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USC report on protective orders highlights ways to address domestic violence

The multi-disciplinary collaboration provides the first glimpse of data on Orders of Protection at the state and local level throughout South Carolina.

US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit holds hearing at USC Joseph F. Rice School of Law

Students observed oral arguments for three cases heard by Chief Judge Albert Diaz, Judge A. Marvin Quattlebaum, Jr. '89, and Judge William B. Traxler, Jr '73.

March 2024: Faculty Scholarship & Impact

Faculty scholarship, news, and impact published in March 2024.

Why are Americans fighting over no-fault divorce? Maybe they can’t agree what marriage is for

Professor Marcia Zug shares her thoughts as well as a brief history of divorce, marriage, and the "marital bargain."

From Court to Court

2L Benjamin Bosmans-Verdonk balances basketball and law school.

Whose Beach is it Anyway?

Law professor Josh Eagle works to expand public beach access.

February 2024: Faculty Scholarship & Impact

Faculty scholarship, news, and impact published in February 2024.

Inaugural TechInLaw symposium invites attendees to consider the interplay of technology and law

Creighton Waters '96 delivered keynote on technology used in 2023 Alex Murdaugh trial.

President Biden nominates alumnus for judgeship on US Tax Court

Three-time USC graduate Adam B. Landy '09 is one of three nominees for the US Tax Court.

In Memoriam: Henry L. Brown '51

Law school honors the passing of a distinguished alumnus and WWII veteran.

Free tax assistance for qualifying South Carolinians

Law students volunteer to help community members prepare tax documents and enhance their legal skills with guidance from professor Clint Wallace.

January 2024: Faculty Scholarship & Impact

Faculty scholarship, news, and impact published in January 2024.

I. S. Leevy Johnson '68 delivers keynote steeped in history at MLK awards ceremony

The second annual Celebration of the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. reinforced the importance of collectively fighting injustice and honored legal organizations committed to public service.

Jacquelyn D. Austin '96 confirmed to US District Court for the District of South Carolina

Judge Austin will fill the vacancy left by Judge J. Michelle Childs '91 who is a now member of the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

Former SC Gov. Beasley to join faculty of USC Joseph F. Rice School of Law

Former South Carolina Gov. David Beasley will join the faculty of the University of South Carolina Joseph F. Rice School of Law on March 1.

Law professor selected to help lead federal advisory committee on transforming transportation

Bryant Walker Smith appointed vice chair of a new US Department of Transportation committee helping to shape AI policies.

CHAMPS awarded second million-dollar Duke Endowment grant

Research will emphasize the importance of medical-legal partnerships in addressing social determinants of health.

In Memoriam: Richard Earl Day

Remembering former dean of the USC Rice School of Law.

Law school hosts federal civil court hearing courtesy of Federal District Court Judge Joseph F. Anderson, Jr. '75

Students observed attorneys arguing the constitutionality of the SC Democratic Party's refusal to include a potential candidate on their primary ballot.

December 2023: Faculty Scholarship & Impact

Faculty scholarship, news, and impact published in December 2023.

November 2023: Faculty Scholarship & Impact

Faculty scholarship, news, and impact published in November 2023.

Jim Bowers: Making history

The USC Rice School of Law's first full-time Black law professor reflects on his impact 50 years later.

Inaugural Minority Pre-Law Summit aims to diversify the profession

The Office of Inclusive Excellence hosted local undergraduates for a hands-on lesson in what law school is really like.

USC School of Law named Joseph F. Rice School of Law

Learn more about well-known alumnus and trial attorney Joseph F. Rice '79.

Alumna Jacquelyn D. Austin nominated to United States District Court for the District of South Carolina

President Joe Biden selected Judge Austin to fill the vacancy left by the Honorable J. Michelle Childs ‘91 when she was sworn into the United States Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit.

October 2023: Faculty Scholarship & Impact

Faculty scholarship, news, and impact published in October 2023.

In Memoriam: Prue Goolsby

Law school mourns the passing of emerita librarian and friend Prue Goolsby.

September 2023: Faculty Scholarship & Impact

Faculty scholarship, news, and impact published in September 2023.

South Carolina Law welcomes outstanding new class

The Class of 2026 is the most academically impressive in the school's history.

August 2023: Faculty Scholarship & Impact

Faculty scholarship, news, and impact published in August 2023.

Master's in health systems law - the first of its kind in the state

The program also marks the law school's first master's degree and first educational offering available to non-lawyers.

USC Law alumna keeps learning, giving back

Alysja Carlisle, vice president and legal counsel at Belk, credits legal education at South Carolina Law for instilling her dedication to the community.

Advancing the police profession and public safety

The law school's innovative Excellence in Policing and Public Safety Program provides leadership training and research on the state's most pressing concerns.

Judicial Scholars Program Levels the Legal Playing Field

Paid judicial internships offer 1Ls hands-on experience, informing their future.

Advancing justice

Professor Brown brings drive for justice and equality as the first Mitchell Willoughby Distinguished Professor of Advocacy and Public Justice.

July 2023: Faculty Scholarship & Impact

Faculty scholarship, news, and impact published in July 2023.

June 2023: Faculty Scholarship & Impact

Faculty scholarship, news, and impact published in June 2023.

May 2023: Faculty Scholarship & Impact

Faculty scholarship, news, and impact published in May 2023.

Professors reveal initial findings of first-ever statewide study on protective orders

The joint effort, coordinated by Lisa Martin and Suzanne Swan, aims to increase access to justice for victims and support for victim advocates.

Class of 2023 celebrates commencement

Commencement exercises were held on May 5 in the Horseshoe for the School's Class of 2023.

SC Law jumps 24 places in U.S. News and World Report ranking

Changes to evaluative measures and weighted scores reflect the importance of outcomes for graduates.

Celebrating 2023 Award Winners

The Law School recognizes students, faculty and staff who have made outstanding achievements in the 2022-2023 academic year.

April 2023: Faculty Scholarship & Impact

Faculty scholarship, news, and impact published in April 2023.

USC Law Dean William Hubbard elected to prestigious national academy

As a new member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Hubbard joins the ranks of Nobel and Pulitzer prize winners serving the public good.

