Charleston School of Law seeks to create a campus environment that welcomes and fosters diversity in broad aspects. The Departments and Offices work to be inclusive. The Office of Diversity Initiatives, in particular, carries out the mission by creating an inclusive environment on campus, in the Lowcountry, and throughout the State of South Carolina.

The Founders of Charleston School of Law created this law school (only the second in South Carolina) to reach those who were underrepresented in the legal profession and to address inequities that exist among South Carolinians.

The Founders created Charleston School of Law with the two main objectives listed in its Mission Statement:

(1) To teach the practice of law as a profession, having as its chief aim providing public service; and

(2) To teach the law as a means of providing relief for those who suffer because they are helpless, weak, outnumbered or because they are victims of prejudice.



Creating Positive Change through Campus Events


Creating Positive Change by Inclusion and Diversity

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Speaking of Diversity – by Debra J. Gammons

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Diversity Week
at Charleston School of Law
March 22-26, 2021

Education, Unity, Change

Tues. March 23, 12 p.m.
Education Across the Board — A discussion with education leaders on education’s impact unifying society and ways individuals can create positive change.

Dr. Gerrita Postlewait
Charleston County School District Superintendent


Dr. Andrew Hsu
College of Charleston President


Larry CunninghamPicture of Dean Larry Cunningham
Charleston School of Law Dean


Judge Kristi Harrington



Wed. March 24, 12 p.m.
Courts and Change — Judge Margaret B. Seymour, the first Black female judge to serve on the Federal Bench in S.C. discusses her history and the Court’s role in positive change.

Thurs. March 25, 12 p.m.
Identity and Representation — Arlinda Locklear, the first female Native American to argue before the U.S. Supreme Court discusses how her identity has shaped her life and the practice  of law.

Arlinda Locklear
Attorney at Law


Fri. March 26, 12 p.m.
Cocinar por Unidad — Stephany Garcia, Latina/o Law Student Association President discusses her love of cooking and how to make tostadas tingas. Grab your ingredients and prepare una comida deliciosa.


To contact the Office of Diversity Initiatives, click the common box at charlestonlawdiversity@charlestonlaw.edu or send a message to Professor Debra J. Gammons by clicking here.

Debra Gammons

Debra J. Gammons
Director of the Office Diversity Initiatives
Distinguished Visiting Professor

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