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Ann M. Eisenberg

Title: Assistant Professor of Law
Department: Clinical Legal Education
School of Law
Phone: 803-777-8805

1525 Senate Street
Room 356
Columbia, SC 29208


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Ann M. Eisenberg


Professor Eisenberg’s research examines how social forces shape and are shaped by law in theory and practice.  Her work combines traditional legal inquiry in land use law, environmental decisionmaking, criminal procedure, and civil and human rights with social science approaches, including empirical studies, rural sociology, and social movements theory.  Her most recent projects explore the potential for environmental decisionmaking processes to mitigate societal rifts in order to better address climate change.

Prior to joining the University of South Carolina School of Law, Professor Eisenberg was the 2014–2016 Land Use and Sustainable Development Law Fellow at West Virginia University College of Law, where she worked in the Land Use and Sustainable Development Law Clinic and received her LL.M. in Energy and Sustainable Development Law.  She earned her B.A. in French Cultural Studies and Linguistics from Cornell University, after which she served in the Peace Corps in Morocco.  She then returned to Cornell Law School, where she received her J.D., cum laude.  As an Articles Editor on the Cornell International Law Journal, her Note including original qualitative field research on women's rights in Morocco received the Washington Foreign Law Society Ibrahim Shihata Prize for Outstanding Student Scholarship in Islamic Law.  After receiving her J.D., Professor Eisenberg worked as a Staff Attorney for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, where she primarily reviewed and analyzed civil rights appeals.  She is licensed to practice law in New York, the District of Columbia (inactive), and South Carolina (limited certificate of clinical practice).


  • Sustainable Development Clinic (LAWS 742)
  • Water Law (LAWS 747)
  • Interviewing, Counseling & Negotiation (LAWS 771)


  • Rural Blight, __ Harv. Law & Pol’y Rev. __ (forthcoming 2018) (invited contribution).
  • Do Sagebrush Rebels Have a Colorable Claim? The Space between Parochialism and Exclusion in Federal Lands Management, 38 Pub. Land & Resources L. Rev. 55 (2017).
  • Alienation and Reconciliation in Social-Ecological Systems, 47 Envtl. Law 127 (2017).
  • If It Walks Like Systematic Exclusion and Quacks Like Systematic Exclusion: Follow-Up on Removal of Women and African-Americans in Jury Selection in South Carolina Capital Cases, 1997–2014, 68 S. C. L. Rev. 373 (2017) (with Hritz, Royer, & Blume).
  • Removal of Women and African-Americans in Jury Selection in South Carolina Capital Cases, 1997-2012, 9 NE. U. L. Rev. 299 (2017).