Driven by curiosity

Law professor probes intersection of law, technology and transportation.

Civility on the bench

USC alumna DeAndrea Benjamin brings even-keel judicial temperament to federal appellate court.

Law school alumnae paying it forward

Donors offer time and resources developing future lawyers.

HERstory: Celebrating women's contributions

Inaugural DEI event honors the law school's most influential and inspirational women.

March 2023: Faculty Scholarship & Impact

Faculty scholarship, news, and impact published in March 2023.

What does ‘moral hazard’ mean? A scholar of financial regulation explains why it’s risky for the government to rescue banks

In this article, Prof. Cassandra Jones Havard explains financial recklessness, the importance of "moral hazard," and what happens when a bank is "too big to fail."

Professor collaborates on university's first-ever Mellon Foundation grant

Starting fall 2023, the three-year project will work to increase civic engagement and scholarship.

In Memoriam: Duncan Alford

The School of Law community mourns the passing of an exceptional leader, mentor, and friend.

What are the limits of presidential power?

In this Q&A, Prof. Derek Black offers insight into executive power and its role in the legal battles over student debt forgiveness.

Madalyn Wasilczuk named 2023-2024 Bellow Scholar

Assistant professor and Juvenile Justice Clinic director named a 2023-2024 Bellow Scholar by the Association of American Law Schools for her report on prison deaths in South Carolina.

February 2023: Faculty Scholarship & Impact

Faculty scholarship, news, and impact published in February 2023.

Pro Bono program to offer tax assistance

For the 31st year, law students and legal professionals volunteer, providing free tax assistance to qualifying South Carolinians.

Professor unveils first-ever statewide access to justice report

Elizabeth Chambliss partnered with several state agencies to commission assessment, identifying unmet legal needs in the state.

USC alumna DeAndrea Benjamin confirmed to federal court

The U.S. Senate voted 53-44 to confirm DeAndrea G. Benjamin to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit. Benjamin is a 1997 alumna of USC’s School of Law.

Giving back to move forward

Emma Dean '06 prioritizes relationship-building and community in her new role as executive director of SC Bar.

January 2023: Faculty Scholarship & Impact

Faculty scholarship, news, and impact published in January 2023

What it means to welcome all

Faculty, staff, and students step up to prioritize diversity, equity, and inclusion.

School of Law welcomes ABA president and presents awards at inaugural MLK event

Deborah Enix-Ross highlights cornerstones of democracy; Robinson Gray and Center for Heirs' Property honored.

Derek Black recognized among the country's most influential educators

Education Week's annual list celebrates elite scholars impacting educational practice and policy.

Judge DeAndrea G. Benjamin gets closer to federal bench

U.S. Senate Judiciary advances nomination of law school alumna.

Retaining the State's Top Scholars

The Carolina Law Research Scholar program will be among the school's largest scholarship award packages.

Building the Next Generation of Rule of Law Leaders

Dean William Hubbard reports on the World Justice Project's 2022 Rule of Law Index, emphasizing the importance of a robust legal education.

More Than Womens' Issues

South Carolina Law faculty to facilitate series centering issues impacting women and gender non-conforming people.

Q & A with Abby DeBorde

Get to know the first full-time licensed professional counselor staff member, Abby DeBorde, in her own words.

Judge J. Michael Luttig on "American Democracy in Peril"

The former federal jurist implored citizens and lawyers alike to prioritize the Rule of Law over politics.

Mental Health, More Than Self-Care

South Carolina Law encourages students to take advantage of available resources and develop the necessary skills to ensure their well-being.

South Carolina Law Welcomes New Faculty

The University of South Carolina School of Law is proud to announce its newest faculty members for the 2022-23 academic year.

South Carolina Law welcomes Class of 2025

New students LSAT and GPA scores maintain trend of improving entering class' academic profile every year since 2016.

Judge DeAndrea Benjamin Nominated to Fourth Circuit

If confirmed, the Columbia native and 1997 South Carolina Law alumna will become the second woman of color appointed to the 4th Circuit.

Childs' lasting impact on the law school

D.C. Circuit Court Judge J. Michelle Childs '91 has a long history of mentoring at South Carolina Law. Her mentees share how her legacy stretches far beyond the law school.

Judge J. Michelle Childs confirmed to D.C. Circuit Court

The 1991 alumna of the University of South Carolina School of Law is the first graduate to serve on the D.C. Circuit Court, considered to be the second most powerful court in the country.

$1.2 million gift honors late professor

The legacy of the late professor Howard B. Stravitz will endure at South Carolina Law, thanks to the generosity of his brother, Ed.

UofSC Law dean addresses global audience at World Justice Forum

William Hubbard joined leaders from around the world to address the widening threats to the rule of law during the international conference held in The Hague, Netherlands, May 30-June 3.

Loan forgiveness fund applications accepted through June

South Carolina Law alumni who work in the public sector are encouraged to apply for public interest loan forgiveness funds through June 30.

The devastation of forced child transfers

Professor Marcia Zug writes for The Conversation about how Russia’s reported abduction of Ukrainian children echoes other genocidal policies, including US history of kidnapping Native American children.

Celebrating 2022 award winners

The School of Law recognizes students, faculty and staff who have made outstanding achievements in the 2021-2022 academic year.

Law alumnus honored for lifetime of achievements

A portrait of I.S. Leevy Johnson ’68 will be hung in the School of Law in recognition of his trailblazing accomplishments in law, business and politics.

Alumna becomes leading advocate for families affected by autism

Lorri Unumb ’93 is internationally known for her ground-breaking autism legislation and more than two decades of work to improve the lives of autistic children.

Legacy of Jim Crow still affects public schools

Prof. Derek Black and law fellow Axton Crolley write for The Conversation on the historical connection between segregation and states’ reliance on local school funding.

2022 Compleat Lawyer recipients named

The award, now in its 30th year, recognizes civic and professional leadership and is the highest honor given by South Carolina Law to its graduates.

UofSC Law jumps 12 spots in U.S. News

Ranked 84th overall in the just-released 2023 rankings, the law school remains in the top 25 among public law schools for third year in three specialty categories.

BLSA named Large Chapter of the Year

South Carolina Law’s Black Law Students Association was named 2021-2022 Large Chapter of the Year at the 54th National BLSA convention.

