The Northern Virginia Law School is expected to file a federal suit in U.S. District Court in Baltimore today against Maryland Gov. Harry Hughes to get access to $100,000 the school has tied up in a Maryland savings and loan association.
The school is a weekend law school of 100 students located in Alexandria. Michael Howell, attorney for the school, said the school will ask the U.S. District Court to grant it immediate relief from Hughes' May executive order limiting withdrawals from savings and loan associations to $1,000 per month per account.
The law school has a $100,000 certificate of deposit with Community Savings and Loan Association, one of the Maryland thrifts still hamstrung by Hughes' executive order. The school was using the interest from the account to pay the mortgage on its building at 4105 Duke St.
In its lawsuit, the school maintains that Hughes' order impairs its contract with Community Savings and Loan, and prevents it from paying a mortgage that would assist the school "in obtaining national accreditation as a law school."
The Northern Virginia Law School, according to its catalogue, was authorized to grant degrees in 1982 by the Virginia Council of Higher Education. Its first graduation was held in September 1982.