On Sept. 17, Baylor University in Waco and several university officials filed a motion to dismiss an age-discrimination suit against them. In the alternative, they seek a change of venue.
On July 19, pro se plaintiff C. Michael Kamps, a Baylor Law School applicant who earned an LSAT score of 169, filed the suit in federal court in Austin. In his complaint in Kamps v. Baylor University, et al., Kamps alleges that based on his age, the law school denied him fall admission for 2010, 2011 and 2012 and denied him scholarships. He alleges he was accepted to the law school for sessions starting in the summer 2010 or spring 2011, but he wanted to start in a fall session, which represents the most competitive of the "three available classes each year."
In their motion to dismiss, the defendants allege Kamps filed the suit in an improper venue and, in the alternative, they seek a change of venue from Austin to the federal court in Waco. The defendants argue that Waco is the principal place of business for the university and the location of defense counsel and most of the witnesses. Since Kamps resides in North Texas, there is no reason for the case to be in Austin, the defendants allege.
Kamps, a certified public accountant from Rockwall, says he will file a motion objecting to the defendants’ proposed change of venue and to their motion to dismiss.
Defense lawyer Donald “Keith” Dorsett of Fulbright Winniford in Waco did not return a telephone call seeking comment.
-- Miriam Rozen