Professor leads campaign in support of Supreme Court nominee

Prof. Etienne Toussaint organizes more than 100 Black law deans and professors in show of support for Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson.

Mock Trial triumphs at TYLA

Both South Carolina Law teams won spots in the regional round of one of the premier mock trial competitions in the nation.

BLSA wins big at regional convention

South Carolina Law's Black Law Students Association was honored multiple times during the Southern Region's annual conference in February.

Celebrating Women's History Month

In honor of Women's History Month, South Carolina Law recognizes and celebrates the work and accomplishments of its female faculty members.

The enduring legacy of Edna Smith Primus

Family members of the first black woman to graduate from the School of Law have created a scholarship in her honor.

UofSC Law recognized for housing crisis efforts

South Carolina Law was one of 99 law schools recognized by the US Department of Justice for its efforts to address the housing and eviction crisis.

Alumna and professor tapped for federal positions

U.S. District Court Judge J. Michelle Childs '91 and professor Marie Boyd have both been chosen to serve in federal government positions by the White House.

Pro Bono Program to offer tax assistance

For the 29th year, volunteer law students will provide free tax assistance to low income and elderly South Carolinians from Feb. 12 - March 26.

Polavarapu receives social justice award

Assoc. Prof. Aparna Polavarapu received a UofSC Social Justice Award for her efforts to implement restorative justice practices in South Carolina.

Remembering Prof. Jim Underwood

James Lowell Underwood, a distinguished professor emeritus who taught at South Carolina Law from 1966 to 2003, died on Saturday, Jan. 8.

Law student receives Skadden Fellowship

Glynnis Hagins '22 will use the prestigious public-service fellowship to help South Carolina families find housing security and stability.

New Faculty Spotlight: Etienne Toussaint

Etienne Toussaint was working with Engineers Without Borders when he saw how a legal career would let him help lift those living in extreme poverty in the U.S. and around the world.

Veterans Legal Clinic receives boost from Boeing

On Veterans Day, Boeing announced a $225,000 grant to the Veterans Legal Clinic that will allow it to continue helping SC veterans like Brooks Herring (left).

Claire Griffiths juggles law school and soccer

As if the first year of law school isn't difficult enough, Claire Griffiths is also continuing a rigorous SEC schedule as a midfielder for South Carolina's women's soccer.

Remembering Prof. John Freeman

John P. Freeman, a distinguished professor emeritus who taught at South Carolina Law from 1973 to 2008, died on Thursday, Oct. 21.

In case of emergency

Professor Thomas Crocker's book, Overcoming Necessity, explores the limits of presidential powers during times of national crisis.

A call to action on rule of law in the U.S.

Dean William Hubbard shares the critical role law schools play in reversing the deterioration of the rule of law in the U.S., as reported in the World Justice Project's 2021 Rule of Law Index.

Mock Trial wins national championship

South Carolina Law students take top prize at the 2021 King of the Hill Mock Trial Competition in October. Molly Sue Harmon and Will Dubose (left) also earn individual awards.

Top scholar in energy law

Associate Professor Shelley Welton is taking the field of Energy Law by storm, publishing five articles in top 15 law reviews in the last five years.

Transforming how child welfare advocates are trained

New Children's Law Training Center offers immersive learning simulations that better prepare child protection professionals for real-life situations.

Top scholars in our clinics

Our clinics are directed by faculty, including Prof. Josh Gupta-Kagan (left), whose scholarship can be found in the country's best law reviews.

South Carolina Law welcomes new faculty

Assistant professors Etienne Toussaint and Madalyn Wasilczuk join South Carolina Law as its newest faculty members.

Sulaiman Ahmad discusses voting rights with Vice President Harris

The second-year student was one of three South Carolinians to meet with Vice President Kamala Harris to address hurdles to voter registration and ways to strengthen election integrity.

How bans on mask mandates affect students with disabilities

Claire Raj, a professor of special education law, answers four questions parents of children with disabilities might have about mask mandate bans.

Tommy Preston Jr. named VP of ethics for Boeing

Just 10 years out of law school, the 2011 law graduate's legal career continues to reach new heights.

Snow named associate dean for faculty development

Professor Ned Snow was recently named associate dean for faculty development at the University of South Carolina School of Law.

South Carolina Law welcomes Class of 2024

The incoming students are the most academically accomplished in school history, and have once again improved the school's profile for the fifth straight year.

Crocker receives Palmer Book Prize

Professor Thomas Crocker was awarded the 2020 Chicago-Kent College of Law/Roy C. Palmer Civil Liberties Prize for his book, "Overcoming Necessity."

Breakthrough Star: Joel Samuels

Law professor, and now interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Joel Samuels works to preserve the underlying principle that holds societies together: the rule of law.

Stoughton named member of ALI

Seth Stoughton joins growing list of South Carolina Law faculty members to be elected members of the American Law Institute.

A place to call home

The Children’s Law Center, led by Michelle Dhunjishah, has opened its new training center, complete with mock courtroom and crime-scene apartment.

SC Law ranked #45 by ATL

Above the Law's 2021 rankings highlight South Carolina Law and the Class of 2020's impressive employment results.

Loan forgiveness fund applications accepted through June

South Carolina Law alumni who work in the public sector are encouraged to apply for public interest loan forgiveness funds through June 30.

Class of 2021 celebrates commencement on the Horseshoe

On May 7, commencement exercises were held on the historic Horseshoe for the 196 members of the School of Law's Class of 2021. View highlights from the ceremony.

Celebrating 2021 award winners

The School of Law recognizes students, faculty and staff who have made outstanding achievements in the 2020-2021 academic year.

Breakthrough Star: Shelley Welton

Assoc. Prof. Shelley Welton has been recognized as 2021 Breakthrough Star for taking on the challenge of climate change from energy policy perspective.

Remembering Prof. Howard Stravitz

Howard B. Stravitz, an associate professor who began teaching at South Carolina Law in 1983, died on Friday, April 30. He was 73 years old.

Class of 2020 posts impressive employment outcomes

Despite obstacles, the Class of 2020 beat the odds--and national employment averages--with an overall employment rate of 92 percent.

