During its 150th anniversary, the University of South Carolina School of Law is celebrating a variety of achievements. Among the numerous accomplishments are the arrival of 217 new students to the law school, a historic Horseshoe ceremony, and the first Cybersecurity Legal Institute. In addition, the law school has received more than $1 million from the Konduros Fisherman Fund. This money will be used to build a state-of-the-art Children’s Law Center, providing a training facility that will serve as a resource for South Carolina children.
The law school also welcomed Professors Jaclyn Cherry, Bennett Nelson, and Elizabeth Chambliss, who will be joined by Assistant Professors Etienne Toussaint and Madalyn Wasilczuk for the 2022-23 academic year. The faculty has also produced 55 articles in the top 50 law reviews. This is a record for the University of South Carolina School of Law.
Additionally, the law school is proud to host a series of thought-provoking programs. This includes an inaugural Fresh Voices in the Humanities award, held by the South Carolina Humanities Council. The event will feature Associate Justice Samuel A. Alito, a member of the Supreme Court of the United States, who will deliver the keynote address. In addition, the ABA Real Property, Trust & Estates Law Journal will celebrate its 150th anniversary with a symposium, as well as a trip to the site of the Lucas v. South Carolina Coastal Council case.
During the fall competition season, the Mock Trial and Moot Court teams broke school records. The students also earned a victory in the 2021 King of the Hill Mock Trial Competition. Incoming students are some of the most academically accomplished in the school’s history. Several alumni have gone on to successful careers outside of the law school. Some of these include John C. Few ’88, I.S. Leevy Johnson ’68, and Chelsea Evans ’18.
The law school is also committed to providing free tax assistance to low-income residents of the state. Third-year student Andrew Rawl plans to use his degree to help others.
The school is working to improve outcomes for juveniles facing potential incarceration. Professors are working to increase their knowledge about the juvenile justice system to ensure that the rights of children are protected. A new mobile law office called Palmetto LEADER will soon be crisscrossing the state, helping those in need. The law school is also working to improve the outcomes of domestic violence victims.
The Law School is also encouraging students to take advantage of the many resources that they have access to. Some of the most popular resources are the LexisNexis(r) and Lexis+(r) databases, which offer 30+ law reviews and 430+ publications. These resources have expanded in several areas, such as high-level content types and a new complaint search tool.
The law school is also proud to announce that its most recent class is one of the most academically talented in school history. This year’s incoming class has met or exceeded all recent metrics, and the class is also one of the most diverse in the school’s history.