The written opinion that Sviggum is presenting the board


I’m working on a radio story, so you can read the documents he gave me this morning.

First comes an 8-page opinion that Sviggum says was drafted by a practicing attorney who’s “close to the regents.” I believe he said it was a former regent, but when I asked him again, he wouldn’t confirm.

Next come several documents he uses for support — memos, e-mails, policies, etc.

Sviggum said it never occurred to him to ask the attorney whether he could use his name, but that he is in the process of asking for it now.

So you can decide for yourself whether to believe this is — or is not — an actual legal opinion.

  • Mpattock

    1 – What possible motive would there be for not disclosing the name of the attorney who writes an opinion for you?

    2 – Comparisons may be helpful in undertanding this issue. What if, instead of being the spokesperson for a body that funds the university, Sviggum were a reporter, reporting on the U (among other things), who was also on the Board of Regents. Conflict of interest?