Pamela D. Robinson was selected as an honoree for the 2016 South Carolina Leadership in Law Awards by South Carolina Lawyers Weekly. Robinson created the Pro Bono Program at the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1989, and it has since developed into a cornerstone of the law school’s volunteer opportunities. Receiving the award in recognition of her diligence and commitment to the program, Robinson continues to serve as the director.
In January 2016, Prof. Bryant Walker Smith presented at the Federal Trade Commission’s conference, “Auto Distribution: Current Issues and Future Trends,” in Washington, D.C. Prof. Walker Smith was on the Future Trends panel, discussing the possible changes and new technologies facing the automobile industry.
W. Lewis Burke, Distinguished Professor Emeritus and Interim Director of Clinical Legal Education, has co-edited a new book about the life and career of Chief Justice Jean Hoefer Toal of the Supreme Court of South Carolina. The book, titled Madam Chief Justice and published through the University of South Carolina Press, features essays from many notable legal scholars, including a forward by Sandra Day O’Connor, retired associate justice of the United States Supreme Court, and an introduction by Ruth Bader Ginsberg, an associate justice of the United States Supreme Court. A celebration of the book’s publication will take place on December 10 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm at the Darla Moore School of Business.
Professor Seth Stoughton presented a paper entitled “Principled Policing: Guardians and Warriors” at the Crisis in Policing: Violence, Race, and Community Relations conference at the University of Florida School of Law in November 2015. The conference featured scholars from law schools throughout the Southeast in addition to police officers and activists.
Rick Handel, an adjunct professor teaching income tax and state and local tax, recently received the 2015 Mary C. Lawton Award for Outstanding Government Service from the ABA Section of Administrative Law & Regulatory Practice for his work at the South Carolina Department of Revenue. The award honors government lawyers who have made outstanding contributions to the field of administrative law and regulatory practice over their careers. It was presented during the Section’s Fall Conference Awards Dinner on Oct. 29 during the annual Administrative Law Conference in Washington, D.C.
Professor Gregory B. Adams was appointed to the American Bar Association Ethics and Professionalism Committee and the American Bar Association Law Practice Futures Initiative. Both of these positions are within the American Bar Association’s Law Practice Division. The appointments became effective beginning with the fall meeting, which occurred October 20-22, 2015, and will be active for one year.
Pamela Robinson, director of the Pro Bono Program, spoke at the Points of Light National Conference on Volunteering and Service on October 20, 2015. Her topic, titled “Risk Management and Legal Issues in Volunteer Engagement,” focused on how the Fair Labor Standards Act impacted volunteering, how to legally and ethically manage volunteer performance issues, and the lines between paid employees and volunteers.
Professors Benjamin Means and Joseph Seiner have written an article on the employment controversies with ride-sharing companies Uber and Lyft that will be published in the forthcoming UC Davis Law Review. Their article calls for greater inquiry into the practice of Uber or Lyft labeling their drivers as “independent contractors” and denying them employment benefits, and what is at stake in establishing this new economic standard. Additionally, Means and Seiner’s article was cited in the University of Pennsylvania Law School’s Penn Program on Regulation’s piece on this subject.
On Oct. 27, Prof. Wadie Said will discuss his new book, “Crimes of Terror,” at the UC Davis Law School for the university’s Mellon Sawyer Seminar series, “Surveillance Democracies?”
The previous week, he was a guest speaker at Loyola University School of Law in Los Angeles, also discussing his book.
“Crimes of Terror” was recently featured in our alumni magazine, the fine print*.
On Friday, Oct. 16, Prof. Seth Stoughton presented “Police Body-Worn Cameras: Practical & Policy Implications” at the Midwest Conference of Chief Justices and State Court Administrators. Attendees included nine chief justices and more than fifteen justices representing the supreme courts of 10 different states.