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Lawyer seeks nearly $100,000 from Westfield St.

December 11, 2013

WESTFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Lawyers for former Westfield State University president Evan Dobelle are seeking nearly $100,000 from the school as a partial payment for representing Dobelle before his resignation.

For meetings, phone calls, research and other services, Hartford lawyer Ross Garber has charged the university for 169.5 hours of work between July 15 and Aug. 26, according to bills obtained by The Republican http://bit.ly/1fjaz8u) newspaper.

Dobelle resigned Nov. 8, ending a three-month legal battle with school trustees and state Higher Education Commissioner Richard Freeland over what some people considered extravagant spending on travel and other perks. Dobelle said the spending was to promote the university.

The trustees have asked the state Attorney General’s office to determine responsibility for Dobelle’s legal bills. A university spokeswoman says the school is still awaiting a ruling.


Information from: The Springfield (Mass.) Republican, http://www.masslive.com/news/

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