Commission on Human Relations, Brown and DeLoggio v. Temple University Law School collection
Scope and Content Note
The collection contains photocopies of memoranda, proposed findings of law, and amicus curiae briefs filed on behalf of the complainants and on behalf of Temple University. The papers document conflicting viewpoints in this controversial case: the U.S. government's viewpoint, Temple University's, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's, that of Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, and those of the complainants.
Many issues involving the civil rights of gay citizens intersect in this case: questions of federal versus local authority, the autonomy of the military, the applicability of Philadelphia's antidiscrimination laws to employment agencies, and the responsibilities of state-run educational institutions. As such, the collection contains information relevant to a wide range of research areas.
Folder 1: University's proposed findings of fact and conclusions of law
Folder 2: Complainants' proposed findings of fact, conclusions of law, and order
Folder 3: Brief of the United States Amicus Curiae
Folder 4: Brief of American Civil Liberties union, Greater Philadelphia branch Amicus Curiae
Folder 5: Brief of Amicus Curiae Lambda Legal Defense & Education Fund, Inc. on behalf of complainants
Folder 6: Complainants' reply brief
Folder 7: Memorandum of law in support of the position of Temple University - of the commonwealth system of higher education
Folder 8: Complainants' memorandum of law Issues discussed
Folder 9: Brief of Temple University
- circa 1982-1984
Conditions Governing Access Note
Contact John J. Wilcox Jr. LGBT Archives of Philadelphia for information about accessing this collection.
In 1982, two Temple University Law School students, Richard Brown and Loretta DeLoggio, accused the university of violating the Philadelphia Fair Practices Ordinance. The case challenged Temple's policy of letting the United States military recruit workers through the Law School's employment office. The complaint argued that since the military discriminated against homosexuals, Temple should not let it interview students on campus. In 1983, the staff of the Commission on Human Relations issued its own complaint against Temple on the same grounds. In reply, Temple framed the case as a First Amendment issue. The university further argued that the Commission on Human Relations, as a municipal body, had no jurisdiction over the U.S. military. Even if the case had not raised those issues, Temple's attorneys said, an employment agency should not be held accountable for the discriminatory practices of employers who use it.
In 1985, the Commission ruled that Temple's policy "aided and abetted" a discriminatory employer, and ordered the university to stop letting the military recruit on campus. The next year, a federal appeals court ruled that the City of Philadelphia had no authority to ban military recruitment from universities.
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In 1982, two Temple University Law School students, Richard Brown and Loretta DeLoggio, accused the university of violating the Philadelphia Fair Practices Ordinance. The Commission on Human Relations, Brown and DeLoggio v. Temple University Law School, circa 1982-1984, contains memoranda and briefs from the case.
Immediate Source of Acquisition Note
Anonymous donation, 1994.
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Processing Information Note
Summary descriptive information on this collection was compiled in 2011-2012 as part of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania’s Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories (HCI-PSAR), using data provided by the John J. Wilcox Jr. LGBT Archives of Philadelphia. The HCI-PSAR project was funded by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
This is a preliminary finding aid. No physical processing, rehousing, reorganizing, or folder listing was done in the HCI-PSAR project.
- Commission on Human Relations, Brown and DeLoggio v. Temple University Law School collection, circa 1982-1984
- Finding aid prepared by staff of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories using data provided by the John J. Wilcox Jr. LGBT Archives of Philadelphia
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- This preliminary finding aid was created by staff of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania’s Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories (HCI-PSAR) using data provided by the John J. Wilcox Jr. LGBT Archives of Philadelphia. The HCI-PSAR project was made possible by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.