Author Archives: Mackenzie Grant

The Bundys are poster boys for America’s rural/urban divide


Cliven, Ammon and Ryan Bundy went on trial in Las Vegas last week over their violent standoff with Bureau of Land Management officials in Nevada in 2014. Cliven had refused to stop grazing cattle on federal land, or to pay grazing fees. BLM agents trying to collect the cattle abandoned the effort when they were met by several hundred militant Bundy supporters. You may also remember Ammon and Ryan, Cliven’s sons, from another “rancher protest,” the occupation of the federal Malheur Wildlife Refuge in Oregon in early 2016.

These armed standoffs are indefensible. But they are also symptomatic of bigger problems that weigh on our society. Longstanding tensions over Western federal land and deep conflicts between city “elites” and country “non-elites” help explain why some view Cliven Bundy as a folk hero and others see him as a domestic terrorist. These divisions could also account for a slew of not-guilty verdicts in four earlier trials related to the standoffs.

Rock Hill man will argue self-defense, represent himself in murder trial


stakes couldn’t be much higher for Keenan Miller.

The 22-year-old Rock Hill native is charged with murder, attempted murder and weapons charges in a March 2016 shootout between rival groups. It all happened in the middle of Rock Hill’s Keels Avenue. Court documents show the trial is set for Monday.

Miller will have no lawyer, court documents show. He fired his two previous lawyers, court records show, and told the court in filings and in an August hearing he plans to go to trial without an attorney and argue self-defense.

Symposium commemorates 25th anniversary of landmark case

From new beach-front properties to deepening ports to offshore drilling, the development of our coasts has dramatically increased in recent years. But with sea levels rising at increased rates and hurricanes consistently threatening populous coastal communities, coastal management has never been as vital. Twenty-five years ago, a landmark case from South Carolina was decided by the United States Supreme Court, and it changed how courts handle takings cases.

This November, the ABA Section of Real Property, Trust & Estate Law, along with the University of South Carolina School of Law, will commemorate the 25th anniversary of this case with a symposium and CLE, “Takings and Coastal Management a Quarter-Century after Lucas v. South Carolina Coastal Council.”  

The symposium will bring practicing attorneys, regulators, policy makers, and public interest advocates together  with academic experts in real property, environmental, coastal, and administrative law. Over the course of two days, these experts will explore the law Lucas established and how that law has affected the  management of coastal property, both nationally and in the southeast. 

The third day of the symposium is optional and offers participants the opportunity to travel to Wild Dunes in Charleston,  South Carolina, where participants will visit the property at issue in Lucas and other nearby locations that provide interesting examples of legal issues associated with coastal development. 

This course has been approved for up to 10 CLE credits in South Carolina, with 8 CLE credits available for the first two days of the course, and an additional 2 CLE credits available for the third day in Charleston. CLE approval for other states is pending. 

Program co-sponsors include the ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources; the ABA Section of State and Local Government Law; the ABA Section of Litigation; and the South Carolina Bar.

Register here and view the symposium schedule here.

Law Day big hit with area Boy Scouts


COLUMBIA — The Indian Waters Council of the Boy Scouts of America recently conducted a major event at the new law school of the University of South Carolina, and it was a big hit for Scouts and leaders alike.

On Sept. 30, 75 Boy Scouts from throughout the Midlands spent their day learning about various aspects of the law and law enforcement from distinguished statewide leaders in those fields.

“In today’s society, it is vital for our young people to better understand the importance of law and law enforcement,” said Doug Stone, Scout executive of the Indian Waters Council, BSA. “It was remarkable to have done that with the top caliber of professionals we had represented from those fields.”

The event was led by a large group of law professionals who are all Eagle Scout alumni, including federal Judge Joseph F. Anderson Jr., South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson, former SLED Chief Robert Stewart, Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon and state Sen. Brad Hutto. South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster provided the opening remarks with a history of the American legal system and encouraging words for the young men.

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Brogdon named executive director of Wine & Spirits Wholesalers Association of SC

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.