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Page 2-Wednesday, March 16, 1983-The Michigan Daily
Legal services gets

new boss

(Continued from Page 1)
board, staff members wanted salary
increases - money Rose believed
should have been put into expanding the
program.
ACCORDING TO Rose, the staff
members saw one-way of getting raises
was to get a new director. "The same
four people who demanded higher
salaries, demanded a new director," he
said.
Chambers said that the board had
resolved the salary disputes in May
1981 and that they were not a major
issue, although the salary disputes and
other staff complaints "were
worrisome" to the board.
Incidents pointing to an effective ad-
ministration had been cropping up sin-
ceathe spring of 1981, Chambers said.
FOR EXAMPLE, staff members for
a long time could not decide how much
money should be given to casework and
how much should be devoted to housing
law reform, Chambers said. "The
program needed an administrator who
was skilled at mediating this
unavoidable conflict between casework
and law reform," he said.
There were also long periods without
staff meetings, Chambers said.
According to a document published
by the board explaining its findings,
books were not kept up properly now
were taxes paid in a timely fashion. The
office incurred a $2000 tax penalty in
1980.
CIAMBERS SAID there was very lit-
tle cooperation between Rose and the
staff members. "The whole office was

in a state of collapse in terms of day-to-
day morale," he said.
As an example of "how much the of-
fice had become crippled," Chambers
pointed to an incident in which no staff
attorneys would co-sign a check with
Rose to pay a temporary employee.
Rose had a law student, who was also
working for him, qualified at the bank
to sign the check.
Rose contends that the board did not
disagree with the amount or the ap-
propriateness of the check, and should
not have made an issue out of it. The
board didn't understand that one staff
attorney was creating a situation to
show that Rose and the staff didn't get
along, thereby creating a need for a
new director. '
"THE BOARD looked at trivial ad-
ministrative details which are perhaps
typical to any office and lumped those
together with the important resource
allocation and macro-planning function
(of director)," Rose said.
. Informal communication between the
six staff attorneys and the director did
not necessitate formal staff meetings,
he said. He added that "camaraderie
and playfulness" characterized the of-
fice atmosphere, except right before
board meetings.
Jimmy Flaum, a former MSA
treasurer responsible for allocating
payments to Legal Services, said the
allegations regarding poor bookkeeping
practices were trivial and should not
have part of the review. "It's common
for an enterprise to get a tax penalty

and the office only sustained one in 11
years," he said.
ROSE AND THE board seem to
disagree on exactly what a director
should be doing. No formal guidelines
were established by the program's by-
laws or the board of directors. Accor-
ding to the board's documents ex-
plaining its findings and conclusions,
the director should be responsible for
administrative detail.
But Rose said, "I think management
is more competent if it focuses on ob-
jectives rather than procedures."
Rose appealed his removal to the
Michigan Student Assembly last fall.
An MSA review committee concluded
in January that the board could not cite
any irresponsible conduct which would
have called for Rose's removal. Accor-
ding to committee member Rich
Layman, the reasons given for Rose's
removal were '"unfounded
allegations." He said they were largely
a result of a board consisting of
"primarily nonprofessionals" who had
no, basis for deciding if the office was
running effectively.
ALTHOUGH MSA did not adopt it,
the review committee submitted a
resolution censuring the board for its
actions.
If the board later finds it was not
right in appointing a new director,
Nichols will remain with Legal Services
as a staff attorney with the same salary
of $28,000, Chambers said.
Since the board first issued its

decision in December 1981, Rose has
been handling the Housing Law Reform
unit while Paul Teich, a staff attorney
and board member, coordinated the
administrative work of the office.
ACCORDING TO board member
Helen Gallagher, "Jon considers him-
self, and is, a very strong advocate for
housing law reform. In our judgement,
that is where his skills best serve the
student body."
Numerous University students with
whom Rose worked on landlord-tenant
cases praised his talent. Brian Donahoe
who was involved in the first rent-
control agreement arranged by a
tenants union, said of Rose: "Jonathan
really believes in Student Legal Ser-
vices. He put a lot of time and effort and
Legal Services money into (the
agreement) and that is an excellent use
of resources," he said.
Another student, Roy Cohen, called
Rose "an extremely good lawyer, who
was very much concerned with student
interests and causes."
BOARD AND STAFF members
prefer to put an end to the controversy
and begin fresh with a new director,
working toward improving the effec-
tiveness of the program.
Nichols said, "My whole hope is that
we will be able to work together." She
also said, "I see myself as a successor
to the battle scene and I would just as
soon not become part of an ongoing bat-
tle," she said.
Soviet rates
beat OPEC
oil prices
(Continued from Page 1)
Saudi Oil Minister Sheikh Ahmed Zaki
Yamani hinted, however, that a price
war could still erupt if non-OPEC
Britain slashed the price of North Sea
oil again.
"IT WOULD be serious because
definitely Nigeria would follow suit
and, if so, OPEC as a group will have to
reduce their prices," Yamani said.
On Feb. 1, the Soviet Union fired the*
first salvo in the threatened price war
- a $2.15 cut - after OPEC deadlocked
on pricing at a Jan. 25 summit.
Egypt, whose oil competes with
Russian crude, responded by cutting its
prime export crude by $2 a barrel.
Then on Feb. 19, Britain, the world's
fifth largst producer, announced a price
cut of $3 to $30.50 a barrel for its high
quality North Sea crude.

