|Title:||Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Professor of Law
|School of Law|
1525 Senate Street
Dean Nelson joined the faculty of the University of South Carolina School of Law in 2007. Her courses consist of Contracts, Commercial Law (Sales and Negotiable Instruments), Consumer Law, and Race, Class and Education. Prior to joining the faculty, she taught Commercial Law (Sales, Negotiable Instruments, and Secured Transactions) and Texas Consumer Law at Thurgood Marshall School of Law in Houston, TX.
Dean Nelson graduated summa cum laude from Wake Forest University where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She received her J.D. from Harvard Law School where she served as a Contracts teaching assistant for Professor Elizabeth Warren. After graduating from Harvard, she practiced employee benefits in the Houston office of Bracewell LLP. During her time at the firm, Dean Nelson was an adjunct professor at the University of Houston Law Center where she taught Taxation of Compensation. During the Fall 2004 semester, she was a visiting assistant professor at the Law Center where she taught Contracts and Texas Consumer Law.
Dean Nelson’s scholarly interests include various issues related to education law and policy. She is particularly interested in the provision of educational opportunities for disadvantaged students as well as the intersection of consumer law and education issues.
Her articles concerning affirmative action in higher education and the constitutionality of race-conscious student assignment plans have appeared or are forthcoming in the Journal of College and University Law, the Denver Law Review, the University of Miami Law Review, the University of Richmond Law Review, and the Iowa Law Review. Her articles examining issues related to young consumer credit card indebtedness have appeared in the Utah Law Review, the Villanova Law Review, and the Banking & Financial Services Policy Report.
From 2014 to 2018, Dean Nelson served as the vice-chairperson of the South Carolina Commission on Consumer Affairs. She has also served as the vice-chairperson of the South Carolina State Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and as a member of the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) Diversity Initiatives Committee. She is currently a member of the LSAC Finance and Legal Affairs Committee and the American Bar Association (ABA) Sabbatical Review Site Team. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of Sistercare, Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting survivors of domestic violence and their children. In 2015, Dean Nelson received the Outstanding Faculty Service Award from the School of Law, for giving unselfishly of her time to serve on university and law school committees, as well as service to the community.
- Contract Law (LAWS 504)
- Commercial Law (LAWS 654)
- Race, Class and Education (LAWS 845)
- “Assessing the Viability of Race-Neutral Alternatives in Law School Admissions”, Iowa Law Review (forthcoming 2017) (with Ronald Pitner & Carla D. Pratt).
- “In Defense of Deference: The Case for Respecting Educational Autonomy and Expert Judgments in Fisher v. University of Texas”, 47 University of Richmond Law Review 1133 (2013).
- “Young Consumer Protection in the ‘Millennial’ Age”, 2011 Utah Law Review 369 (2011).
- “From the Schoolhouse to the Poorhouse: The Credit CARD Act’s Failure to Adequately Protect Young Consumers”, 56 Villanova Law Review 1 (2011).
- “Examining the Costs of Diversity”, 63 University of Miami Law Review 577 (2009) (invited).
- Recipient: The John Templeton Foundation Academic Scholarship Award, Pacific Legal Foundation.