Legal Questions About UMD Move to Big Ten

Legal expert claims school leaders met illegally

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    A legal expert is accusing University of Maryland leaders of breaking the law in reaching their decision to join the Big Ten Conference.

    Frank Lamonte, the executive director of the Student Press Law Center, said the University System of Maryland regents violated the state's open meeting law. They discussed the possible move on a conference call Sunday and met in private Monday.

    State law allows board members to meet behind closed doors but does not allow them to vote in private.

    A board of regents spokesman says the meetings were legal and under the supervision of the state attorney general's office.