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Folder from the John Vergiels Political Papers (MS-00283).

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Clark No. 3

Vice Chairman

Natural Resources

3555 Algonquin Drive

Las Vegas, Nevada 89109 Finance


Home 735-1314

Office 739-3232


Toll Free: Legislative Building


Nevada Legislature


February 15, 1985

John P. Leary, S.J.


401 West Second Street

Reno, Nevada 89503-5302

Dear Mr. Leary:

Thank you for your letter relative to state take over of

the Old College Law School.

I was not aware of Senator Raggio's comments concerning

this subject. I will talk with Senator Raggio relative to

this issue.

Please feel free to contact me on any issue of importance

to you.

Thanks again.

John M. Vergiels

Senator, State of Nevada



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Senator John Vergiels

Legislative Building

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Carson City, Nevada 89710

Dear Senator Vergiels:

I know, having been at the legislative party last week, how busy you

people are and how many folks importune when they ask for favors.

There was a piece in the Reno paper the other day where Bill Raggio

had suggested that the state take over the Old College Law School. _

This was not authorized, only a couple of the trustees knew of it

and it is not really the thinking of any of us that this is the best

approach for the law school — much as I appreciate Bill doing what

he can.

I have written a letter to several of the legislators a week or so

ago suggesting the possibility of some financial relief from the state.

For example:

$150,000 for the law library for several years;

$100,000 for scholarships for students who live

in Nevada ($1,000 each);

$150,000 for the school to help it out of its

financial situation.

Private institutions have to be careful to not go public without a

good reason. I am of a mind that there are some good dollars in the

state and outside of the state that can help the school in the next

some years.

But because the law school is a distinct asset of the state — the first

law school in its history — I think it would be very wise for the state

to give some help.

There is already one engineering school and now they will be allocating

14.3 million for another one in Las Vegas. This may be very necessary

February 8, 1985

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and the reasons sound good, but I think the reasons for a law school

are excellent also. The amount being asked would not be any undue

drain to the state and it would be of great value to the school.

Governor Bryan did indicate to me before the session on the Citicorp

Bank that he was for giving us some help. We have a low profile and

are not at all well-known in Las Vegas, while in the northern part

of the state, I think we are quite well-known and appreciated.

I do hope you can use your influence for money in the financial committees

to help, or tied in with the judicial college, or some other

way that, in your opinion, would work.

I would be very willing and I know that our board chairman. Warren

Nelson, would be, to talk with any members of the committees who would

want more data.


John P. Leary, S.J.