Posted on Jun 18, 2015
As reported in this morning's News & Advance, Kevin W. Mottley and the Mottley Law Firm have filed a motion on behalf of three Sweet Briar College students who want to save the school. The students' motion to intervene, which was filed earlier this week, asks the court to consider the students' Uniform Trust Code claims together with the the trust claims made on behalf of the Commonwealth by Amherst County Attorney Ellen Bowyer. "These students share a deep love of their school and a desire to do what they can do to save it. And if that's what they want to do, I want to help them. I think their voices need to be heard. They have a seat at the table," Mottley said. Each of the students named as plaintiffs would return to Sweet Briar College if it remained open. Their intervening complaint asserts that the school should remain open, that it should continue to be operated in compliance with the will of Indiana Fletcher Williams, and that the current board of trustees should be removed and replaced with a special fiduciary. A hearing on the students' motion to intervene is noticed for June 22, 2015, which is the start of a three-day trial on the Commonwealth of Virginia's motion for a temporary injunction to stop the school's closing.