University Of Baltimore President Responds To Ousted Law Dean

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The University of Baltimore's president issued a sharp response Monday to allegations aired by the university's former law dean after he was forced to resign last week.

In an e-mail to faculty and staff, President Robert L. Bogomolny disputed financial arguments used by former dean Phillip Closius to portray a university taking advantage of its law school to support other programs. Bogomolny said he had met with key alumni and faculty members and that "the overwhelming conclusion was that a change in leadership was in the best interests of the School of Law and the University of Baltimore."

That message ran counter to an outpouring of criticism last week from students and alumni who praised Closius as a dynamic and caring leader. Students have planned an all-day rally on Tuesday to protest the former dean's removal.

The president's e-mail continued an unusual bout of public sparring that has laid bare internal disputes at a university known for producing some of Baltimore's top attorneys. The debate touches on a broader issue in legal education, with law deans around the country claiming that their schools are exploited to support less popular programs.

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