“Nowhere in American jurisprudence is the entity that hears the appeal the same entity that already decided the matter from which the appeal has been taken. CIF is mandated under the education code to provide a neutral appeals process. They never did. It was not a legitimate appeals panel.” — Los Angeles-based attorney Robert Prata, who represents Damien and St. Lucy’s.
By Aram Tolegian, Staff Writer
Four Southland parochial high schools are claiming religious bias and lack of due process in a federal lawsuit fighting a California Interscholastic Federation decision to pull their sports teams from mixed public-private school leagues and place them in new leagues made up of predominantly religious schools.
Lawyers representing Damien, Oaks Christian, St. Bonaventure and St. Lucy’s high schools filed federal lawsuits Thursday against the CIF State office, CIF-Southern Section and Southern Section commissioner Rob Wigod in hopes of reversing a decision that would place the schools’ athletic teams in playoff divisions and leagues comprised of parochial schools beginning with the 2014-15 school year.” — Los Angeles-based attorney Robert Prata, who represents Damien and St. Lucy’s.