2018 Compleat Lawyer Awards recognize nine new recipients

The 2018 Compleat Lawyer recipients stand with winners from the previous years.

The 26th class of Compleat Lawyers were honored at the 2018 ceremony on April 19. Nine alumni were awarded the prestigious title, created by the University of South Carolina School of Law.

The Compleat Lawyer Awards were established in 1992 by the School of Law Alumni Council (formerly the Alumni Association) to recognize alumni for outstanding civic and professional accomplishments. Recipients are individuals who have made significant contributions to the legal profession and exemplify the highest standards of professional competence, ethics and integrity. They are nominated by members of the community and selected by a committee.

Platinum medallions are award to lawyers who have practiced for 31 years or more. Congratulations to this year’s winners:

H. Mills Gallivan ’76: Gallivan, White & Boyd, PA; Greenville

Edward G. Menzie, ’71: Nexsen Pruet, LLC; Columbia

Sarah Leverette, ’43: Columbia

Gold medallions are award to lawyers who have practiced for 16 to 30 years. Congratulations to this year’s winners:

Anne McGinness Kearse (1998)
Daniel Sanders (1989)
John H. Tiller (1987)

Silver medallions are award to lawyers who have practiced for 15 years or less. Congratulations to this year’s winners:

Joshua A. Bennett (2011)
Allen Mattison “Matt” Bogan (2004)
D. Nichole Davis (2011)

To see more photos from the event, please click here.

University of South Carolina adds context to its history

US NEWS, 21 FEB. 2018:

As some Southern universities grapple with uncomfortable truths about their histories, struggling with calls to rename or remove memorials and monuments to figures related to slavery and the Confederacy, the University of South Carolina is taking a different approach.

On Wednesday, the school unveils its tribute to Richard T. Greener, its first black professor and among the first black graduates of its law school. University officials say the bronze likeness of Greener is more than just the first-ever statue on the system’s flagship campus in Columbia.

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Symposium commemorates 25th anniversary of landmark case

From new beach-front properties to deepening ports to offshore drilling, the development of our coasts has dramatically increased in recent years. But with sea levels rising at increased rates and hurricanes consistently threatening populous coastal communities, coastal management has never been as vital. Twenty-five years ago, a landmark case from South Carolina was decided by the United States Supreme Court, and it changed how courts handle takings cases.

This November, the ABA Section of Real Property, Trust & Estate Law, along with the University of South Carolina School of Law, will commemorate the 25th anniversary of this case with a symposium and CLE, “Takings and Coastal Management a Quarter-Century after Lucas v. South Carolina Coastal Council.”  

The symposium will bring practicing attorneys, regulators, policy makers, and public interest advocates together  with academic experts in real property, environmental, coastal, and administrative law. Over the course of two days, these experts will explore the law Lucas established and how that law has affected the  management of coastal property, both nationally and in the southeast. 

The third day of the symposium is optional and offers participants the opportunity to travel to Wild Dunes in Charleston,  South Carolina, where participants will visit the property at issue in Lucas and other nearby locations that provide interesting examples of legal issues associated with coastal development. 

This course has been approved for up to 10 CLE credits in South Carolina, with 8 CLE credits available for the first two days of the course, and an additional 2 CLE credits available for the third day in Charleston. CLE approval for other states is pending. 

Program co-sponsors include the ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources; the ABA Section of State and Local Government Law; the ABA Section of Litigation; and the South Carolina Bar.

Register here and view the symposium schedule here.

Law Day big hit with area Boy Scouts


COLUMBIA — The Indian Waters Council of the Boy Scouts of America recently conducted a major event at the new law school of the University of South Carolina, and it was a big hit for Scouts and leaders alike.

On Sept. 30, 75 Boy Scouts from throughout the Midlands spent their day learning about various aspects of the law and law enforcement from distinguished statewide leaders in those fields.

“In today’s society, it is vital for our young people to better understand the importance of law and law enforcement,” said Doug Stone, Scout executive of the Indian Waters Council, BSA. “It was remarkable to have done that with the top caliber of professionals we had represented from those fields.”

The event was led by a large group of law professionals who are all Eagle Scout alumni, including federal Judge Joseph F. Anderson Jr., South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson, former SLED Chief Robert Stewart, Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon and state Sen. Brad Hutto. South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster provided the opening remarks with a history of the American legal system and encouraging words for the young men.

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Justice Alito Wants People to ‘Think Like a Lawyer’

THE STATE NEWSPAPER, 14 SEPTEMBER 2017 – In a recent speech this past week at the dedication of the new University of South Carolina School of Law in Columbia, South Carolina, Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito may have expressed a rather unpopular opinion. After comparing law schools to mosquito breeding pools, the jurist said that he believed it would be good for society if more people thought about issues like lawyers do.

Justice Alito explained that thinking like a lawyer involves looking at all sides of an issue in order to arrive at the truth. He believes that lawyers are good at understanding when they are wrong, and coming to terms with changing their positions based on logic and reason. He believes that this sentiment is dire in our current society due to the divisions that currently exist over certain issues.

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Future President of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom visits the School of Law

The University of South Carolina School of Law welcomed the future President of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom to campus on Sept. 18 for a three-day visit.  The Right Honourable Baroness Brenda Hale of Richmond DBE, the current deputy president of that court, was appointed in July 2017 as its first female president, a position she will assume in October. The position is the equivalent to Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court. In addition, Lady Hale is also the treasurer of Gray’s Inn, one of England’s four Inns of Court.

South Carolina Law’s partnership with Gray’s Inn spans 13 years, and it is the only law school in the United States to have a program in which American law students study inside a London Inn of Court. Each year, law professor Martin McWilliams accompanies students to London for a Maymester course at Gray’s Inn, allowing students and faculty rare access into one of the oldest legal systems in the world.

“Our partnership with Gray’s Inn is unprecedented for American law schools, and has given our students a unique experience, as well as extended their legal education in a way we could not teach them at home,” says McWilliams.

Lady Hale’s visit comes on the heels of another prominent justice’s visit to the School of Law. Just days before Lady Hale arrived in Columbia, the Honorable Samuel A. Alito, associate justice of the United States Supreme Court, delivered the keynote address at the dedication ceremony for its new building.

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