Charleston Post and Courier, New Charleston School of Law President Steps Down:
Maryann Jones has stepped down as the Charleston School of Law's president after only eight days on the job.
The law school has been embroiled in a controversy for more than a year over the possible sale to the for-profit InfiLaw System, which owns three other law schools.
Two of the school's three owners, George Kosko and Robert Carr, are in favor of the sale. But Ed Westbrook, the third owner, is pushing to form a nonprofit corporation to run the 10-year-old school, which also is for-profit.
But the owners voted unanimously Nov. 13 to hire Jones as president.
In an email sent late Thursday to Kosko, Carr and Abrams, Jones said she decided not to take the reins of the private, downtown law school, and would not sign a contract. "The level of vitriol, with all sides making me a lightning rod for an unfortunate situation that was not of my making, makes this truly a situation that I am unwilling at this stage of my life to undertake." Jones stated in the email.
Westbrook earlier Thursday had sent Jones a letter expressing his disappointment in her speaking to faculty and students in support of a sale to InfiLaw. To get his vote, Jones had agreed to be objective, and to learn more about alternatives for the school, Westbrook stated.
He also stated that he was disappointed that Jones hadn't yet met with him and his attorney Dawes Cooke to discuss the school's future. Westbrook's letter also revealed that Jones was being offered only a three-month contract.
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Prior TaxProf Blog coverage:
- Charleston Law School Signs Management Agreement With InfiLaw. Is Sale Next? (July 27, 2013)
- Charleston Law School Agrees to Buyout by InfiLaw, but Solicits Other Offers (Aug. 28, 2013)
- ABA-Accredited Law School Listed for Sale on Craigslist (Sept. 10, 2013)
- Charleston Law School Faculty Oppose Sale to InfiLaw (May 15, 2014)
- South Carolina Committee Rejects InfiLaw Purchase of Charleston Law School (May 20, 2014)
- Charleston Law School Founders Withdrew $25 Million in Profits, Leaving School in Precarious Financial Condition (May 25, 2014)
- Charleston Law School Founder Opposes InfiLaw's Proposed Acquisition, Offers to Donate His 1/3 Interest to Create Nonprofit Law School (May 30, 2014)
- NY Times on InfiLaw's Proposed Acquisition of Charleston Law School (June 4, 2014)
- Charleston Law School Agrees to Buyout by InfiLaw, but Solicits Other Offers (Aug. 28, 2014)
- ABA Recommends Approval of Sale of Charleston Law School to InfiLaw (Nov. 9, 2014)