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Free for now, former U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown is back in her element

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.

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Similarities run through Neenah, Appleton shootings

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.”

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Law professor says U.S. exit from climate deal sends global message

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.

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School of Law launches new website

 
 
In addition to moving into its new home in May 2017, the University of South Carolina School of Law has a new home on the Internet. But don’t worry. You can still find it at http://law.sc.edu.
 
The entirely revamped website launched on May 16, and features a new modern layout that has a responsive design, so it looks good on any platform, from desktop to tablet to mobile phone. The new architecture was designed to be more intuitive, and make it easier for users to find what they are looking for.  
 
One of the most notable changes is that the website is divided into two parts. 
 
The first part is aimed at prospective students and faculty candidates. The website is arguably the biggest marketing tool the School of Law has to attract new students and faculty, and the language and content on the pages have been reworked to do just that—share the many wonderful reasons to consider South Carolina Law.  These are the first pages that visitors will see.
 
The second part includes “internal-facing” pages, which are aimed at current students, faculty, and staff. These pages can be accessed by going to the “My Law School” link at the very bottom of the left-side navigation menu.
 
This section includes more in-depth information about academic programs, as well as other resources that are considered more internal, such as links to Self-Service Carolina, faculty by-laws, the student hand book, financial aid info, etc. Some of these pages are already in the content management system, while others link back to the old site.  Before long, all of the content will be in the CMS.
 
We hope you like it, and invite you to take a look around.
 
 

Reunited

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

Mock Trial wins TYLA Regionals for third straight year

(l to r) Matt Abee, Colin Spangler, Creasie Parrott and Brett Bayne.

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.