professor’s opinion columns not protected by First Amendment

ADF attorneys considering appeal of decision in lawsuit against UNC-Wilmington

Mar 17, 2010 Read More

Court refuses to dismiss professor’s discrimination suit against UNC-Wilmington

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Court refuses to dismiss professor’s discrimination suit against UNC-Wilmington

Suit filed by ADF attorneys argues university denied full professorship to conservative professor and columnist Mike Adams because of his beliefs

Apr 04, 2008 Read More

ADF sues UNC-Wilmington on behalf of conservative pundit and professor Mike Adams

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ADF sues UNC-Wilmington on behalf of conservative pundit and professor Mike Adams

Adams denied promotion because of religious beliefs and conservative political viewpoint

Apr 10, 2007 Read More
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https://adflegal.blob.core.windows.net/web-content-dev/documents/adams-v-trustees-of-the-university-of-north-carolina-wilmington---settlement-agreement.pdf?sfvrsn=6https://adflegal.blob.core.windows.net/web-content-dev/documents/adams-v-trustees-of-the-university-of-north-carolina-wilmington---judgment-concerning-attorneys-39-fees-and-costs.pdf?sfvrsn=6https://adflegal.blob.core.windows.net/web-content-dev/documents/adams-v-trustees-of-the-university-of-north-carolina-wilmington---order-and-judgment-concerning-promotion-and-back-pay.pdf?sfvrsn=6https://adflegal.blob.core.windows.net/web-content-dev/documents/adams-v-trustees-of-the-university-of-north-carolina-wilmington---jury-verdict.pdf?sfvrsn=6https://adflegal.blob.core.windows.net/web-content-dev/documents/adams-v-trustees-of-the-university-of-north-carolina-wilmington---district-court-judgment-following-jury-verdict.pdf?sfvrsn=6https://adflegal.blob.core.windows.net/web-content-dev/documents/adams-v-trustees-of-the-university-of-north-carolina-wilmington---denial-of-defendant-s-motion-for-summary-judgment.pdf?sfvrsn=6https://adflegal.blob.core.windows.net/web-content-dev/documents/adams-v-trustees-of-the-university-of-north-carolina-wilmington---summary-judgment-response-brief.pdf?sfvrsn=6https://adflegal.blob.core.windows.net/web-content-dev/documents/adams-v-trustees-of-the-university-of-north-carolina-wilmington---4th-circuit-opinion.pdf?sfvrsn=6https://adflegal.blob.core.windows.net/web-content-dev/documents/adams-v-trustees-of-the-university-of-north-carolina-wilmington---amicus-brief-by-aaup-and-others.pdf?sfvrsn=6https://adflegal.blob.core.windows.net/web-content-dev/documents/adams-v-trustees-of-the-university-of-north-carolina-wilmington---opening-appellate-brief.pdf?sfvrsn=6https://adflegal.blob.core.windows.net/web-content-dev/documents/adams-v-trustees-of-the-university-of-north-carolina-wilmington---notice-of-appeal.pdf?sfvrsn=6https://adflegal.blob.core.windows.net/web-content-dev/documents/adams-v-trustees-of-the-university-of-north-carolina-wilmington---summary-judgment-order.pdf?sfvrsn=6
Court Title Date
Trial Court
Settlement agreement Jul 09 2014
Trial Court
Judgment concerning attorneys' fees and costs Jun 10 2014
Trial Court
Order and judgment concerning promotion and back-pay Apr 08 2014
Trial Court
Jury verdict Mar 20 2014
Trial Court
District court judgment following jury verdict Mar 20 2014
Trial Court
Denial of defendant’s motion for summary judgment Mar 22 2013
Trial Court
Summary judgment response brief Nov 04 2011
Appellate Court
4th Circuit opinion Apr 06 2011
Appellate Court
Amicus brief by AAUP and others Jul 02 2010
Appellate Court
Opening appellate brief Jun 28 2010
Appellate Court
Notice of appeal Apr 09 2010
Trial Court
Summary judgment order Mar 15 2010

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