Earlier this month, South Carolina Law celebrated the opening of its new home and the arrival of more than 200 incoming students. The school also announced the next round of faculty additions for the 2022-23 academic year. These include several new professors and clinical instructors.
Incoming students were among the most academically accomplished in the history of the school. They came from as far away as Rhode Island and California. In addition to their achievements, these students made the University of South Carolina School of Law their home. Located in Columbia, the school has state-of-the-art classrooms, grand architecture, and state-of-the-art technology.
The school’s Children’s Law Center will soon have a first-class training space and will work to protect the rights of children in South Carolina. Its director is Prof. Josh Gupta-Kagan, who has a background in law review scholarship. The new space is expected to improve the way the law works to help protect the lives of children.
The new space will also serve as a home for the Rule of Law Collaborative, which is directed by Joel Samuels. Its mission is to support developing countries and post-conflict regions. In partnership with more than 100 law schools and universities in the U.S. and internationally, the Collaborative will provide research and training to sheriffs in the U.S. and support developing countries by focusing on the rule of law.
The law library will be closed for a short time in preparation for the move. In the meantime, the school is hosting a series of thought-provoking events to celebrate its new location and the law’s 150th anniversary. The event will feature a trip to the site of the Lucas v. South Carolina Coastal Council case. This case established the need to balance equities when considering a preliminary injunction.
Lexis+ has expanded high level content types and added more premium content. It has also added nine labor and employment related answer books. Its Fact & Issue Finder was named Legal Search Solution of the Year. The new tool also includes a publication status filter. Its Knowledge and Research Consultant Tip will locate pending amendments to regulations. It has also been updated with a Brief Analysis of the 2022 Insurance Litigation Report.
The school’s LawX project will develop products to address legal access issues. This is especially important given the increasing number of self-represented defendants answering lawsuits. A major goal of the project is to help everyday people understand the process of lawsuits.
The school will also host a symposium on November 2-4 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the ABA Real Property, Trust & Estates Law Journal. This special edition will feature a keynote address from Associate Justice Samuel A. Alito of the U.S. Supreme Court.
The School of Law will hold its first Cybersecurity Legal Institute in April. It will also host its second Legal Research Center Forum and its annual Sports Law Fall Forum. It has established a new Cybersecurity Legal Task Force led by 1984 alumna Karen Painter Randall, a nationally recognized leader in cybersecurity.