Career & Professional Development staff to present at NALP conference

Elisabeth Beal (left) and Elizabeth Crane share employment and professional development strategies with national audience.

Million-dollar gift advances public justice

Alumnus Mitchell Willoughby's $1 million donation creates a distinguished professorship that will strengthen programmatic and scholarly activities at South Carolina Law.

MLB's decision to drop Atlanta highlights companies' economic power

Prof. Benjamin Means writes about how corporations like Major League Baseball can leverage their economic power to get what they want from lawmakers.

Stoughton testifies in Chauvin trial

Prof. Seth Stoughton recently testified as an expert on national police use-of-force standards in the trial of Derek Chauvin, accused of the murder of George Floyd.

Why sexual harassment claims rarely reach the courtroom

Prof. Joseph Seiner writes in The Conversation about the unfortunate reality that engaging in this conduct results in no real consequences.

Raj named co-chair of AALS clinical section

Associate Prof. Claire Raj has been named co-chair elect of the executive committee for the AALS Section on Clinical Legal Education.

Palmetto LEADER hits the road

On February 23, the Palmetto LEADER made its first trip into the community to fulfill its mission of helping South Carolinians get the legal services they desperately need.

UofSC Law welcomes visiting professors

South Carolina Law welcomes two visiting professors this semester, Milan Markovic from Texas A&M and Susan Provenzano of Northwestern.

Faculty-published book topics at the center of public debate

Long before 2020, four UofSC Law professors began writing books on topics that would come to dominate the year's national conversations.

Motivating Factors: David Beasley discusses hunger, the World Food Programme and the Nobel Prize

In an interview excerpt, Beasley '83 shares how growing up in South Carolina prepared him to tackle global issues.

Children's Law Center to open new training facility

The Children's Law Center will soon have a first-class teaching and training space that will improve its efforts to protect South Carolina's children.

Ready to roll

The Palmetto LEADER, the law school's new mobile law office, will soon be crisscrossing the state to help those in need.

Chambliss named member of ALI 

Elizabeth Chambliss becomes the latest South Carolina Law professor to be elected as a member of the American Law Institute.

Law professors receive Breakthrough awards

Professors Joel Samuels (left) and Shelley Welton recently received 2021 Breakthrough Faculty Awards in recognition of their outstanding research.

5 ways Biden can help rural America thrive

Prof. Ann Eisenberg co-authors an article in The Conversation outlining five federal initiatives that could bridge the urban/rural divide.

Pro Bono Program to offer tax assistance

For the 28th year volunteer law students will provide free tax assistance to low income and elderly residents from February 13 - March 27.

Jan Baker named associate dean

Jan Baker has been named the new Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at South Carolina Law.

Pam Robinson receives Drinan Award

Pamela D. Robinson, director of the Pro Bono Program, was awarded the 2021 Father Robert Drinan Award from the Association of American Law Schools.

Lisa Martin named 2021-22 Bellow Scholar

Professor Lisa Martin was named a 2021-22 Bellow Scholar by the Association of American Law Schools for her project that examines issues of access to justice and domestic violence in South Carolina.

Remembering Judge G. Ross Anderson Jr.

The Honorable G. Ross Anderson Jr., former United States District Judge for the District of South Carolina and 1954 South Carolina Law alumnus, died on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020.

Kuo named Assoc. Dean for Academic Affairs

Professor Susan Kuo, the Class of 1969 Chair for Teaching Excellence, has been named associate dean for academic affairs.

Prof. Black gets grant to explore origins of education funding gaps

Prof. Derek Black received a grant from the university's Racial Justice and Equity Research Fund to explore the racial heritage of current school funding practices.

World Food Program, led by David Beasley, wins Nobel Peace Prize

In October, the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to the World Food Program, whose executive director is 1983 alumnus David Beasley.

William Hubbard starts tenure as law school dean

Fifty years after arriving at UofSC as a student, the former Carolina Scholar leads the law profession into the future.

UofSC law students help Breonna Taylor's family secure $12 million settlement

Jasmine Caruthers (left) and A.C. Parham worked with Prof. Colin Miller to research no-knock warrants to assist the Taylor family's lawyer in the wrongful death civil suit.

Samuels named UofSC Interim Vice Provost for Interdisciplinary Studies

Joel H. Samuels, professor of law and director of the Rule of Law Collaborative, was appointed Interim Vice Provost for Interdisciplinary Studies on Sept. 1.

South Carolina Law welcomes Class of 2023

The School of Law welcomed 217 new first-year students on August 17. The class meets or exceeds all recent metrics, making it one of the most academically-talented in school history, despite a challenging environment.

Striving to make "back to school" easier

Second-year law student Brittany Roberts starts new initiative to help support local teachers and students through Adopt a Teacher program.

Celebrating 2020 award winners

The School of Law recognizes students, faculty and staff who have made outstanding achievements in the 2019-2020 academic year.

Shaping the future

After nine years, Rob Wilcox is stepping down as dean of South Carolina Law. But in that brief time, he has made an indelible impact on the school and its graduates that will be felt for decades to come.

The long march towards equality

This August, as our nation celebrates the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, giving women the right to vote, we celebrate five alumnae who have fought for equal right for all.

Staying prepared for success

Career Services and Pro Bono help students strengthen existing or gain new professional skills as summer opportunities dry up due to the pandemic.

Faculty respond to the crisis

As the world grapples with so many questions surrounding the coronavirus, South Carolina Law faculty members have put their expertise and knowledge to the test in order to help our nation navigate the new normal.

Hubbard chosen to lead UofSC School of Law

William Hubbard, a former president of the ABA, has been named the new dean of South Carolina Law. He will officially begin his duties on Aug. 1.

A call for change

The South Carolina Law community joins the chorus of voices speaking out against racial injustice after the recent and tragic deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor.

Carson Sadro '20 to compete in prestigious Top Gun National Mock Trial Competition

South Carolina Law alumna one of 16 trial advocates nationwide invited to compete at Baylor Law

Loan forgiveness fund applications accepted through June

South Carolina Law alumni who work in the public sector are encouraged to apply for public interest loan forgiveness funds through June 30.

