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Charleston School of Law, which may be sold to a for-profit company, is enduring  continuing controversy, as faculty members receive buy-out offers,  a former dean levies blistering criticism at the plan to convert the institution into a for-profit business, and its founder severs ties to the school.
The Post-Courier in Charleston, South Carolina, has recently reported on a number of significant developments at the school that has been buffeted by controversy following the July 2013 announcement of a potential sale to the for-profit InfiLaw System.  
According to the Post-Courier, "Opponents of a sale to InfiLaw, which includes many students, faculty and members of the state’s legal community, have said they think a sale to InfiLaw would decrease the value of a Charleston School of Law degree because the company’s three other law schools have lower standards than the Charleston school."
Most recently, the newspaper disclosed that the law school's founder, Ed Westbrook, had resigned from the school's three-member board and is planning to sever ties to the school that he opened with a small group of lawyers and judges in 2004.    According to the newspaper, Westbrook is interested in converting the school to a nonprofit, while  the two other board members wish to consummate the sale to InfiLaw.   The newspaper had previously published an item disclosing that the school's founding dean, Richard Gershon, had "published a scathing blog post" about the other two board members, George Kosko and Robert Carr, in which he called them "the embodiment of lucre and malice."
Earlier this month, the Post-Courier reported that the law school is offering buyouts to select faculty members, including those with tenure.  The offers are part of the law school's ongoing efforts to resolve financial problems.



 


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