Sanders returns to Charleston School of Law as chair emeritus

By Liz Segrist
lsegrist@scbiznews.com
Published Aug. 8, 2013

Judge Alex Sanders, co-founder of the Charleston School of Law, has returned as chair emeritus, two weeks after the school announced a management agreement with InfiLaw.

“The governing board of the Charleston School of Law has asked me to accept the title of chair emeritus. I am happy to accept,” Sanders said in a statement. “Although I have retired from the board and no longer have any ownership interest in the school, the Charleston School of Law has my continued and enthusiastic support.”

Sanders served as the 19th president of the College of Charleston, chief judge of the S.C. Court of Appeals and a member of the S.C. House of Representatives and the S.C. Senate.

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InfiLaw to manage Charleston School of Law

Uncertainty circulated among an anxious student body after the school entered into a management services agreement with The InfiLaw System, a Florida-based consortium of independent law schools, on July 25.

Under the agreement, InfiLaw will co-manage the Charleston School of Law. The school’s board, dean and faculty will remain the same for the coming year.

But hundreds of Charleston School of Law students attended a recent town hall meeting to ask questions about the new agreement. Many are worried about InfiLaw’s reputation among some in the legal community as being less selective during the admissions process.

Charleston School of Law accepted 50% of its applicants for the Class of 2017, while InfiLaw schools Florida Coastal School of Law accepted 67%; Charlotte School of Law accepted 69% and Phoenix School of Law hit 73%, according to lawschoolnumbers.com.

Sanders said he inquired into the recent agreement between the school and InfiLaw, and that he was assured the school’s culture, mission and core values would remain with its history. He was also told the school would continue to be students focused with faculty accessibility.

“CSOL will continue its commitment to the city of Charleston and its bench and bar,” Abrams said in a statement. “As a result, I am convinced there is every reason to believe that the arrangement between the Charleston School of Law and InfiLaw will bring about a bright future for the school and will result in an even better school.”

Subscribe to the Charleston Regional Business Journal to read more about the InfiLaw agreement in Monday’s paper.

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