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Mediation urged in Maryland black colleges lawsuit

Tuesday - 10/8/2013, 2:10pm  ET

Associated Press

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) -- Civil rights lawyers are hoping Maryland will embrace mediation to remedy a court ruling that found duplicative academic programs at predominantly white colleges have prevented four historically black colleges from attracting students of all races.

Jon Greenbaum, chief counsel of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, said Tuesday he hopes the ruling will bring the state to the table to remedy a constitutional violation of students' civil rights. He says a remedy could include bringing high-demand programs to the historically black colleges.

Samantha Kappalman, a spokeswoman for Gov. Martin O'Malley, says the state disagrees with the finding on duplicative programs and is reviewing all options, including resolving the issue through constructive mediation.

In a 60-page ruling on Monday, U.S. District Judge Catherine Blake deferred entering judgment, pending mediation.

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