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When sexual abuse allegations against assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky first surfaced at Pennsylvania State University in 1998, the school didn’t have an in-house lawyer. For legal counsel, Penn State relied primarily on the services of a single lawyer at a local firm. It was 12 years before the school hired a lawyer of its own. By then the state attorney general and a grand jury were again investigating sexual abuse allegations involving Sandusky, and this time the school’s handling of the matter exploded into a national scandal ["Penn State's (Belated) Law Department," January].