Paul L. Caron

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Charleston Law School Faculty Oppose Sale to InfiLaw

Charleston LogoFollowing up on my prior posts (links below):  Charleston Post and Courier, Public Hearing Friday on License for InfiLaw to Run Charleston School of Law:

Many Charleston School of Law faculty members are making a last-ditch effort to stop the sale of the school to InfiLaw System. 

Two groups of faculty members last week sent letters to the state Commission on Higher Education, encouraging members not to grant the for-profit InfiLaw a license to operate the law school.

The commission earlier this month was expected to vote on whether to grant InfiLaw a license to operate the private Charleston school. But its Academic Affairs and Licensing Committee deferred the matter, and then scheduled two public hearings to get more input before it makes a final decision. One of those hearings will be held Friday morning. ...

Charleston School of Law faculty members Randall Bridwell and Gerald Finkel already have spoken out publicly against the sale, a move they think would harm the Charleston school. Last week, eight other faculty members joined Bridwell and Finkel in sending a letter to the commission, encouraging members not to support a license for InfiLaw.

In the letter, faculty members said under InfiLaw, the school's sense of community would be replaced with "a culture of intimidation and fear." They also said InfiLaw schools had lower standards than those of the Charleston school. "We do not wish to see the Charleston School of Law mirror the admissions practices, attrition rates, transfer rates, or educational programs at the InfiLaw consortium schools," the letter stated.

It was signed by eight other faculty members: Constance Anastopoulo, Sheila Scheuerman, Miller Shealy, Stephen Spitz, Nancy Zisk, Allyson Haynes Stuart, Aleatra Williams and William Want.

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Prior TaxProf Blog posts:

Update: National Law Journal, Faculty Groups Oppose Sale of Charleston Law School

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Because eventually closing the doors is a totally better option.

Posted by: JS | May 15, 2014 6:33:40 PM