Elizabeth Herlong Brogdon, Esq. (1994) has been named Executive Director of the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers Association of SC (WSWA-SC). In this role, Elizabeth will lead the Association, to include overseeing legislative strategy, coordinating legislative efforts, working closely with state regulatory agencies (primarily SLED and SCDOR), and providing legal advice to the Association’s member wholesalers.
McNair Law Firm shareholder Liz Crum has been appointed by the South Carolina Bar’s Board of Governors to a seat in the 5th Circuit of the House of Delegates. She will remain in that position until June 2018.
WIRED, 11 OCTOBER 2017, FEAT. PROF. BRYANT WALKER SMITH:
Congress may finally be hacking away at national legislation that would firmly delineate who is responsible for regulating what about autonomous cars, but California has a big role to play here. “California is special,” says Bryant Walker Smith, a legal scholar with the University of South Carolina School of Law who studies self-driving vehicles. “It’s really big, it’s where a lot of this action is happening, it has the track record to be thinking through these issues, and it’s pretty committed to them.” The state has been regulating self-driving tech since 2012, and to date, has barred anyone from running a human-free car on public roads.
This updated proposal, open for public comment until October 25 and set to be finalized before the end of the year, seems to confirm a change: This driverless vehicle thing is really happening. “It’s yet another step,” Smith says. “And these days, there are so many steps, so fast, that I’d say we’re running.”
Melvin Younts (1951) was honored by the Greenville Tech Foundation at the Workforce Development Salute, an event that recognizes local leaders for their support of Greenville Technical College.
Frank C. Williams III (1990), was named Best Lawyers® 2018 Corporate Governance Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Greenville, S.C.
H. Hall Provence IV (2012), of Smith Moore Leatherwood, has been selected to Greenville Business Magazine’s 2017 Best & Brightest 35 and Under.
The Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce presented Sen. Lindsey Graham (1981) with the Patriot’s Award for his support of the military.
DALLAS NEWS, 25 SEPT. 2017, FEAT. PROF. SETH STOUGHTON:
Beginning next year, Texas teenagers will start getting “how to” lessons in the startlingly obvious: how to get stopped by a cop.
Under a new state law, the 2018-19 school year will include instruction for public school and driver’s ed students in “interactions with police,” including safety recommendations and individual rights. At the same time, police officers will be given similar training about how they should behave during traffic stops and similar routine encounters with citizens.
Maybe this training is necessary, and it probably does no harm. Proposed curricula, which will be based on information already included in state driver-training manuals, is pretty straightforward stuff: Stay in your car, open the window, keep your hands visible. Be polite.
What I find distressing about all this is perhaps irrelevant, which is this: Such “training” might reinforce the notion that law enforcement officers and the communities they police are alien species, natural adversaries who inevitably misunderstand and mistrust one another.
ANDERSON INDEPENDENT MAIL, 27 SEPTEMBER 2017, FEAT. PROF. JOSH GUPTA-KAGAN
In a medical helicopter, caregivers attending to 6-year-old Jacob Hall tried so valiantly to save him that they rolled up their sleeves and transfused their own blood into his body, his family’s lawyers said.
Those desperate efforts were not enough to save the Townville Elementary School first-grader.
A year has passed since investigators said a teenager, Jesse Osborne, opened fire on the school playground.
And everyone — those connected to Jacob, to the Osborne family, to the school and its rural Anderson County community — is changed.