Avoiding coronavirus cyber-scams

The Cybersecurity Legal Task Force has developed a list of the latest attacks and scams cyber criminals are using to get your data during the pandemic.

Improvising under pressure: the transition to online learning

When faced with the daunting task of moving the entire law school curriculum to an online delivery model in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, faculty, staff and students at South Carolina Law rose to the occasion and met the challenges head-on.

Protecting your data while working from home

During this unprecedented time, there are a record number of individuals working remotely. Learn how you can keep your files secure with these tips from the School of Law's Cybersecurity Legal Task Force.

Remembering Prof. Bob Felix

Robert L. Felix, who began teaching at South Carolina Law in 1967 and was one of the most senior active members of the faculty, died on Tuesday, March 24. He was 85 years old.

1954 Law alumnus Jim Konduros dies

1954 law alumnus and donor James Samuel "Jim" Konduros, 88, died on Friday, March 13. Konduros helped establish several leadership and public service programs at the School of Law.

UofSC Law Ranks in Top 50 for ABA ultimate bar passage rate

South Carolina Law students continue to succeed on bar exams

National Cybersecurity Legal Institute focuses on ransomware

Ransomware cost the U.S. healthcare, education and government sectors alone more than $7 billion in 2019. On March 5, the Institute provides training to avoid becoming a victim.

A nation of laws

In a groundbreaking class, South Carolina Law students are creating the first code of laws for the Catawba Indians.

Driven to serve

The Palmetto Leader, a new access-to-justice program, rolls into rural communities this fall.

Mock Trial team No. 4 in the country

In just 12 years, South Carolina Law's Mock Trial team has risen from nothing to be a perennial national contender, and is currently ranked No. 4 in the country.

11 Best Cybersecurity Practices

The School of Law's Cybersecurity Legal Task Force has identified this list of measures to to combat cyber threats and help protect your firm.

Students place in quarter finals of pro football negotiation competition

Three South Carolina Law students ranked in the top eight out of 48 teams in a simulated contract negotiation contest based on real-life NFL free agent scenarios.

South Carolina Law Review symposium to focus on human trafficking

The South Carolina Law Review's 2020 symposium will examine the effects of and legal avenues for combating human trafficking within the state of South Carolina as well as throughout the nation.

Cherry named director of Clinical Legal Education

Professor Jaclyn Cherry was named director of Clinical Legal Education as of July 1, 2019, overseeing the eight clinical and six externship opportunities at South Carolina Law.

Women in Law 5K raises $2K for STSM

During their 23rd annual 5K race in September, the Women in Law student organization raised more $2,000 for Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands.

Dean Wilcox announces return to full-time teaching

Dean Rob Wilcox recently announced he step down from his position at the end of the academic year. After a sabbatical, he will return to the classroom. Read his note to alumni.

Prolific professors, serious scholarship

Over the past few years, South Carolina Law faculty have placed 55 articles in top 50 law reviews between 2016 and 2019.

International Appeal

Meet three alumni who are turning their South Carolina Law degrees into their ticket abroad and finding success around the globe.


The School of Law's first Cybersecurity Legal Institute, held in April, revealed best practices to avoid becoming a victim.

And Justice for All

Social justice goes beyond the classroom and into the community as the School of Law hosts a series of thought-provoking programs.

A Surplus of Success

For the second year in a row, law students have won the university's "Proving Ground" competition.

South Carolina Law welcomes Class of 2022

The School of Law welcomed 213 new first-year students on August 14. Students were selected from 1,335 applicants and come from as far away as California and Rhode Island.

Shedding light on Native American domestic violence issues

The School of Law will co-host a free half-day conference, "Understanding and Combating Domestic Violence in Indian Country," on Friday, Aug. 16.

In-state tuition to drop more than $5,000 for 2019-2020

Thanks to the General Assembly's reinvestment in higher education, the University of South Carolina Board of Trustees was able to allocate resources in a way that reduces law school tuition for South Carolina residents by more than $5,000.

School of Law now accepting the GRE/GMAT

The School of Law has joined a growing list of schools that seek to make the admission process more accessible to highly qualified and motivated students of all backgrounds by accepting the GRE and GMAT in addition to the LSAT.

Bennett Gore to be honored for military service

The director of the School of Law's Veterans Legal Clinic will be one of the 30 veterans to be included in the Columbia Fireflies' 2019 Military Heroes Baseball Card set.

Media Law School coming in September

Applications are now being accepted for the fourth annual Media Law School, an intensive seminar that teaches journalists about the law, to be held Sept. 18-21.

Loan forgiveness fund applications accepted through June

South Carolina Law alumni who work in the public sector are encouraged to apply through June 30 for the 2019 distribution of public interest loan forgiveness funds.

Harry Lightsey III addresses Class of 2019 at commencement

On May 10, the School of Law held commencement exercises on the historic Horseshoe for the Class of 2019. Harry Lightsey III, a 1981 alumnus and son of former South Carolina Law Dean Harry Lightsey Jr. was the speaker.

Cybersecurity Legal Institute set for April 4

The 2019 Cybersecurity Legal Institute at the School of Law will help organizations learn how to manage cyber risk and be prepared to respond to a potentially devastating cyberattack.

From VITA volunteer to IRS tax attorney

2009 alumnus Adam B. Landy credits his experiences and professors at South Carolina Law for helping him get to where he is today: the Office of Chief Counsel for the Internal Revenue Service in Baltimore, Maryland.

School of Law announces 2019 Compleat Lawyer Award recipients

The recipients of the 2019 Compleat Lawyer Awards have been announced, and the winners will be honored at the awards ceremony on April 4.

Is better marketing the key to improving access to justice?

Prof. Elizabeth Chambliss flips the script on tackling barriers to access to justice, with a focus on "Marketing Legal Assistance." Her essay appears in a special volume on access to justice published by Daedalus, the academic journal of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Pro Bono Program to offer free tax assistance for low-income and elderly communities

For the 27th year, volunteer law students will provide free tax filing assistance to low-income and elderly South Carolinians. Assistance will be offered Wednesdays and Saturdays from Feb. 16 until March 30.

School of Law to examine modern policing issues

Prof. Seth Stoughton has organized a March 1 conference that will examine some of the most important issues in modern policing--including police use of force. The event features two community talks that are open to the public.

