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FORT WORTH -- A group of attorneys who graduated from Texas Wesleyan Law school filed a complaint with the American Bar Association Friday against Texas A&M.

A&M took over the Wesleyan Law School in Fort Worth last year. So what does that mean for nearly 4,000 Wesleyan attorneys whose law school no longer exists?

A lot of them say that makes them Aggie alums now.

'I should have had an opportunity to get an honorary degree from A&M and wear the ring and be part of the family,' said Arlington lawyer Warren Norred. 'That's what should have happened.'

But that's not what happened when A&M Provost Karen Watson met Wesleyan alums after the changeover.

Watson told them A&M can't legally give them A&M degrees, and that they weren't entitled to wear the Aggie ring.

'The answer is no,' Provost Watson said. 'You don't get to wear the Aggie ring unless you attended A&M and met the academic requirements.'

'The fact is, they treat us like step children instead of adoptees,' said Norred, who graduated from Wesleyan Law in 2007.

He points out that A&M claims its law school has been accredited since 1994, and said if A&M wants to claim Wesleyan's history, it needs to claim its law graduates who made that history.

Norred got 500 signatures on a petition, and about a dozen lawyers signed a formal complaint with the American Bar Association.

'We haven't sued them yet,' Norred said, 'and we hope it doesn't come to that.'

'We have a weird situation here,' Watson told the alums last year.

But if you're going to gig a room full of lawyers, you have to know it's going to get complicated.

'Stop messing around and give me my ring,' Norred said.

E-mail jdouglas@wfaa.com

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