Charleston School of Law Names New Dean

Staff Report From Charleston CEO

Friday, April 3rd, 2020

 President J. Edward Bell, III of the Charleston School of Law announced that Larry Cunningham, J.D., has been selected as Dean of the Charleston School of Law after a nationwide search. Cunningham comes from St. John’s University School of Law in Queens, New York, where he has been a law professor for 12 years and has served as Vice Dean, Associate Academic Dean, Associate Dean for Student Services, and Assistant Dean for Students. Most recently he has been leading the school’s efforts in assessment and strategic planning as Associate Dean for Assessment and Institutional Effectiveness. He also serves as the Director of the Center for Trial and Appellate Advocacy.  

President Bell said Larry Cunningham was an outstanding applicant for this position and brings the necessary energy and expertise needed at a law school of this caliber.  

“I am excited to be joining Charleston School of Law,” said Cunningham. “During my visit, I was impressed by the faculty’s commitment to students and effective teaching. The students I met with were energetic, thoughtful, and committed to using their education to serve the greater good. I look forward to helping the Law School achieve its goals in the years to come.” He recorded a video message introducing himself to students, in which he describes his commitment to providing students with a practice-ready education.

Cunningham will begin his position on June 30, 2020.

“Outgoing Dean Andy Abrams, who has been a staunch supporter and guiding force of the law school for the past 12 years, has not only been an asset to our school, but his leadership and guidance has helped us get through some very tumultuous times, keeping the school on solid and firm ground,” said Bell. “We are fortunate that Andy Abrams will remain on the faculty at Charleston School of Law and continue to teach our students in his unique way.”