UofSC Law hosts a production of "A Passion for Justice: An Encounter with Clarence Darrow"

On February 11, the Judge Karen J. Williams Courtroom will transform into a theatre to tell the story of an iconic trial lawyer known for his courtroom theatrics--Clarence Darrow.

South Carolina Law Review symposium examines opioid crisis

The South Carolina Law Review's 2019 symposium will examine the implications of the opioid epidemic on the practice of healthcare and tort law, as well as legislative and law enforcement efforts to respond to the crisis.

Faculty appointed to endowed chairs or professorships

Professors Derek W. Black, Susan S. Kuo (pictured), Joseph A. Seiner and Ned Snow were recently appointed to endowed chairs or named professorships.

South Carolina Law celebrates its December graduates

On Saturday, Dec. 15, the University of South Carolina School of Law held a hooding ceremony for its 16 December 2018 graduates.

Sky's the Limit

Richie Gergel was one of the South Carolina Law students who recently worked with Uber and Virgin Hyperloop One to help shape the future of transportation.

Rethinking Justice

New scholarship by South Carolina law professors takes aim at the "status quo" to improve outcomes for domestic violence victims and juveniles facing potential incarceration.

Meet Cybersecurity Legal Task Force Director Karen Painter Randall

1984 alumna Karen Painter Randall, a nationally recognized authority in cybersecurity, will be heading up the new Cybersecurity Legal Task Force at South Carolina Law.

Pursuing a Passion

Aaron Greene '19 spent the summer in New York City as one of only 12 law students nationwide selected as an Ella Baker Intern at the Center for Constitutional Rights.

Mock Trial & Moot Court teams break records

Thanks to hard work and dedication, South Carolina Law's Mock Trial and Moot Court teams have broken school records for their accomplishments during the fall competition season.

WIL raises $3000+ during 22nd annual 5k race

Women in Law, a student organization of the School of Law, raised more than $3,000 to support Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands through its annual WIL to Run 5k in September.

First-year student AC Parham receives Fresh Voices in the Humanities Award

Anna Catherine "AC" Parham received one of the inaugural "Fresh Voices in the Humanities" awards from the South Carolina Humanities Council for her work in bringing humanities-based education opportunities to victims of violence.

Cybersecurity Legal Task Force formed at the University of South Carolina School of Law

A Cybersecurity Legal Task Force has been created at South Carolina Law to better inform the legal profession and the public on cyber threat information and strategies to minimize the risk of a cyberattack. The task force will be led by Karen Painter Randall (left).

South Carolina Law advances to semi-finals of Palmetto State Classic Mock Trial Competition

Two South Carolina Law mock trial teams made it to the semifinal round of the 2018 Palmetto State Classic Competition on October 19-21. The teams were ranked first and second overall after three preliminary rounds, and also received other team and individual honors.

Maya Grace Slaughter wins top honors in 2018 Kate Bockman Memorial Second-Year Competition

Second-year student Maya Grace Slaughter was named "Best Oralist" in the 2018 Kate Bockman Memorial Second-Year Moot Court Competition, which was held on October 8 at the South Carolina Court of Appeals. The other three finalists included Adam Crain, Micah Chetta, and Georgia Higgins.

Konduros Public Service Fellows complete summer work for fourth year

For the fourth year in a row, students selected to be Konduros Public Service Fellows were placed with public interest organizations, government entities, or non-profits during the summer to pursue creative solutions to some of South Carolina's most challenging legal issues.

Mock Trial wins 2018 Mockingbird Challenge

The Mockingbird Challenge, considered one of the toughest fall law school mock trial competitions in the nation, culminated on Saturday, Sept. 30 with a victory for the University of South Carolina School of Law Mock Trial team.

Alumna creates a resource guide for domestic violence victims

As a student in the Domestic Violence Clinic, 2018 alumna Elle Klein not only helped her clients find relief from their abusers, she also wrote and published a guide that will help many more do the same.

South Carolina Law welcomes the Class of 2021

The School of Law welcomed 215 first-year students into its new home to be members of the Class of 2021. They were chosen from a pool of 1,452 applicants--an increase of 9.5 percent over 2017 figures.

Rule of Law Collaborative receives two grants to support initiatives at home and abroad

Under the direction of law professor Joel Samuels, the Rule of Law Collaborative was recently awarded two gifts that will support research on the role of sheriffs across the U.S., and also help developing, fragile and post-conflict countries in building the rule of law.

Incoming law students give back through community service project

For the 10th year in a row, incoming law students will be joined by faculty, staff, and their peer mentors to make a difference in 14 locations across the Midlands.

Veterans Legal Clinic to open July 2

Indigent and low-income veterans living in South Carolina will soon have access to free legal services thanks to a new Veterans Legal Clinic that will open Monday, July 2 at the University of South Carolina School of Law.

Matchmaker, Matchmaker

South Carolina Supreme Court Justice and 1988 alumnus John C. Few launches a new website to match attorneys with South Carolinians seeking pro bono services.

Paying It Forward

2015 alumna Alysja Carlisle says the scholarship she received enabled her to attend South Carolina Law. She and her husband recently decided to pay it forward by establishing a scholarship to help future law students.


Separated by 50 years, two history-making alumni, I.S. Leevy Johnson '68 (pictured) and Chelsea Evans '18, sat down for a conversation about race relations at the law school and the transcendence of success.

Q & A with Bennett Gore

Meet Clyde "Bennett" Gore Jr., a clinical instructor and the director of the law school's new Veteran's Legal Clinic which opens this July. Learn more about Bennett's own military service and why this new initiative is so crucial.

Eboni Nelson named associate dean for academic affairs

A law professor at the School of Law since 2007, Nelson assumes her new responsibilities on June 18. She replaces Professor Jaclyn Cherry, who had served in the position since 2014 and will return to teaching.

UofSC School of Law receives second $1 million gift from Konduros Fisherman Fund

The University of South Carolina School of Law will enrich how it cultivates future leaders thanks to a $1.035 million gift from the Konduros Fisherman Fund. It is the second gift of more than $1 million to the School of Law by the fund.

Public interest law loan forgiveness fund applications accepted through June 30

School of Law alumni who work in the public sector are encouraged to apply for the 2018 distribution of funds by the end of the month.

