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Letter from William H. Leftwich to Lewis Nobles

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Letter from William H. Leftwich to Lewis Nobles


This correspondence to Dr. Lewis Nobles, president of Mississippi College, sent by William H. Leftwich, vice president of the University of Richmond, is in response to E. Bruce Heilman, president of UR, offering Leftwich's legal advice to Nobles after Nobles inquired it via letter from Heilman. Leftwich expressed commiseration to Nobles regarding the Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights (OCR): “It makes one wonder just how far back that office is willing to dig in order to come up with some justification for harassing our educational institutions.” Leftwich wrote that he shared Nobles’ letter from the OCR with his counsel, Eva Tashjian-Brown of McGuire, Woods and Battle, who “did such a superb job for us.” Leftwich offered to provide Nobles with the judgment from UR’s case, in which the university challenged the federal government over compliance with Title IX, and expressed that Tashjian-Brown suggested that Nobles ask for a second opinion from someone higher up (such as the Director of the OCR and/or the Secretary of the Department of Education) regarding the complaint letter from the OCR.


Letter from William H. Leftwich to Lewis Noble, 22 December 1982, RG 6.2.5 Box 25 Folder 8A "U.S. Government - Title IX - HEW (1982)", University Archives, Virginia Baptist Historical Society.









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Leftwich, William H., “Letter from William H. Leftwich to Lewis Nobles,” University of Richmond Race & Racism Project, accessed June 6, 2023,