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The dust has yet to settle at the University of Baltimore, where popular School of Law dean Phillip Closius was forced out on July 29 after clashing with administrators over law school finances and other issues. Closius did not leave quietly, sending a letter to the law faculty and students accusing the university of taking 45% of law school-generated revenue to use for non-law school purposes. University President Robert Bogomolny struck back on Aug. 1 with a letter of his own to the law school faculty, calling Closius’ allegations about finances “misleading and incomplete.” He countered that less than 14% of law school-generate revenue is allocated toward general university operations after the law school’s operating costs are deducted. That percentage is lower than national estimates of the average “tax” that law schools pay to their larger universities, he wrote. “Mr. Closius asserts that the UB administration did not provide accurate, transparent financial data regarding central university budgets and the law school allocation,” Bogomolny wrote. “All university budgets are matters of public record and are reported in the state’s budget book.” Baltimore’s Student Bar Association held a rally on Aug. 2 in support of Closius. “I’ve received a lot of e-mails from students who are outraged over the situation,” said SBA President Julius Blattner. “Students are volunteering to start petitions and organize protests.” That same day, the university named law professor Michael Higgenbotham as interim dean. He has taught at the law school since 1988. Bogomolny said the university will launch a national search for a new dean. Closius is slated to return to the law faculty following a yearlong sabbatical. Karen Sloan can be contacted at [email protected].

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