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5/16/11: School's professional legal fraternity named #1 chapter for 2011

Pinckney Inn of Phi Delta Phi is International Inn of the Year

MAY 11, 2011 - The Charleston School of Law chapter of the nation's first professional fraternity and oldest legal organization has been named the top in the world, the school announced today.

The Pinckney Inn of the Charleston School of Law is the 2011 International Inn of the Year, according to Tim M. Wheat, executive director of the International Legal Fraternity of Phi Delta Phi. (An "inn" is similar to a chapter, but named after the old English Inns of Court.)

"Each year, Phi Delta Phi sponsors the International Inn of the Year competition to honor the outstanding student Inn of Phi Delta Phi for the academic year," Wheat said. "Competing Inns are judged by Phi Delta Phi's Court of Appeals on the basis of academic excellence of the Inn's members, activities conducted by the Inn, notable achievements of individual Inn members, an outstanding single project, and the extent to which the Inn has flourished over prior years.

"The members of the Court of Appeals are typically faced with a difficult decision each year," he said. "This year, however, the unanimous choice of the justices of the Court of Appeals was Pinckney Inn at the Charleston School of Law."

The local organization is named in honor of Charles Pinckney (1757-1824), a South Carolina signer of the U.S. Constitution, governor, U.S. senator and ambassador to Spain.

Among the key events over the past year for members of the Pinckney Inn at Charleston School of Law were:

  • Hosting a Pop Culture Palooza that raised $1,000 for Charleston Pro Bono Legal Services.
  • Hosting a two-hour ethics Continuing Legal Education forum on ethical issues. It was attended by 59 lawyers; $1,000 was donated to Charleston Pro Bono Legal Services.
  • Collecting and donating 2,799 pounds of food and $250 to the Lowcountry Food Bank.

"We are thrilled to see one of the most respected legal organizations in the country present this award to our students for giving back to their communities," Associate Dean of Students Abby Saunders said. "Every year, our students give thousands of hours in free help to community organizations locally and throughout the state."

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Release Date: 5/16/2011