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Joseph F. Rice School of Law

School of Law to examine modern policing issues

The University of South Carolina School of Law will hold two community talks to examine some of the most important issues in policingincluding police use of force—on Friday, March 1 from 9–11:45 a.m.  The talks, which are free and open to the public, will be held in the Judge Karen J. Williams Courtroom at the School of Law, located at 1525 Senate Street. 

The talks have been approved for 2.5 hours of CLE credit.


Contemporary Issues in Policing | 9–10:15 a.m.

Moderator: Prof. Thomas P. Crocker, University of South Carolina School of Law

Panelists include:

  • Kassy Alia, Founder, Serve & Connect
  • Prof. Kami Chavis, Wake Forest University School of Law
  • Prof. Mary Fan, University of Washington School of Law
  • Prof. David Harris, University of Pittsburgh School of Law
  • Major Dana Oree, Columbia Police Department
  • Prof. Chris Slobogin, Vanderbilt Law School


Policing and the Use of Force | 10:30–11:45 a.m.

Moderator: Prof. Seth Stoughton, University of South Carolina School of Law

Panelists include:

  • Prof. Geoff Alpert, University of South Carolina Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • State Representative Justin Bamberg,  D-Bamberg
  • Deputy Chief Chris Cowan, Richland County Sheriff’s Office
  • Prof. David Sklansky, Stanford Law School
  • Prof. Jordan Woods, University of Arkansas School of Law


The community talks are the first part of the two-day Law of the Police Conference, which seeks to explore the complex issues surrounding modern policing and examine how, together, law enforcement and society can navigate this complicated relationship and devise solutions to these issues.  Following the community talks, law professors and academics from across the country will participate in scholarly works-in-progress and research presentations.

The Law of the Police Conference is sponsored by the University of South Carolina School of Law and School of Law student chapters of the American Constitution Society, the Black Law Students Association, and the Federalist Society.  It is organized by Professor Seth Stoughton, whose work on the regulation of police is frequently featured in both academic journals such as the Minnesota Law Review, the Tulane Law Review, the Virginia Law Review, and news publications such as The New York Times, The Atlantic, and TIME.

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