Law student group win international honor for fifth time

June 10, 2019 – A Charleston School of Law chapter of an international student legal society was named its top school organization in May for the fifth time since 2011.

“This is another outstanding honor for students at our law school and I’m proud of the work they’re doing to promote a higher standard of professional ethics in law,” said President Ed Bell. Phi Delta Phi students handing check to Pro Bono Legal Services

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The Pinckney Inn, the formal name of the local chapter, was named 2019 International Inn of the Year by the International Legal Honor Society of Phi Delta Phi, which was established in 1869 to promote a higher standard of professional ethics.  One of the oldest legal organizations in North America, Phi Delta Phi has 131 active chapters, known as inns and halls.  The organization has initiative more than 200,000 over the years, according to its website.

“The Pinckney Inn’s selection as the 2019 International Inn of the Year represents a wonderful achievement for an outstanding group of students and reflects the Charleston School of Law’s ongoing efforts towards improving the community around us,” said Nick Sanders, Dean of Students at the school.  “I am grateful for the contribution of the Pinckney Inn to making the school such a dynamic community and offer my sincerest congratulations.”

During the 2018-19 school year, members of the Pinckney Inn participated in several public service projects, including partnering with a Charleston nonprofit to provide Christmas gifts to elementary students in Title I schools where poverty rates are more than 40 percent.  The group also participate in a broad range of student organizations and hosted an annual oyster roast to raise money for a pro bono legal services program.

The Pinckney Inn also was named Phi Delta Phi’s International Inn of the Year in 2011, 2012, 2015 and 2018.