Paul L. Caron

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Dean Of 'Beleaguered' Charlotte Law School Steps Down; Interim Dean Named

Charlotte Logo (2016)Following up on my previous posts (links below): Charlotte Observer, Top Charlotte School of Law Leader Steps Down:

With his school’s future hanging in the balance, the dean of the beleaguered Charlotte School of Law is stepping down.

Jay Conison has led the uptown, for-profit school for almost four years. Charlotte Law announced his departure with a four-paragraph statement Monday afternoon. Conison will remain on the faculty, the statement said. He will be replaced on an interim basis by Scott Broyles, a former federal prosecutor who joined the Charlotte faculty in 2006.

The school’s alumni, which in February called on Conison and school President Chidi Ogene to resign, applauded the change. ...

Conison led the for-profit school during its most tumultuous era and leaves his leadership position while the uptown school straddles an uncertain future. In November, the school was placed on probation by the American Bar Association for longstanding problems with admission, curriculum and bar exam test scores. A month later, the Department of Education made the school the first-ever accredited law school to lose access to the federal student-loan program. The department singled out Conison and school President Chidi Ogene and accused them of hiding the seriousness of the school’s shortcomings from current and prospective students. ...

In an email to students Monday, Ogene appeared to confirm that the Department of Education has approved a resumption of loans for the current semester for students who received them in the fall.

The long-range outlook for the money remains unclear, however. This month, Ogene and other school leaders met with the American Bar Association over what is known as a teach-out plan. Under the strategy, a closing school partners with another institution to make sure its current students can complete their educations. ...

Student leaders, who joined faculty and alumni in calling for the ouster of Ogene and Conison, said the change was necessary. But they wondered about the timing and why it stopped with Conison. ...

Former faculty member Brian Clarke called Conison’s resignation “a necessary move if the school is to have credibility with the students and remaining faculty. Jay had just lost credibility, justifiably or not.” But Clarke questioned whether the move will markedly improve the school’s prospects. “With Chidi still president and InfiLaw still in place, not much can change,” he said.

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I was recently through Charleston. Passed the law school. 'For Lease' signs hanging all over it. Doesn't look good.

Posted by: grump | Mar 22, 2017 4:21:15 AM