SC LAWYERS WEEKLY, 15 MARCH 2018, FEAT. PROF. JOE SEINER:
March Madness is here. The time where college basketball fanatics, casual fans, and the wholly disinterested gather in office break rooms to drop off their tournament prognostications and a couple of dollars for the pot.
But before you fill out that bracket, ask yourself: Am I willing to go to jail for this? Am I really about that life?
Maybe it’s not quite that serious, but as Lawyers Weekly has been reminded, it’s still illegal gambling.
“It’s clear that these violate South Carolina law,” said University of South Carolina School of Law professor Joe Seiner. “Any type of office pool that you would benefit monetarily from [is illegal].”
The only state more restrictive in its gambling laws, according to Seiner, is Utah.
THE CONVERSATION, 15 MARCH 2018, WRITTEN BY: PROF. DEREK BLACK:
As outrage over the Parkland school shooting persists, lawmakers are looking for actual policy solutions. Unfortunately, they sometimes misunderstand or misuse the facts that should drive policy.
The Trump administration and its supporters are latching onto school discipline reform as the solution. But by reform, they do not mean improving school climate, ensuring fairness or getting students the mental and social services they need. They mean doing away with the school discipline reform the Obama administration helped spur. They mean doubling down on zero tolerance. Last week, Florida’s Republican Sen. Marco Rubio went so far as to write that “federal guidance may have contributed to systemic failures to report Nikolas Cruz’s dangerous behaviors to local law enforcement.” Cruz is accused of carrying out the Feb. 14 school shooting in Parkland, Florida.
LA TIMES, 28 FEB. 2018, FEAT. PROF. BRYANT WALKER SMITH:
Until now, driverless cars were allowed on California roads only with a human behind the wheel. The new rules — which were sought by automakers, Silicon Valley technology companies and many safety advocates — loosen restrictions on testing and, crucially, set standards to allow the sale or lease of robot cars and their operation by ride-hailing fleets.
“Those deployments will start small but grow fast,” said Bryant Walker Smith, a specialist in autonomous vehicle regulation at the University of South Carolina School of Law. Already, Waymo plans to deploy a robot-car ride-hailing service in the Phoenix area later this year.
BYU RADIO, 21 FEB. 2018, FEAT. PROF. DEREK BLACK:
Derek Black is a Professor of Law at the University of South Carolina School of Law. His areas of expertise include education law and policy, constitutional law, civil rights, evidence, and torts. The focus of his current scholarship is the intersection of constitutional law and public education, particularly as it pertains to educational equality and fairness for disadvantaged students. Although a public school education is something every student in America is entitled to, it is not a constitutional right. Would this make a difference in America’s educational standards? Derek Black explains.
WASHINGTON EXAMINER, 6 FEB, 2018, FEAT. PROF. BRYANT WALKER SMITH:
Ford, of course, may not be the only company interested in making a robotic cop car.
“I’m skeptical that this idea satisfies the patentability requirements of novelty and nonobviousness,” said Bryant Walker Smith, a professor of law and engineering at the University of South Carolina and an affiliate scholar at the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School.
Regardless, Smith said, the idea’s likely to be one part of a larger shift.
AUTOMOTIVE NEWS, 1 FEB 2018, FEAT. PROF. BRYANT WALKER SMITH:
Nearly a year after Waymo filed its lawsuit against Uber, the self-driving competitors are to have their day in court, with the trial scheduled to start this week.
But beyond whether the spinoff of Google’s parent company or the ride-hailing giant prevails, the trial is expected to have a huge impact on the auto industry.
“This trial is a really big deal,” said Bryant Walker Smith, a University of South Carolina law professor who specializes in self-driving vehicles. “Not as much because of the legal issue or the ultimate impact for the companies, but for showing how much is at stake in development of automated vehicles for companies that are doing it.”
FOX NEWS, FEBRUARY 2018, FEAT. PROF. DEREK BLACK:
The bill could reach the state’s House Education and Public Works Committee as early as March, but even if it passes, federal courts could intervene.
Legal experts say the proposed legislation may have a difficult time standing up in court.
“Here, the purpose seems to be a religious purpose, and anytime there’s a religious purpose in passing legislation, the courts are going to strike it down,” said Derek W. Black, a law professor at the University of South Carolina.
Black acknowledged the Supreme Court ruling in favor of “In God We Trust” on U.S. currency but says the defense of “ceremonial deism” – in other words, the motto’s longstanding nature – makes it more about tradition than religion and will not protect new developments incorporating the phrase.
POST AND COURIER, 1 FEB. 2018, FEAT. PROF. JOSH EAGLE:
Redrawing the line now could cost taxpayers millions of dollars, said Josh Eagle, a University of South Carolina environmental law professor who took part in a panel that crafted the policy calling for the line.
The bills would:
- Do away with the seaward line, as filed by state Sen. Chip Campsen, R-Isle of Palms. That bill is being amended.
- Hold off deciding on the line until the end of 2019, as filed by Sen. Stephen Goldfinch, R-Georgetown. That bill was moved to a full committee hearing.
POST AND COURIER, 27 JAN. 2018, FEAT. PROF. SETH STOUGHTON:
Storing and organizing digital evidence has become a growing issue for law enforcement agencies across the country, said Seth Stoughton, a professor at the University of South Carolina School of Law. And while Horry and Georgetown counties have come up with a plan to manage such evidence in the future, it may not cover all the complexities created investigations in the digital age.
THE INQUIRER, 21 JAN. 2018, FEAT. PROF. COLIN MILLER:
‘Serial’ follow-up podcast ‘Undisclosed’ now looks at case of jailed Philly men