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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.

Cyber(in)security

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.

Trailblazers

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.

Mentors help law students succeed

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

 

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