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Slur Spurs School Name Change

Posted Jul 19, 2007 12:01 PM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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The Ralph R. Papitto School of Law needs a new name.

The school’s namesake asked for the name change after a controversy erupted over his use of a racial slur, Associated Press reports. Ralph Papitto used the n-word at a May 2 meeting of Roger Williams University, which owns the Rhode Island law school.

``I take full responsibility for this matter and ask for understanding from the community,'' he said in a statement. Papitto has resigned from the board, which he chaired 40 years. He is a major donor to the school.

He said he had never used the n-word before but it "slipped out" during a discussion of the need for diversity at the university. (ABAJournal.com noted the controversy at this post.)

A hat tip to the Wall Street Journal Law Blog, which posted the news.

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