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Wednesday, march 20, 1974
lincoSn, nbraska vol. 97. no. 36
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Law College professors to take leaves of absence: Lawrcnca Bergsr, Brian Mattis, John Snowden and Harvey Perlman.
.aw students worry about professors' exo
By Mark Hoffman
Leaves of absence to be taken next year by four of
the 18 UNL Law College faculty members are adding
to law students' anxieties about the college's future.
Especially when "there is a real fear that of the
four leaving, none of them will ever come back," said
June Wagoner, a freshman law student.
In two UNL Law College meetings a few weeks
ego, faculty members and some of the about 450 law
students came together to talk about the college's
Students complained about not enough money for
ths taw library, the need for extra Saw courses and for
clinics! programming where students handle actual
cases wndar the supervision of a lawyer, But tht
foremost 'worry cf 'many ; students . lias bsert tht
coSSege't problem of gsltlna nd keeping a good
The four professors, Lawrence Berger, Brian
Mattis, Harvey Perlman nd John Snowden, are to
take 1-year leaves of absence.
According to Law College Dean Henry Grether,
this means the professors are leaving with the
intention of returning.
But one of the four doesn't plan on doing that.
Mauls, a UNL law professor for five years, safd
, that although he Is technically on a leave of absence,
"I don't intend to come back."
He and his wife hava been hired by Southern
Illinois University, fwattis' salary theft wilt fc-3 mora
than the second highest faculty tslery psid et tht
UNL Law CcSSesa, ha said. His wifa 9
proftssor salary will be comparabta to
professor's salary it UNL, he added.
Salaries at the UNL Law College range from
S15.7M) for assistant professor Craig Williams to
$30,500 for Grether, the college dean. Ha also
teaches half-time.) The highest salaries for professors
are David Dow's ($29,225) end James Lake's
Lawrence Berger, a UNL law professor for 14
years, will go on a leave of absence to tne University
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Asked if he would take a job offered to him ther
or return to Nebraska, he said, "Life Is full of
uncertainies," and declined further comment
He confirmed that his wife, an attorney, has a job
with a firm in Los Angeles.
Perl man, a UNL law professor for seven years, will
go to the University of Virginia. His salary there will
be about $3,000 to $7,000 higher than It is at UNL,
' he said. His salary this year is $20,850.
Asked if he would accept a job offer there or
return to Nebraska, he said, "I don't know...Viriginia
hasn't offered one" beyond the one year.
Money would not be the only consideration in
taking a job if it were offered, he said. He and his
wife are both from Lincoln, and they have ties here,
Snowden, a UNL law professor for two years, will
go to Harvard for a special 1-year course. He said he
" Intends to come back. ' "" ; "
" Students said they are concerned about losing
some of the best law professors at UNL. Last year
Berger and Mattis were selected by Law College
upperclassmen as two of four nominee from which
for the college's representative as outstanding
professor. This yesr Perlman and Mattis were two of
three nominees for the ame honor.
Wagoner complained that the state does not
adequately financa the VUL Law Co! leg even though
Nebraska draws most from this school.
Grether noted that excluding Omaha, 80 of
Nebraska's Ifewyers are UNL Law College graduates.
UNL just can't compete nationally with other
good law schools for salaries, Grether said. Of law
schools In this area, including Big 8 law colleges, UNL
ranks near tha bottom In the average salary paid.
The averags salary for the nine full professors
(excluding Grether end Assistant Dean Donald
Efc3ntyfeit) h about $24,519. The average salary of
18 UNL law faculty members is $22,613.
Two professors Alan Saltzman and Ronald Allen,
are not included in this average. Saltzman has e
special grant account and Allen is on a special line
budget, a law college secretary said.
other schools was not for publication. He also said he
could not give ths average salaries at those schools.
Ths immediate problem is replacing the four
professors, Grether said.
So far, one new teacher has been hired and a UNL
instructor, Stephen Kalish, now on leave on the same
fellowship program as Snowden. will be in, is coming
back. The new instructor is Josephine Potuto, a
senior at the Rutgers University Law School.
Snowden said the UNL Law College is
"underfinanced to do a satisfactory job and well
under that to do an excellent job."
Not only in 'salaries, but in areas such as office
help, the UNL Law College has problems, some
professors said. There are only four secretaries to
serve the dean, assistant dean and faculty members.
The Law College handles its own registration.
After secretaries have finished that and their other
duties, professors have "the time of one-and-a-half
secretaries to serve 13 faculty members," Mattis said.
"It makes it very difficult to do writing and
research," be added.
Perlman said a school that offered to provide him
a personal secretary would be inviting.
A student-faculty committee has been set up to
study and make recommendations in those areas with
the first draft due in a couple of weeks, according to
Perlman,, who is a member of the committee.
Harlan Abrahams, a senior in the Law College, said
although students were presenting the problems of
the Law College, it should be remembered that
faculty and students have made it a "damn good
In the National Moot Court Competition, the UNL
Law College has compiled a batter record in winning
court cases than any other college in the nation,
Grther said. Its competition includes more than 100
law teams from such schools as Harvard and the
University of Michigan.
In moot court competition, a team of law students
writs up a brief for a court case and argue it before a
panel of judges,
Since 1053, when UNL entered competition, it has
last in 1972. Of those times it has placed first once
and second twice. It won honors in the best national
oral argument, written argument and outstanding
A bill that would permit the sab and
consumption of liquor on campus,
L8783, will be facing stiff opposition in
the Unicameral, according to many
The measure is scheduled for first
round consideration on general fila
In a spot check Monday and Tuesday '
of 20 cf th 49 state senators, 11
opposed LB7E3, six fevered tha b;!I, and
three remsbed uncommitted.
Tw3 cf thosa fsvtdej p;::.r;-5 v:r3
Gmnaosh. Fowfsr and Cmsnwaz era
sponssrs cf tha bill. Sf.ts Sen. Terry
Csrptrttsr, Democratic C2.ndd3ta far
licuttfisftt governor, Ststs Senators Ghnn
Goodrich of Omsha, Orval Keyes cf
Springfield and David Stahmer of Omaha
e?o said they supported the bell.
State Sen. George Syas of Omaha said
Monday he opposes the bill for onj
reason. "If they (students) are old
enough to drink, they can go to a bar off
campus," he said. Students do not have
to drink in their living units, he added.
Three senators suggested the
Legislature is not -the best thaonpl for
consideration of the alcohol issue.
State Scnatcis Calvin Carston of
Avoca, Irving Wilt so of Falls City end
The regents, rejected the alcohol
proposal by a 7-1 vote.
Though students "have good
arguments for the bill," State Sen. Leslie
Stull of Alliance said he would vote
against the bill He said he represents one
of the most conservative Nebraska
districts and his constituents wanted him
to reject the bill.
State Sen. John Murphy, who opposes
LB783, said he thought the measure has '
little chance of passing.
Other stats senators who said they
Fred Carstcns cf Beatrice ssld thi issua is oppose the bill are Wally Carnett of
Lincoln, Ernie Chambers Of Omaha,
William Hasebroock cf West Point, Rslph
they Kelly of Grand Island, Richard Mare-sh of
the jurisdiction of the Board of Regents.
If the Regents had recommended ths bill,
the Legislature could have
md Blair Richendifer of Waithil
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