Author Archives: Rob Schaller

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.

<Read More>

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.

Pam Robinson presents at AALS conference

Pamela D. Robinson, director of the University of South Carolina School of Law Pro Bono Program, spoke as part of a panel discussion titled “Bridging the Gaps: Using Technology to Increase Access to Justice and Law School Engagement” at the Association of American Law Schools annual conference in January 2017.

Pam Robinson highlighted in Clemson World magazine

Pamela D. Robinson

Pam Robinson (1986) was the featured alumna in Clemson World magazine in January. The magazine highlighted Robinson’s passion for helping others and her career as the director of the University of South Carolina School of Law’s Pro Bono Program.

“We can’t, as law school and law students, solve all the problems of the community, but we can be there as part of the solution,” she said.

<Read More>

Uber sends self-driving cars to Arizona after failed San Francisco pilot

THE MERCURY NEWS OF SAN JOSE, 23 DECEMBER 2016, FEAT. PROF. BRYANT WALKER SMITH:

The day after California regulators shut down Uber’s self-driving car program in San Francisco, Uber on Thursday packed up its autonomous vehicles and hauled them to Arizona, vowing to resume testing there.

The move was a quick rebound by Uber after its pilot program in San Francisco fell apart after just one week. Instead of giving in to California regulators and applying for a $150 permit to test its self-driving cars on public roads, Uber on Thursday once again signaled it doesn’t need to play by its home state’s rules.

<Read More>

Uber bows before California’s power and parks its robo-cars

WIRED, 21 DECEMBER 2016, FEAT. PROF. BRYANT WALKER SMITH:

Uber’s showdown with California regulators is over, and the regulators won. For now.

After a week of legal threats, meetings, and very official letters, Uber announced late Wednesday that it would park the self-driving vehicles that have been providing rides in San Francisco. Legally, the company had little choice, because the state Department of Motor Vehicles officially revoked the registration on each of the 16 robo-cars after Uber brazenly refused to apply for an autonomous testing permit. Tough tactics aside, regulators did extend a hand in friendship.

<Read More>

Five ways AI could change your life

THE HILL, 24 DECEMBER 2016, FEAT. PROF. BRYANT WALKER SMITH:

Artificial intelligence is unavoidable these days.

Companies like Google, Apple and Facebook are all investing in building the technologies — long the stuff of science fiction — into their projects. AI technologies allow computers to use large amounts of data to make decision or to learn on their own.

The companies have been working to educate the public about AI’s capabilities and limitations in an attempt to fend off perceptions of the technologies rooted in movies like “Terminator” and “War Games.”

Here’s a guide some of the ways the growth of AI might change your life over the next five to 10 years.

<Read More>

Can Training Really Stop Police Bias?

US NEWS, 29 DECEMBER 2016, FEATURING PROF. SETH STOUGHTON: 

The video is grainy, but the incident seems painfully clear.

A special forces operator stands in the middle of a room, tense, when an assailant lunges at his sidearm. The operator strikes him in the head, knocking him to the ground.

As the man lies on his back, the operator opens fire, first two rounds then a third.

It’s over in six seconds. 

<Read More>