Stoviak Gives Opening Statement in Trial Over Two-Campus Penn State Law School

Stoviak Gives Opening Statement in Trial Over Two-Campus Penn State Law School

"Lawsuit Opens Over Two-Campus Penn State Law School Plan", The Legal Intelligencer

May 19, 2005

John F. Stoviak, Partner and Chair of the Litigation Department in the Philadelphia office, gave his opening statement in the trial to determine whether Pennsylvania State University can build a second law school campus at its main campus in State College, Pa.

Mr. Stoviak represents three Dickinson Law School Board members who dissented in the 17-14 Board vote in January 2005 to accept Penn State's proposal to build a second law school at its main campus. The board members who filed the lawsuit to block building a second law school campus say such a move would ultimately close Dickinson Law School in Carlisle, violating an agreement to keep the law school permanently in Carlisle. Penn State and Dickinson Law School merged in 1997.

Mr. Stoviak argued that the Board accepted the two-campus plan without fully analyzing the impact that would have on the Carlisle campus. "They felt their options were to accept Penn State's terms or drive off the cliff," he said.