Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Justices Scalia and Kagan at Ole Miss

The University of Mississippi School of Law is proud to host a conversation with Justices Kagan and Scalia on December 15. I was a little worried that the crowd would be small, since exams end for all students on December 13. Instead, we have sold out a venue holding over 700 people, and are looking to move the event to the Gertrude Ford Center for the Performing Arts, which was the venue for the 2008 Presidential Debate.

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Friday, November 21, 2014

Maryann Jones Resigns as CSOL President

According to the Charleston Post and Courier, Maryann Jones has stepped down from the presidency of the Charleston School of Law after only about a week. The story can be found at:

November 21, 2014 | Permalink | Comments (1)

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Jones Named New President of Charleston School of Law

From the Charleston School of Law:

Jones named new president of Charleston School of Law
Effective today, she will serve as top executive at school


NOV. 13, 2014 -- Highly-respected legal educator Maryann Jones is the new president of the Charleston School of Law, school leaders announced today.

While Dean Andy Abrams will continue to serve as the school's top academic officer, Jones takes over today as the school's top executive following a unanimous vote by the school’s board of directors. 

"This is a thrilling opportunity to join a respected school as it matures," said Jones, who has served as dean emerita of Western State University College of Law in Fullerton, Calif., since June 2009. That year, she began service as an independent educational consultant with the Charleston School of Law to provide guidance on accreditation, assessment and programmatic issues.

“We are indeed fortunate to have an individual with the experience and expertise of Maryann Jones assuming a leadership position here at the Charleston School of Law,” Abrams said today.  “Having previously played a significant role in our initial American Bar Association accreditation efforts and later in the establishment of our J.D./M.B.A. dual degree with the College of Charleston, her knowledge of legal education, in general, and the Charleston School of Law, in particular, will be invaluable at this pivotal time in the life of our law school.”

Jones served in various roles at the California school, including dean and president from 2004 to 2009. She first joined the school as a professor in 1990. She taught civil procedure, administrative law and legal writing as well as performed a wide range of academic leadership duties.

Jones, who has a bachelor's degree from Trinity College in Connecticut, earned her law degree and graduated with honors from Chicago-Kent College of Law in 1982. After military service in the Judge Advocate General's Corps from 1983 to 1986, she entered private practice, continuing duty in the Army Reserves until 1989.

Jones has been admitted to the bar to practice before the Supreme Court of Illinois, Northern District of Illinois, Army Court of Military Review, Supreme Court of California and Central District of California. She has broad service in legal education and community organizations.

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Friday, November 7, 2014

ABA Committee Recommendation re: Infilaw's Purchase of Charleston


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Above is the letter from the ABA to Dean Abrams at the Charleston School of Law recommending that the sale to Infiliaw be approved by the ABA Council. The approval depends on Infilaw's ability to secure a licence from the SC Commission on Higher Education. 

It should be noted that Infilaw has six months to close the deal, or the acquiescence expires.

November 7, 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0)