Law school mourns the loss of student

The Charleston School of Law family mourns the loss of Katherine (“Kat”) Westbrook, a 2L law student, who passed away Monday night.

The daughter of Liesl and Edward Westbrook, Kat was an active in member on campus, serving as President of the Alliance for Equality and a member of the Dean’s Diversity Council. Last summer, she received the prestigious Ackerman Fellowship at Charleston Pro Bono Legal Services. Kat Westbrook was a graduate of Emerson College.

“Kat was a dedicated member of our community, and we will miss her greatly,” said Larry Cunningham, Provost and Dean at the Charleston School of Law. “Please keep Kat’s family and friends in your thoughts.”

Visitation will be held this Sunday from 5-7 p.m. at J. Henry Stuhr Funeral Home (1494 Mathis Ferry Road, Mt. Pleasant) followed by a Catholic Funeral Mass on Monday morning at 10:30 a.m. at Christ Our King Catholic Church (1122 Russell Drive, Mt. Pleasant).

The Charleston School of Law has partnered with the MUSC Student Counseling Clinic, which is available to speak to students 24 hours a day, free of charge.  Instructions for accessing the clinic were sent to students along with the announcement of Kat’s passing.

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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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