Class of 2018 celebrates commencement on the Horseshoe

On Friday, May 11, commencement exercises were held for the School of Law's Class of 2018 on the University of South Carolina's historic Horseshoe. Read about the final lesson students received and access photos from the ceremony.

Law professor examines FDA regulations and insect-based food

Insects are regularly consumed by an estimated two billion people around the world, as a way to address food insecurity. Prof. Marie Boyd's research shows how a lack of regulation by the Food and Drug Administration is impacting the growing insect food industry in the U.S.

Building Bridges

Hazel A. Bridges '19 received a prestigious Dwight D. Eisenhower Graduate Fellowship in February. She says the fellowship will help her carry on a family legacy of public service.

Mock trial team named one of nation's best

The University of South Carolina School of Law's Mock Trial team was ranked #13 in the country for its performance in the 2016-2017 season. As the current competition season wrapped-up in March 2018, the team proved that these accolades are well-deserved.

2018 Critical Tax Theory Conference Hosted by South Carolina Law

The 21st Critical Tax Theory Conference will be hosted by the University of South Carolina School of Law on April 14-15. Critical tax scholars from around the nation will present their current research to an expert audience.

School of Law announces 2018 Compleat Lawyer Award recipients

The recipients of the 2018 Compleat Lawyer Awards have been announced, and the winners will be honored at the awards ceremony on April 19.

Women in Law collect record number of dresses for Cinderella Project

For the past 17 years, the Young Lawyer's Division of the South Carolina Bar has collected dresses, accessories and monetary donations for the Cinderella Project, which helps South Carolina high school girls be able to attend their prom.

Moot Court Bar competition best oralist receives Mark Blickle Scholarship

David Leggett was named "Best Oralist" during the annual J. Woodrow Lewis Moot Court Competition, held at the Supreme Court of South Carolina.

Remembering Professor Emeritus Bill McAninch, 1940-2018

We are sad to announce the passing of distinguished professor emeritus William "Bill" McAninch on February 23. Retiring in 2002, his impact is still felt at the law school through the Public Interest Law Loan Forgiveness Fund.

2018 Knowlton Lecture Canceled

The 2018 Knowlton Lecture has been CANCELED due to the winter storm that has hit the Northeast and grounded Dean Gerken's flight to Columbia. The lecture will be rescheduled for a later date.

Prof. Burke to present talk and book signing for his new book

Professor W. Lewis Burke will draw from his new book, "All for Civil Rights," to deliver a talk on the history of South Carolina's African-American lawyers and their legal education. The lecture will be held on March 28 at 5 p.m. and will be followed by a reception and book signing.

Fourth Circuit holds hearing in Judge Williams Courtroom

On January 30, Judge Dennis W. Shedd joined Judge Paul V. Niemeyer and Judge William B. Traxler, Jr., on a Fourth Circuit panel to hear oral arguments at the University of South Carolina School of Law.

Pro Bono Program offers free tax assistance for low-income and elderly South Carolinians

For the 26th year, volunteer law students will provide free tax filing assistance to low-income and elderly South Carolinians. Assistance will be offered Wednesdays and Saturdays from February 17 until March 31.

Rule of Law Collaborative hosts symposium to empower women

As women around the world rise up and make their voices heard, the Rule of Law Collaborative at the University of South Carolina Office of the Provost looks to amplify the discussion with a timely symposium, “Women as Agents of Change in Rule of Law.”

Law graduate spends summer in Cambodia before beginning career

For 2017 law graduate Whitney Kamerzel, the school's global reach is the reason she chose to attend the School of Law in the first place. The Florida Keys native knew she wanted to practice law in the South, but also wanted to be a part of an international legal practice.

BLSA hosts film screening, discussion panel for MLK week

The Black Law Student Association hosted a screening of "Rikers: An American Prison," followed by a discussion panel on prison reform. The event was a part of the university's larger MLK week lineup.

A family (legal) affair

It's a family affair that started more than 100 years ago, when Clint Graydon graduated from the University of South Carolina law program in 1913.

Assistant Professor elected to Clinical Legal Education Association

Assistant Professor Lisa Martin says being elected co-vice president of the Clinical Legal Education Association is her chance to give back to an organization that has enhanced her legal teaching experience.

Faculty Auction raises money for Public Interest Law Society Summer Fellowship Program

This program places law students in volunteer positions during the summer. The program gives students an invaluable experience, while also enriching the community through charitable work.

South Carolina Law Review to host artificial intelligence symposium

The South Carolina Law Review will host a symposium on February 9, 2018. It will explore the legal, ethical, and practical implications of the increasing use of artificial intelligence on the practice of law.

Law librarians successfully petition legal citation rule

Seven law librarians at the University of South Carolina School of Law, who teach legal research to law students, successfully petitioned the South Carolina Supreme Court to streamline a legal citation requirement.

Takings symposium gathers experts on coastal, land issues

On November 2-4, the ABA Real Property, Trust, and Estate Law Journal welcomed more than 100 attendees to a symposium that commemorated the 25th anniversary of one of the state's landmark cases, Lucas v. South Carolina Coastal Council.

Dean Miller's podcast, blog recognized by ABA Journal

Editors of the ABA Journal have selected Associate Dean for Faculty Development Colin Miller to the 2017 ABA Journal Web 100, in two categories, as a part of the 100 best digital media for a legal audience.

Second-year law student says nontraditional path proved invaluable in law school

He grew up just a few blocks from the School of Law's new building, but he never imagined law school would be the reason he returned. Now Richie Gergel says he may have taken the nontraditional route, but his passion for justice has always been evident.

Pro Bono Program's "Hope-oween" donation drive benefits Harvest Hope

The Pro Bono Board has wrapped up another successful food drive benefitting Harvest Hope Food Bank. The board's "Harvest Hope-oween" is one of two annual food drives that give law students, faculty and staff an opportunity to give back locally.

Third-year law student spends summer in Australia working with refugees

A world-wide problem led to a unique real-world experience for Carmen Jackson: The third-year student at the University of South Carolina School of Law discovered her passion this summer on the other side of the globe, helping refugees in Australia.

