Superior Court Judge Brian J. Amero (1994), Flint Judicial Circuit, McDonough, will become Secretary-Treasurer of the Council of Superior Court Judges of Georgia on May 1, 2018.
Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP is pleased to announce that partners H. Michael Bowers (1975) and J. Bennett Crites, III (2003) have been selected for inclusion in 2018 South Carolina Super Lawyers®.
POST AND COURIER, 19 APRIL 2018, FEAT. PROF. JOSH GUPTA-KAGAN:
South Carolina students could no longer be arrested for “disturbing schools” under Statehouse legislation that advanced Thursday with the backing of law enforcement groups.
The charge’s catch-all definition in state law is so broad “we’re criminalizing youthful behavior,” said Richland County sheriff’s Capt. Chris Cowan.
“If this statute had existed when I was in school, I wouldn’t be wearing this uniform right now,” he said.
ARIZONA DAILY STAR, 24 APRIL 2018, FEAT. PROF. SETH STOUGHTON:
You can’t blame police officers for being afraid.
The career they chose naturally puts them in risky situations, and just showing up for work can make them targets. On Thursday, two sheriff’s deputies eating in a Florida restaurant were shot and killed for no apparent reason other than their uniforms.
Yet that fear, that sense of danger may be growing exaggerated among some police officers in some places, at some times, and getting other people killed.
LA TIMES, 26 APRIL 2018, FEAT. PROF. DEREK BLACK:
Teachers are walking out again, this time shutting down campuses in 90 or more school districts across Arizona. Gov. Doug Ducey claims to be puzzled: He endorsed a plan to give teachers raises that would add up to a 20% pay increase over the next three years. Why would teachers walk out now?
Surely part of the reason is that teachers in Arizona know a concession on pay isn’t the same thing as a genuine commitment to public education. State leaders like Ducey are so dead set on privatizing education or spending school funds elsewhere that they are ready to change any rules — even longstanding constitutional and democratic norms — to further that agenda.
When D. Nichole Davis decided to go to law school, the firm where she worked as a paralegal rallied around her, handwriting letters of support.
Nearly 70 years earlier, Sarah Leverette faced a slightly different environment, periodically parrying inquiries from a law school dean incredulous that she remained enrolled.
Both women persevered through individual challenges to establish successful careers, and both recently received the University of South Carolina School of Law’s highest honor.
Davis received a 2018 Compleat Lawyer silver award, while Leverette received platinum recognition. The awards, established in 1992, are given in three categories: platinum (31 years or more in practice), gold (16 to 30 years) and silver (15 years or less).
Chris Gohagan (2008) was named by the Statesboro Herald as one of the top 20 professionals under 40.
BLOOMBERG BUSINESS, 25 APRIL 2018, FEAT. PROF. JOSH EAGLE:
One April morning in 2016, Daryl Carpenter, a charter boat captain out of Grand Isle, La., took some clients to catch redfish on a marsh pond that didn’t use to exist. Coastal erosion and rising seas are submerging a football field’s worth of Louisiana land every hour, creating and expanding ponds and lakes such as the one onto which Carpenter had piloted his 24-foot vessel.
CHRON.COM, 24 APRIL 2018, FEAT. PROF. DEREK BLACK:
Teacher strikes are generating a healthy focus on how far public education funding has fallen over the past decade. The full explanation, however, goes beyond basic funding cuts. It involves systematic advantages in terms of funding, students and teachers for charter schools and voucher programs as compared to traditional public schools. Increasing public teacher salaries may end the current protests, but speaking as an expert in education law and policy, I believe it won’t touch the new normal in which public education is no longer many states’ first priority.
My forthcoming research shows that, from funding and management practices to teacher and student policies, states are giving charter schools and private schools a better deal than public schools. These better deals have fueled enormous growth in charter schools and voucher programs that is now nearly impossible to unwind.
Theile McVey (2000), partner of the law firm Kassel McVey, a personal injury law practice based in Columbia SC, was recently inducted into the American Board of Trial Advocates.