Alumni in the News: Dukes named to 'Legal Elite' list

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Charleston Business Magazine has named Saxton & Stump attorney Rene Stuhr Dukes to its 2023 “Legal Elite” list, a peer-voted compilation of some of the best attorneys in the Charleston, S.C., area.

Dukes received the recognition in the area of family law. Attorneys in the Charleston area nominated fellow lawyers for the list, and only attorneys can vote on which of their peers makes the Legal Elite list. This is the fifth consecutive time the magazine named Dukes to the list.

Dukes is a shareholder and the chair of the Saxton & Stump Family Law Group. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia, an M.Ed. in clinical counseling, and her law degree from Charleston School of Law. Dukes holds an AV rating with Martindale-Hubbell.

She was named a South Carolina Super Lawyers “Rising Star” from 2016 to 2022, and in 2019, Charleston County named her the “Pro Bono Attorney of the Year.”


The Charleston School of Law is an ABA-accredited law school nationally recognized for its student-centric culture. Our faculty and staff are committed to preparing you for success both in the classroom and in the legal profession.

  • The Princeton Review ranks Charleston School of Law professors second in the country for faculty accessibility (2021)
  • Charleston School of Law faculty ranked among the top of The Princeton Review’s list of Best Professors in the nation (2016-2018)
  • Experiential Learning: Charleston School of Law students have access to about more than 150 externship sites, creating opportunities for experiential learning in the legal field.
  • Community Service: Charleston School of Law students have performed more than 241,000 community service hours (2004-current).
  • Students have won the National Tax Moot Court Championship for seven consecutive years (2012-2018)

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