Women in Law raises $2k for Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands

For more than two decades, Women in Law has worked to bring awareness to issues involving women, by encouraging law students, faculty and staff, as well as the Columbia community to participate in a 5k run.

Moot Court Bar hosts annual memorial competition in new building

This annual competition gives second-year law students the opportunity to enhance their legal writing and oral arguments skills in an appellate advocacy framework. Students presented oral arguments to South Carolina Court of Appeals judges.

Ninth Annual Mock Trial Competition hosted in Judge Williams Courtroom

The University of South Carolina School of Law congratulates third-year law students Creasie Parrott and Kyle Watson for winning the ninth annual Judge J. Lyles Glenn Jr. and Terrell L. Glenn Sr. Mock Trial Competition on Sept. 22.

Pro Bono Program's new campaign to benefit Allendale Co. schools

The Allendale Fairfax Education Foundation operates like a "booster club for academics." The foundation turned to Pro Bono Program director Pam Robinson for help on their latest project: Change for Change.

Future President of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom visits the School of Law

The Right Honourable Baroness Brenda Hale of Richmond DBE, the current deputy president of that court, was appointed in July 2017 as its first female president, a position she will assume in October. The position is the equivalent to Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court.

Unique 1870's bench finds home in new law school building

Throughout the 187,500 square feet of the new home of the University of South Carolina School of Law, there are brand-new classrooms, state-of-the-art technology, and grand architecture. But as the school forges the next phase of legal education and celebrates its 150th anniversary, it looks to its roots for grounding.

Symposium commemorates 25th anniversary of landmark case

The ABA Real Property, Trust & Estates Law Journal will commemorate this anniversary with a symposium, "Takings and Coastal Management a Quater-Century After 'Lucas v. South Carolina Coastal Council.' The symposium will be held November 2-4, and includes a trip to the site at issue in the case.

Above and 'beyond': Third-year student participates in German autonomous vehicle conference

Thanks to Professor Bryant Walker-Smith, 3L Anthony D'Elia had the opportunity to travel to Germany as the only student to participate in Audi's "beyond initiative," discussing the ethical and legal framework surrounding autonomous vehicles.

Supreme Court Justice Alito headlines dedication ceremony

U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Samuel A. Alito delivered the keynote address at the dedication ceremony for the new law school building. The ceremony also included some of the state's top legal and political officials.

Summer job helps 3L follow immigration law path

Third-year student Kevin Raus' summer experiences at Gardner Law, a Raleigh-based firm that specializes in immigration issues, helped him realize his future career path.

Orientation for the Class of 2020 begins Thursday, Aug. 17

The School of Law's New Student Orientation program is designed to introduce students to the legal profession, familiarize them with the expectations of the academic and professional community, and equip them with the study skills to "hit the ground running" as classes begin. This year, orientation is from Thursday, Aug.17 to Tuesday, Aug. 22.

Prof. Marcia Zug receives Fulbright Scholarship

Zug will travel to Australia to study the differences between America's Indian Child Welfare Act and Australia's Aboriginal Child Placement Principle.

Alumnus Ben Hepner credits Career Services for helping land dream job

The 2016 graduate joins the Greenville Health System's in-house counsel team, and says his experiences at the School of Law helped prepare him for a career that puts his passion into practice.

Balancing law school, marriage and a baby

Demetrius Pyburn and his wife welcomed a baby boy last fall, just as Pyburn was entering his third year of law school. They say the School of Law was instrumental in helping them continue their education and achieve their goals.

Supreme Court Justice Samuel A. Alito to speak at Dedication Ceremony

The associate justice for the Supreme Court of the United States will be the featured speaker at the university event, which will recognize the opening of School of Law's new home.

Supreme Court's immigration ruling reflects influence of Judge Shedd's Fourth Circuit dissent

Both the Supreme Court and Judge Shedd, who teaches a course in Fourth Circuit Practice at the School of Law, cited Winter v. Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc. as precedent establishing the need for courts to balance equities when considering the imposition of a preliminary injunction.

Konduros Public Service Fellows begin summer work for third year

The 2017 Fellows have been selected and are already engaged in pursuing creative solutions to some of South Carolina's most challenging legal issues.

Public interest law loan forgiveness fund applications accepted through June 30

School of Law alumni who work in the public sector are encouraged to apply for the 2017 distribution of funds by the end of the month.

Elliot Condon receives prestigious scholarship

Condon is the 2017 recipient of the Benjamin M. Mabry Scholarship.

2017 commencement address by J. Michael Luttig receives national attention

Speech featured on the legal news site "Above the Law" and also quoted by another law school commencement speaker.

Marlene Johnson-Moore serves her country through Presidential Management Fellows Program

The 2015 alumna, who works with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, says she was prepared for the opportunity, thanks to the University of South Carolina School of Law.

Law library begins move to new building

The law library will be closed from May 8-29 as the School of Law relocates to its new home at 1525 Senate Street. The library anticipates reopening by Tuesday, May 30.

Andrew Rawl connects with his community

Third year student Andrew Rawl has a passion for law and plans to use his degree to help others.

Detective Jonathan LeCompte pursues a second career in law school

Third-year student Jonathan LeCompte is pursuing his second career at the University of South Carolina School of Law after serving as a detective for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Osbelkis Perez finds her passion in Children's Law

Osbelkis Perez was drawn to the Children's Law program at USC Law, particularly the opportunity to advocate for children through the juvenile arbitration program.

SC native Rosanne Sullivan pursues food and drug law

Rosanne's passion for fitness and health paved the way for her to find her niche as a lawyer: food and drug law.

Chris Campbell finds success in Beijing

Chris has followed his passion for the law from Columbia to London, Beijing and Vienna.

Betsy Bull explores the wilds of Alaska

Betsy Bull applied to clerk in Alaska on a whim. What she found was a small, unique community and a lifestyle that fits her perfectly.

96-year-old alumna recalls being "one of first women graduates"

Just four years short of 100-years old, Sarah Leverette sat down with Lisa Wilcox, wife of South Carolina Law Dean Rob Wilcox, to share her experiences as a woman trying to start her legal career in the 1940s.

Mentors help law students succeed

Mentoring program helps students navigate the shoals of law school and beyond.


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