Mr. Le Clercq represented Louisiana College when four former professors sued the school, the president, and members of the Board of Trustees. The professors alleged defamation and infliction of emotional distress, among other claims, in relation to the school's position that the bible be taught solely as the "word of God without mixture for error." After seven years, the Court dismissed the case, ruling that a decision would require the Court to choose sides in a dispute over Baptist Theology in violation of the establishment clause of the First Amendment, which states that Congress is prohibited from making any law "respecting an establishment of religion." Judge Doggett stated the court does not have the power to choose which Baptist view is correct.
Winbery, et al. v. Louisiana College, et al., No. 184,363, 9th JDC, Rapides Parish, Louisiana.