- Associated Press - Thursday, August 7, 2014

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A former federal judge is resigning as an attorney for Alabama State University.

The Montgomery-based school released a resignation letter on Wednesday from former U.S. District Judge U.W. Clemon of Birmingham.

In the letter, Clemon writes that his firm is dropping Alabama State as a client because officials failed to heed advice about switching auditing firms.

Clemon writes that the university has the right to reject legal advice. But he also says the decision resulted in a downgrading of the university’s bonds and other problems.

Alabama State hired Clemon last year amid questions about finances and alleged conflicts of interest at the university.

The Montgomery Advertiser (https://on.mgmadv.com/V4jDbz ) reports Alabama State has paid Clemon’s firm more than $400,000 in the last 20 months.

Alabama State trustees are scheduled to meet Friday.

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