Jon Monson Obtains Significant Settlement in Ninth Circuit Pro Bono Appeal
Cable Huston partner Jon Monson recently secured a highly favorable settlement for a pro bono client who claimed that she was suspended from community college on account of her disability. In January 2010, Green River Community College in Auburn, Washington placed Barbara Stuart Robinson on disciplinary suspension for engaging in a heated argument with a fellow student in the campus dining hall, an incident that led police to escort her off campus. Ms. Stuart Robinson, who suffers from a bi-polar/manic depressive disorder, sought reinstatement and accommodation for her disability but was denied access to the school for a quarter. Representing herself pro se, she filed a disability discrimination lawsuit in federal court in Seattle, Washington, which the district court later dismissed on summary judgment.
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals appointed Mr. Monson as pro bono counsel to represent Ms. Stuart Robinson in her appeal. Mr. Monson spent nearly a year working on the case, submitted briefs on Ms. Stuart Robinson’s behalf, and argued the case before a three-judge appellate panel in Seattle in November 2012. Following several comments by the panel during oral argument suggesting that the trial court’s dismissal would be overturned, Mr. Monson secured a substantial monetary settlement for Ms. Stuart Robinson from the Washington State Attorney General’s Office. The case was settled shortly after oral argument and before the Court rendered an opinion.
The case was captioned Barbara Stuart Robinson v. Green River Community College. A recording of the oral argument can be found at the following link: http://www.ca9.uscourts.gov/media/view.php?pk_id=0000009769.