Catherine “Cate” Gelene Simmons (2017) was married to Nicholas Peter Mongell on June 3, 2017.
J. Joseph Owens (2016) joined Young Clement Rivers LLP as an associate attorney in May 2017.
THE FLORIDA TIMES-UNION, 19 MAY 2017, FEAT. PROF. COLIN MILLER: Former U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown was convicted May 11 on 18 counts of conspiracy, mail and wire fraud and tax crimes.
Brown’s defense lawyer said after the jury reached its verdict he would seek a new trial. Smith hasn’t said how, but the most obvious route seems to be attacking U.S. District Judge Timothy Corrigan’s decision to remove a juror who said “the Holy Spirit” told him Brown was innocent.
At first glance, it seems Smith might have a chance at getting his new trial, but it’s far from guaranteed, said Colin Miller, an associate dean at the University of South Carolina’s School of Law.
“It’s going to depend very much on the exact facts” of what Corrigan and the juror said before the judge made his decision, said Miller, who has researched and written about challenging jury verdicts.
Cynthia Durham Blair (1992), Blair Cato Pickren Casterline LLC, received the “Outstanding Advocate of the Year” award from the American Land Title Association in May, 2017.
POST-CRESCENT (APPLETON, WI), 9 JUNE, 2017, FEAT. PROF. SETH STOUGHTON:
The fatal police shootings at Eagle Nation Cycles in Neenah and Jack’s Apple Pub in Appleton bear unnerving similarities.
Though the circumstances were different — one stemmed from a hostage situation at a motorcycle shop and the other from a fight at a bar — the result was the same: Police shot and killed an innocent man at a downtown business.
Seth Stoughton, an assistant professor at the University of South Carolina School of Law and a former police officer, said police shooting deaths demand a high level of scrutiny.
Stoughton said the use of deadly force by an officer, even if the action was reasonable, “represents the most invasive and serious intrusion by a government actor into a private civilian’s life.”
SOUTH CAROLINA RADIO NETWORK, 2 JUNE 2017, FEAT. PROF. NATHAN RICHARDSON:
A University of South Carolina environmental law professor said the U.S.’s withdrawal from the Paris Agreement climate accord goes beyond just the natural impact.
Nathan Richardson told South Carolina Radio Network that it also sends the world a message about what could happen with other foreign agreements like trade deals. “I think that’s the real risk here beyond big short term changes in climate or energy policy,” said Richardson.
Halsey O. Schreier (2008) joined CIBC Atlantic Trust Private Wealth Management’s New York office as a wealth strategist in May 2017.
Despite the threat of Hurricane Matthew, spirits were high during reunion weekend this past October, as old friends and classmates gathered together to reconnect and remember thier law school days. The reunion honored the classes of 1966, 1971, 1976, 1981, 1986, 1991, 1996, 2006, and 2011. If your class year ends in a two or seven, be on the lookout for your reunion information in the coming months!
Here are a few select photos from the reunion parties.
Class of 1966
Class of 1971
Class of 1976
Class of 1981
Class of 1986
Class of 1991
Class of 1996
Class of 2006
Congratulations to the University of South Carolina School of Law Mock Trial team, who—for the third time in a row—won the regional round of the Texas Young Lawyers Association National Trial Competition on Feb. 11, 2017.
The team included third-year student Colin Spangler and second-year student Creasie Parrott, along with coaches Brett Bayne, Matt Abee, and Kinli Abee. They will be returning to the national competition in Fort Worth in March.