Charleston School of Law Chapter of Phi Delta Phi receives top honor

May 22, 2018 – The Pinckney Inn, the Charleston School of Law’s chapter of the international legal fraternity Phi Delta Phi, is the new International Inn of the Year for the 2017-18 school year.

Phi Delta Phi’s Court of Appeals recently awarded the Pinckney Inn its highest honor based on several criteria. “Pinckney Inn was chosen for their outstanding year in academic excellence, chapter activities, individual achievements and projects within their school and community,” explained Tyler Kocak, Phi Delta Phi’s director of membership and development. Canned food drive

The Pinckney Inn’s key events over the past year included:

  • Collecting and donating a 2,595 pounds of food to the Lowcountry Food Bank (a record high for the Pinckney Inn).
  • Hosting an Oyster Roast that raised $1,800 for Charleston Pro Bono Legal Services.
  • Working with the Children’s Advocacy and Family Law Society and the Black Law Students Association to collect Angel Tree gifts for 100 needy children and deliver the gifts to Charleston Development Academy.

PDP presenting check to Pro Bono Legal Services“Winning this award means a lot to the Pinckney Inn,” said rising 3L James Watson, who was the organization’s president during the 2017-18 school year and saw the organization’s membership increase from about 15 students to about 50. “It shows that our members are involved and committed to helping others to the best of their ability. It also shows the type of members that we have in the Pinckney Inn, and, by extension, at the Charleston School of Law. I could not be more proud of our members.”

The Pinckney Inn 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. This is the fourth time the Pinckney Inn has won International Inn of the year, which is the second most of any school. The International Legal Honor Society of Phi Delta Phi is the oldest legal organization in continuous existence in the United States.