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Joseph F. Rice School of Law


F. Patrick Hubbard

Title: Ronald L. Motley Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Tort Litigation
Joseph F. Rice School of Law
Phone: 803-777-6712
Fax: 803-777-8613

1525 Senate Street
Columbia, SC 29208


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F. Patrick Hubbard


Professor Hubbard has been a member of the law faculty since 1973. He currently teaches Land Use Planning and Legal Theory. He has also taught Torts, Products Liability, Evidence, and Criminal Law. Before joining the faculty, Professor Hubbard was an associate at Mudge, Rose, Guthrie and Alexander (New York City) and was a staff attorney with Community Legal Services Program (Austin, Texas). He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Davidson College. He received a JD from New York University School of Law and a LLM from Yale Law School.

Professor Hubbard has written books on tort law and criminal law and has published dozens of articles and book chapters on criminal law, jurisprudence, torts, and land use planning. As a legal realist, he actively relates his scholarship to the world outside the law school. For example, his interest in land use planning includes working on a drafting committee for recent amendments to the South Carolina zoning enabling act, serving as chair of the Columbia Planning Commission in the 1990s and as vice-chair of the Board of Zoning Appeals and working with neighborhood organizations in zoning matters.

Professor Hubbard has been a visiting professor of law at University of Southampton U.K., at University of Birmingham, U.K., and at Florida Coastal School of Law.

Professor Hubbard and his wife have been happily married since 1968. They have two sons, both of whom are married, and have five grandchildren.


  • Land Use Planning (LAWS 651)
  • Law, Society & Justice (LAWS 768B)


  • Allocating the Risk of Physical Injury from ‘Sophisticated Robots’: Efficiency, Fairness, and Innovation, in Robot Law (Edward Elgar ed., 2015).
  • “‘Sophisticated Robots’: Balancing Liability, Regulation, and Innovation”, 66 Miami L. Rev. 1803 (2014).
  • Mass Democracy in a Postfactual Market Society: Citizens United and the Role of Corporate Political Speech, in Democracy in the Twenty-First Century (Ann E. Cudd & Sally J. Scholz eds., Springer 2014)
  • The Value of Life: Constitutional Limits on Citizens’ Use of Deadly Force, 21 George Mason L. Rev. 623 (2014)
  • The South Carolina Law of Torts (4th ed. 2011) (with R. Felix).


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