The Legal Beat
Charlotte Law School Excels At Making Enemies Everywhere
Posted on Thursday February 16, 2017
The federal government? Check. Alumni? Check. Students? Check. Faculty? Check. They even got the ABA to impose a modicum of regulatory oversight. Do you know how difficult that is? The Great Rubber Stamp Famine of 1982 didn’t even get the ABA to question a law school.
Charlotte Law may have a lot of problems being a “Law School” but they’re truly the Yale of royally pissing people off.
For example, when you run a troubled law school and your students have had their finances cut off at the knees, maybe you hold a town hall to allow them to vent their concerns while you make your case for keeping the faith. Or, like, don’t. Either way. But what you don’t do is promise your students that you’ll hear all their concerns and then… never hold the event.
So, with that groundwork laid, who have they ticked off today? Well, one student decided to touch base with the administration on their pledge to hold a town hall:
Oops. Looks like Charlotte students have long memories — or at least enough to remember when the administration presiding over their debt problems makes promises it fails to keep.
For the record, remember when Charlotte not-so-subtly threatened to interfere with a student’s bar admission because he criticized the school’s steadfast refusal to take the bare measure of responsibility required to get federal money back to the students? Well, since he’s already on blast, Jeremy Snyder decided to become the unofficial troubadour of student complaints and write this email (screencap of the email available here).
But the students aren’t the only ones angry today. After Charlotte alumni penned a thoughtful demand that President Ogene and Dean Conison resign for driving the school off the cliff, Charlotte responded by pissing all over these concerns and launching into a tirade about how this was all Obama’s fault and blowing kisses to their new spirit animal Betsy DeVos to let them off the hook. As one might imagine, the alumni didn’t take kindly to this (and their response letter is available here).
…the administration should not lose sight of the fact that the Alumni Association includes members from every class to have graduated from CSL…. Our members have borne witness to the erosion of CSL’s foundational principles. Accordingly, we need not “recycle allegations made by now-departed political appointees” because we have collectively lived it, as students and now alumni. To suggest otherwise ignored the Alumni’s sincere attempts to improve CSL by advocating for what is in the best interests of the students, faculty, and Alumni.
If that seems harsh, it’s only because you haven’t read the next paragraph:
Finally, the Administration suggests there is an appropriate time “in the future” to address the Alumni’s concerns — we disagree. The “appropriate” time to address the Alumni’s concerns was years ago when we first brought our concerns to the attention of CSL’s administrations and the InfiLaw System.
Good luck President Ogene and Dean Conison. Hey, if your transparent efforts to suck up to the new for-profit regime at DOE fall through, maybe you can ingratiate yourselves with the administration enough to bring your talents to the White House. When it comes to infuriating people seeking simple answers to their questions, even Sean Spicer would recognize your talents.
(The email and Alumni letter appear over the next two pages…)
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