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Lewis W. Burke

Title: Distinguished Professor Emeritus
School of Law
Email: wlburkej@law.sc.edu
Phone: 803-777-2278
Fax: 803-777-3401
Office:

1525 Senate Street
Room 319
Columbia, SC 29208

Resources:

CV (pdf)

profile

Background

Before joining the law school faculty, Lewis Burke was a VISTA Volunteer and a legal services attorney. As a clinician, Professor Burke continued to represent low income clients. In 2003 he was awarded the “Outstanding Faculty Service Award” for his years of community service including Habitat for Humanity, Appleseed, and his pro bono representation of a death row client.

Burke also received the law school’s “Outstanding Faculty Scholarship Award” in 2002 and 2007. He has authored or edited six books. These are: Truth in Lending and Credit Disclosures (1986), At Freedom’s Door: African American Founding Fathers and Lawyers in Reconstruction South Carolina (2000), Matthew J. Perry: The Man, His Times and His Legacy (2004), The Dawn of Religious Freedom in South Carolina (2007), Madam Chief Justice: South Carolina’s Jean Hoefer Toal, and All for Civil Rights: African American Lawyers in South Carolina 1868–1968. His articles, essays, and chapters have been in books published by such university presses as Oxford, Vanderbilt, Georgia, Mississippi, and South Carolina and in journals such as American Journal of Legal HistoryThe Nineteenth Century American History JournalJournal of African American HistoryJournal of Contemporary LawSouth Carolina Law ReviewJournal of Southern History, the Alabama Review, and the Journal of Mississippi History. He was commissioned by the Institute for Public Service and Policy Research’s 50th Anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education Project. His study “He’s in the Jailhouse Now: Justice in South Carolina,” was published in the institute’s “…and Miles to go Before I Sleep” in 2004. His most recent publications have included “United States v. Amistad (1841)” and “Richard Harvey Cain’s, All That We Ask Is Equal Laws, Equal Legislation and Equal Rights” in Milestone Documents in African American History (2010), “IT’S A GIRL: Jean Hoefer Toal and the Rise of Women in the Legal Profession,” in South Carolina Women: Their Lives and Times (2012), a review of Volney Riser’s Defying Disenfranchisement in the Alabama Review (2012) and “Pink Franklin versus South Carolina: The NAACP’s First Case,” in the American Journal of Legal History (2014). In retirement, he is farming, birding and lecturing on Reconstruction and civil rights in South Carolina.

Visit the companion website for All for Civil Rights.

Teaching

  • From Slavery to Civil Rights:  S.C.’s Long Struggle for Racial Equality (Shepherd’s Center) 

Scholarship

  • W. Lewis Burke, All for Civil Rights: African American Lawyers in South Carolina 1868–1968 (U.Ga. Press 2017).
  • W. Lewis Burke and Joan Assey, eds. Madam Chief Justice: South Carolina’s Jean Hoefer Toal, (U.S.C. Press, Dec. 2015).
  • “Pink Franklin v. South Carolina: The NAACP’s First Case,” 54 Am. J. of Legal History 265 (July 2014).
  • James Lowell Underwood and W.Lewis Burke, Eds., At Freedom’s Door: African American Founding Fathers and Lawyers in Reconstruction South Carolina (2000).
  • W. Lewis Burke and Belinda Gergel, Eds., Matthew J. Perry: The Man, His Times and His Legacy (2004),
  • “United States v. Amistad (1841)” in Milestone Documents in African American History, vol. 1 at 270 (Schlager Group, Inc. 2010).
  • “Richard Harvey Cain’s, All That We Ask Is Equal Laws, Equal Legislation and Equal Rights” in Milestone Documents in African American History. Vol. 2 at 715 (Schlager Group, Inc. 2010).

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