UC Berkeley students who invited Ann Coulter to speak on campus filed a lawsuit Monday against the university, saying it is discriminating against conservative speakers and violating students' rights to free speech.
A legal team led by Harmeet Dhillon, a San Francisco attorney who represents the Berkeley College Republicans, filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in San Francisco.
Dhillon is also a committeewoman for the Republican National Convention for California and former vice chairwoman of the California Republican Party.
"This case arises from efforts by one of California's leading public universities, UC Berkeley -- once known as the "birthplace of the Free Speech Movement" -- to restrict and stifle the speech of conservative students whose voices fall beyond the campus political orthodoxy," the lawsuit says.
Campus Republicans invited Coulter to speak at Berkeley this Thursday, but Berkeley officials informed the group last week that the event was being called off for security concerns.