on May 20, 2007 by in Uncategorized, Comments (0)

Charleston School of Law holds its first graduation

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) _ South Carolina’s newest law school graduated its first class of 186 students Saturday.

“These are our pioneers,” Charleston School of Law Dean Richard Gershon said. “These graduates are a group who will forever leave an impact on the Charleston School of Law. They were our partners in building the school to what it is now and to what it will become.”

The school in downtown Charleston opened in August 2004 and now has about 600 students. It received provisional accreditation from the American Bar Association in December.

Former Democratic U.S. Sen. Ernest “Fritz” Hollings invoked names like Patrick Henry, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Franklin D. Roosevelt as he told the graduates that lawyers are among the greatest American leaders.

“Today as you graduate, America’s heart is strong,” Hollings said. “We’ve got strong communities, the most productive industries, the most competitive society. People are ready, willing and able to sacrifice. But we need, in their wake, the graduating class of 2007 lawyers to give her a steady hand. You can do it.”

Hollings received an honorary doctorate from the school along with state Chief Justice Jean Toal and William Wilkins, chief judge of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.