The chairman of the board that runs Penn State University's law school yesterday appointed an eight-member committee to study the idea of creating a two-campus law school. The independent governing board of Dickinson School of Law voted last weekend to study the option of creating a law school with campuses in both Carlisle and State College rather than moving the school entirely from its lifelong home in Carlisle.
"Our goal is a draft agreement that covers one law school with two co-equal campuses," LeRoy S. Zimmerman, chairman of the Board of Governors of The Dickinson School of Law, who will chair the committee, said in a statement yesterday. "That means one dean, one administration, one consolidated budget, and, perhaps most important, a single accreditation."
Supporters of a move say staying in Carlisle would require millions of dollars in maintenance and building renovations. They say moving to State College could bolster the school's reputation and allow students to take advantage of a variety of joint-degree programs.
Opponents maintain that the move would deliver an economic blow to Carlisle.
The other people appointed to the committee were William R. Caroselli, a former president of the Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association; Hubert X. Gilroy, a Carlisle lawyer; Lewis Katz, a New Jersey lawyer and principal owner of the New Jersey Nets; Leslie Anne Miller, general counsel of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania; H. Laddie Montague, a shareholder in a Philadelphia law firm; Arthur L. Piccone, a partner in a Wilkes-Barre law firm; and J. Rodman Steele Jr., a shareholder in a law firm in West Palm Beach, Fla.
The board is scheduled to consider the draft agreement on or before Aug. 15. If approved, the agreement would be submitted to Penn State's Board of Trustees at its meeting Sept. 10.