Friday, February 27, 2004

Meeting with law school students canceled

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Friday, February 27, 2004

Meeting with law school students canceled

From staff reports

Penn State President Graham Spanier yesterday canceled a meeting with Dickinson School of Law students about issues relating to the law school. A scheduling conflict prompted the meeting's cancellation, said university Vice President Stephen MacCarthy.

The conversation with students was not specifically intended to focus on the law school's future location, but that likely would have come up, MacCarthy said.

The law school is embroiled in a controversy over whether it will stay in Carlisle, move to State College or possibly operate campuses in both locations.

Law school Dean Philip McConnaughay last fall suggested to the school's board of governors that it consider relocating to State College. He recommended the move to address space needs and changes in the trends of legal education.

Penn State offered $60 million to build a facility at its University Park campus. The law school's board is exploring its options and is expected to make a decision in the coming months.

The possible move to State College drew fire at this week's House budget hearing on Penn State's funding request.

Rep. John Maher, R-Allegheny, son of a former Dickinson School of Law dean, chastised Penn State for reneging on a commitment to stay in Carlisle.

Maher said that pledge was made repeatedly in 1997 when the law school and Penn State merged.

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