Ten law classes celebrate during alumni reunion weekend

Graduates of the law class of 1982 reconnected at their 35th law reunion.

The University of South Carolina School of Law’s 150th anniversary and dedication ceremony coincided with annual law class reunion activities. On the weekend of Sept. 15-17, 10 law school classes, dating back to 1967, reconnected with their classmates.

The weekend included an invitation to the School of Law’s building dedication, as well as a CLE given by Dean Rob Wilcox. On Friday night, each class enjoyed their own private party around Columbia, and on Saturday, alumni were invited to a tailgate party before the South Carolina vs. Kentucky game.

This year’s reunions celebrated the classes of 1967, 1972, 1977, 1982, 1987, 1992, 1997, 2002, 2007, and 2012.

Their love story involves alligator shoes, Taco Bell and, now, a free wedding

It all started with his patent-red alligator shoes – which, if you’ve ever seen Sam Johnson around town, doesn’t come as a total surprise.

They were college freshmen in a geology lab, and it was his 19th birthday (hence the special outfit).

That’s how Ashley Wheeling-Goodson remembers starting her first conversation with the man she’ll soon call her husband.

Sarah Leverette to be honored at SC Appleseed’s Advocate of the Year Reception

Each year, SC Appleseed Legal Justice Center selects a champion for justice, whose life’s work has been dedicated to improving the lives of fellow South Carolinians, and we honor that individual at our Advocate of the Year Reception.

This year, the center will award Sarah Leverette (1943) with the 2017 Rev. Sen. Clementa C. Pinckney Award for Justice.

Ms. Leverette has always been at the forefront of equal rights for women in the law and in the community. As one of the first female graduates of the USC School of Law, one of the first female lawyers in South Carolina and the first female faculty member of USC School of Law, the impact of her willingness to defy the expectations of the once closed-door, all-male South Carolina legal community continues to this day in the career of every female attorney in the state.

South Carolina’s Top Legal Group Names a New President

The South Carolina Association for Justice (SCAJ) has named a new President. Midlands’ attorney Hugh McAngus, Jr. (2006) of Chappell, Smith & Arden is taking over leadership of the State’s largest association of plaintiff lawyers. He will be replacing attorney Alex Cash, whose term has expired.

SCAJ has over 1200 members and is the State’s leading advocate for matters related to justice and access to fairness under the law. McAngus will bring a unique mixture of legal experience and policy expertise to the position.

“The Association’s work is vital to protecting our system of justice, and it makes a positive difference in people’s lives. The legal profession is much more than a job to me. It’s a calling, and I am honored to be serving as President of such an active and effective Association,” McAngus said.