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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Ind. Law - More on: Daniels replaces long-time Purdue attorneys with his former chief counsel [Updated]

Today's story by Eric Weddle in the Lafayette Journal Courier adds more information to yesterday's post. Some quotes:

Daniels, now Purdue’s president, said Purdue was the only Big Ten school without in-house legal counsel that can act as a clearinghouse to decide which matters require outside assistance. It remains to be seen how much the change reduces the university’s legal fees, Daniels said. In the past three years, Purdue paid Stuart & Branigin $6.77 million for services, in addition to hiring other law firms. * * *

According to a memo from Daniels, Schultz will manage legal functions and oversee delivery of legal services to the university, as well as perform professional services and provide proactive advice on operations and programs. Schultz will be paid $240,000 per year. * * *

J. Paul Robinson, professor and chairman of the faculty senate, decried the amount of university legal bills for faculty investigations and other issues Monday at the regular University Senate meeting.

Between April 2011 and December 2012, $1.58 million was paid to Stuart & Branigin for “legal issues resulting from administration action against any staff or faculty member,” according to documents obtained through an open records request by Robinson and provided to the Journal & Courier. An additional $330,000 was paid to other law firms. What those issues are were not included in the request.

[Updated at 8:44 AM] A reader has just noted:
Stuart & Branigin will need to update their entire section on education practice or just disband it.
Fourteen partners currently are listed on their Purdue/General Counsel webpage.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on January 29, 2013 08:16 AM
Posted to Indiana Law