Thursday, August 8, 2013

Alex Sanders back as chair emeritus at Charleston School of Law

Co-founder promises ‘continued and enthusiastic support’ after InfiLaw deal

Posted by Paul Bowers on Thu, Aug 8, 2013 at 11:28 AM

Judge Alex Sanders, a founding member of the board of directors at the Charleston School of Law, has rejoined the school's leadership in the position of Chair Emeritus.

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"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 wrote in a press release sent to faculty and students Wednesday afternoon. "I will support the school in any way that I can, including by continuing to participate in the Professionalism Series, as well as seminar programs."

In the release, Sanders wrote about the school's controversial decision to enter a management services agreement with Florida-based company InfiLaw Systems. Rumors have swirled about the School of Law's possible sale to InfiLaw, but a town hall meeting held for students last week yielded few specifics about the school's future. Sanders wrote in the release that he was "assured of the following" in regards to the InfiLaw deal:

• The culture, mission and core values of CSOL will remain consistent with its history.

• InfiLaw was carefully selected because of its commitment to maintain the culture, mission and core values of CSOL.

• CSOL will continue to be student focused and place a major emphasis on high quality teaching and faculty accessibility.

• CSOL will continue to teach the practice of law as a profession, having as its chief aim providing public service, and will maintain the pro bono graduation requirement.

• CSOL will continue its commitment to the City of Charleston and its Bench and Bar.

Sanders, the former chief judge of the state Court of Appeals and ex-president of the College of Charleston, previously served as chairman of the School of Law's board, but he quit the board earlier this year — according to him, just before the school's controversial management services agreement with InfiLaw was inked. FITSNews, a blog that has been highly critical of the School of Law, wrote last week that Sanders had quit the board "in protest," but Sanders says that was not the case.

"I know that it seems remarkably coincidental that it happened at the same time, but that's just a coincidence," Sanders said of his decision to leave the board in a phone interview last week.

"I decided to leave because I am almost 75 years old," Sanders continued. "I was involved in a bad accident back in May that disabled me for a long time ... I am tired. I am exhausted."

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