In this edition of The InfiLaw Triumph: The Charleston Saga, I give you this piece of muckrucking, capitalist-envy journalism:
Five respected judges and lawyers started the Charleston School of Law a decade ago with the lofty goal of training attorneys committed to public service.
But beginning in 2010, the well-connected founders and owners with deep South Carolina roots began draining money from the school, withdrawing $25 million in profits by 2013 that they split among themselves.Jealousy is quite ugly. It is particularly distasteful when it manifests itself in nasty hypocrisy. The state had no problem licensing Charleston as a for-profit school and allowing these elite lawyers to peddle legal education for noble purposes as a way of enhancing their own investment portfolios and raking in a few million each in that sweet, sweet delicious and easy student loan-backed revenues. That form of dragon-chasing was perfectly cool.
Their taking out the profits instead of re-investing in the school has left it in such financial shambles its future remains uncertain.
But now InfiLaw wants to show up and do basically the same thing, only with more opportunity for diversity and access to education, and suddenly a bunch of pseudo-employed jackwads decide to cry foul.
2. The Lower Case Law Dean
In bittersweet news, Dean Peter Alexander suddenly resigned from Indiana Tech on the Friday before a holiday weekend. Dean Alexander's tenure is to be commended. Although naysayers said a law school in Fort Wayne would not work, Dean Alexander kept it going strong for a year. In a time when most law schools were cutting back on enrollment, Indiana Tech went up +28 students or so. And of course, let us not forget that Dean Alexander went head-to-head with the ignominious Paul Campos.
We wish him well in whatever BigLaw partner, elite foundation chair, judgeship, or other employment capacity to which he is moving.
But out of the burnt pit of sadness and despair rises of the phoenix of eloquent flame-throwing:
Indiana Tech announced andré douglas pond cummings, who does not use capital letters in his name, will serve as the interim dean at the school.
Cummings is the associate dean for academic affairs and a professor of law at the fledgling law school.Andre Douglas Pond Cummings, d/b/a andre douglas pond cummings, has risen from being a leading scholar in hip-hop and the law and serving youth in the Chicago ghetto to being a prestigious law dean in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Those of you who doubt there is karma and justice in the world, your faith, I'm sure, is restored.