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Joseph F. Rice School of Law


Robert T. Bockman

Title: Senior Legal Writing Instructor
Joseph F. Rice School of Law
Phone: 803-777-3613
Fax: 803-777-8613

1525 Senate Street
Columbia, SC 29208

Resources: CV (pdf)
Robert T. Bockman


Bob Bockman became a full-time member of the USC law faculty in August 2011 after 35 years in the practice of law and 18 years as an adjunct professor. Prior to joining the faculty, he practiced with the McNair Law Firm, P.A., in Columbia, SC, for 30 years, specializing in appellate advocacy, administrative law and litigation, local governmental and municipal law, representation of regulated industries, and energy law. Bob served as General Counsel to the South Carolina Public Service Commission and as Associate General Counsel in the Legal Department of Carolina Power & Light Company (now Duke Energy) in Raleigh, North Carolina, prior to becoming a member of the McNair Law Firm. From November 2017 through June 2018, upon an interim gubernatorial appointment by the Honorable Henry D. McMaster, Bob served as Commissioner for the 6th District on the Public Service Commission of South Carolina.

Bob is admitted to practice law in the courts of Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina, and before numerous Federal Courts, including the United States Supreme Court.

Since 1993, Bob has taught Appellate Advocacy at the Law School. In addition to that course, he now teaches a section of Advanced Legal Writing. He serves as the Faculty Advisor to the Law School’s Moot Court Bar and he coaches the Bar’s competition teams. He also serves as the faculty advisor to the Student Division of the Federal Bar Association.

Since 2004, Bob has taught a seminar in “Legal Persuasion” during the fall semesters to students in the South Carolina Honors College. He has also served in numerous volunteer capacities for Richland One School District.


  • B.A. (1968) Vanderbilt University
  • M.A. (1972) University of Georgia
  • J.D. (1975) University of Georgia

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