IN BRIEF
Compiled from Associated Press and
United Press International reports
Philadelphia commuter rail
unions join area transit strike
PHILADELPHIA-Members of 12 railroad unions went on strike in the
Philadelphia area yesterday, cutting off train service for 50,000 commuters,
but a more massive transit walkout that would have affected 400,000 other
people in the city was averted at the last moment.
The strike by about 1,500 members of the railworkers unions was the Nor-
theast's third major commuter rail strike in two weeks. Two other walkouts
continued to affect 155,000 commuters in the New York City area and parts of
Connecticut and New Jersey.
Negotiators for the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority
and Transport Workers Union Local 234, representing Philadelphia's bus,
trolley and subway workers, reached an agreement about an hour after their
contract expired at 12:01 a.m. yesterday.
The TWU's 5,200 members refused to honor the picket lines of the 12 com-
muter rail unions, whose members walked off the job after their midnight
contract deadline.
"The only reason the TWU got their contract was because of us," said
Frank Gavin, 36, a railworker walking a picket line. "They never would have
gotten 19 percent (pay increase over three years) without us, and then they
left us on the street.
Miami at odds over riot cause
MIAMI-Police and black leaders were at odds yesterday on the cause of
disturbances in the Liberty City ghetto, where two nights of violence
resulted in more than 50 arrests.
Authorities said the trouble started Sunday when police tried to get about
500 young blacks to lower the volume on their music at an unauthorized
street dance, which officers said may have been organized by drug dealers.
Black leaders said the rock and bottle throwing that resulted when police
attempted to pull the plug on the "sandlot disco" was simply a reflection of
the racial tensions that have been building in the community over the fatal
police shootings of five blacks during the past several months.
Ray Fauntroy, leader of the Miami chapter of the Southern Christian
Leadership Conference, said yesterday it was. "ridiculous" to think the
violence was not racially motivated.
"We've said this so many times. All the music was an excuse," he said. "It
just served as a spark which people used to vent their anger at injustice, at
the police.
"To isolate this and say it was just a result of loud music at a party would
be wrong and even dangerous. Nobody should underestimate the fury out
there. We warned this would happen, and we know it will again.
Continued production gains
reaffirm economic recovery
WASHINGTON-A surge in auto production lifted America's factory out-
put 0.3 percent in February, the third month of improvement despite sharp
cutbacks in the unsettled oil industry, the Federal Reserve Board said
yesterday.
The month's gain was far weaker than January's revised 1.3 percent im-
provement, yet kept alive a string of increases that began in December.
"It confirms the December end of the recession," a jubilant Commerce
Department chief economist Robert Ortner said. "February is a pleasant
surprise."
Jack Lavery, chief economist for Merrill Lynch & Co., said the new in-
crease "reinforces the notion that the recovery is very much a reality."
In fact, he said, overall economic growth-as measured by inflation-ad-
justed gross national product-could soar at an annual rate as high as 6 per-
cent in the January-March quarter, the fastest pace in two years.
Burford escapes prosecution
WASHINGTON-Attorney General William French Smith yesterday vir-
tually ruled out criminal prosecution of Anne Burford, saying that
"Congress has done very well" in getting documents she withheld from
House investigators.
But Smith's insistence on not prosecuting contempt of Congress charges
against the former Environmental Protection Agency chief produced
several angry exchanges and a warning that the next executive branch of-
ficial who won't cooperate with Congress may not be so lucky.
"This matter is a matter that isn't going to go away," Rep. Peter Rodino
(D-N.J.), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, said. "We really are
searching for an answer because it is going to occur again."
As he left a committee hearing on the Justice Department's $3.4 billion
budget request, the attorney general was asked by a reporter if the Reagan
administration's agreement to give Congress the EPA documents it sought
ruled out prosecution of Burford.
"The case has been settled," he said. "You'll have to come to your own
conclusion."
Senate delays defense vote
WASHINGTON-Senate Republicans yesterday reluctantly postponed
critical votes on defense spending in hopes of working out sharp differences
with President Reagan, while House Democrats announced a "consensus"

budget blueprint of their own for fiscal 1984.
House Speaker Thomas O'Neill and other Democratic leaders spelled out a
Democratic alternative budget calling for much slower growth in defense
spending than Reagan wants, additional spending for domestic programs,
and new job-training and education programs.
"This is a consensus budget," O'Neill said of the $863.5 billion plan, con-
ceding there are still some differences among Democrats on increasing tax
revenues and other issues. Reagan's budget proposal is $848.5 billion.
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Wednesday, March 16, 1983
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