Below is a copy of an electronic mail message sent from the president of the Charleston School of Law (CSOL) student body regarding recent developments at the school …
I know the last 2 days have been confusing with all the news surrounding the law school’s new alliance with InfiLaw. In an effort to do away with speculation and rumors, and to allow all of us an opportunity to get answers to our questions and concerns, there will be a Town Hall meeting this coming Tuesday (July 30th) at 5:00PM in Chase 107 with a representative from InfiLaw, at least one member of the Board, and Dean Abrams. This will be an excellent opportunity for everyone to become informed of the facts, to understand the impact of recent events, and to share concerns and questions about what will define our school’s future.
The more that I have thought about this new alliance and the more people I have spoken with about it, the more I understand that ownership is not what made this school what it is today, and a change in ownership will not define what the law school will be tomorrow. It is the faculty, it is the staff, it is all of us students. There is something special about this law school, and I noticed it from the first time I showed up for a tour, from the first students I met, to the first professor I met, to the first days of Orientation and class, I knew there was, and still is, something different about this place. And I believe it is that feeling of being a part of something special that has contributed to the uncertainty over the last few days. We do not want anyone to change what we love best about our school. However, at this point, we do not know all of the facts. We owe it to our school, to our education, and to ourselves to make sure we get the facts and that we are informed before we make any decisions or form any opinions.
I will continue to serve as a voice for the student body to the Administration and InfiLaw. Please feel free to contact me for any reason. I look forward to seeing you all on Tuesday.
Daniel W. Cooper
Candidate for Juris Doctor – 2014
Law Clerk, 9th Circuit Solicitor’s Office
President, Student Bar Association
Charleston School of Law
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