Thomas M. “Tommy” Bultman (1978), an attorney at Bryan Law Firm of S.C., LLP, will join more than 50 of the states elected public servants after he was elected to family court by South Carolina General Assembly on Feb. 7.
Gregory Poole Harris and Nancy Marchant Harris of Columbia are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Caroline Lila Harris, to Charles Grayson Hill (2018), son of Mr. Robert Raymond Hill Jr. and Carol Clamp Hill of Columbia.
WASHINGTON EXAMINER, 6 FEB, 2018, FEAT. PROF. BRYANT WALKER SMITH:
Ford, of course, may not be the only company interested in making a robotic cop car.
“I’m skeptical that this idea satisfies the patentability requirements of novelty and nonobviousness,” said Bryant Walker Smith, a professor of law and engineering at the University of South Carolina and an affiliate scholar at the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School.
Regardless, Smith said, the idea’s likely to be one part of a larger shift.
The law firm of Bacot & Padgett, LLC, a general practice law firm in Uptown Greenwood, is pleased to announce that Velvet Brown Davis (2002) is joining the firm as an associate attorney practicing primarily in the area of real estate transactions.
AUTOMOTIVE NEWS, 1 FEB 2018, FEAT. PROF. BRYANT WALKER SMITH:
Nearly a year after Waymo filed its lawsuit against Uber, the self-driving competitors are to have their day in court, with the trial scheduled to start this week.
But beyond whether the spinoff of Google’s parent company or the ride-hailing giant prevails, the trial is expected to have a huge impact on the auto industry.
“This trial is a really big deal,” said Bryant Walker Smith, a University of South Carolina law professor who specializes in self-driving vehicles. “Not as much because of the legal issue or the ultimate impact for the companies, but for showing how much is at stake in development of automated vehicles for companies that are doing it.”
WALLETHUB, 30 JAN. 2018, FEAT. PROF. MARCIA ZUG:
Immigration, and how to handle it, continues to be a contentious topic in the United States in 2018. Recent issues include court battles over the Trump administration’s travel ban on certain countries, along with the possible upcoming end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. But political differences aside, there’s no question that immigration as a whole affects the economy.
FOX NEWS, FEBRUARY 2018, FEAT. PROF. DEREK BLACK:
The bill could reach the state’s House Education and Public Works Committee as early as March, but even if it passes, federal courts could intervene.
Legal experts say the proposed legislation may have a difficult time standing up in court.
“Here, the purpose seems to be a religious purpose, and anytime there’s a religious purpose in passing legislation, the courts are going to strike it down,” said Derek W. Black, a law professor at the University of South Carolina.
Black acknowledged the Supreme Court ruling in favor of “In God We Trust” on U.S. currency but says the defense of “ceremonial deism” – in other words, the motto’s longstanding nature – makes it more about tradition than religion and will not protect new developments incorporating the phrase.
POST AND COURIER, 1 FEB. 2018, FEAT. PROF. JOSH EAGLE:
Redrawing the line now could cost taxpayers millions of dollars, said Josh Eagle, a University of South Carolina environmental law professor who took part in a panel that crafted the policy calling for the line.
The bills would:
- Do away with the seaward line, as filed by state Sen. Chip Campsen, R-Isle of Palms. That bill is being amended.
- Hold off deciding on the line until the end of 2019, as filed by Sen. Stephen Goldfinch, R-Georgetown. That bill was moved to a full committee hearing.
Adams and Reese attorney Kirby D. Shealy, III (1996), was recognized among the leaders in his field as the Columbia office partner was named a 2018 Leadership in Law winner as announced by South Carolina Lawyers Weekly.
The head law enforcement officer for the state of South Carolina, State Law Enforcement Division Chief Mark Keel (1995), is now set to serve another term after reappointment Wednesday by Gov. Henry McMaster.