2014 grad argues before state’s highest court

 

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Many law students dream of someday arguing a case before the state’s highest court. None expect it to happen during their first year of practice. But this past February, that’s exactly what Perry MacLennan did: argue a case before the South Carolina Supreme Court – just after being sworn into the Bar.

MacLennan graduated from the University of South Carolina School of Law in May 2014, took the bar exam in July and was sworn in that fall. In November, he was named an associate in Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd’s Greenville office, where he focuses his practice on business, commercial and construction litigation, helping individuals and business with breach of contract and payment disputes. Almost immediately, he began working on a case that would be presented before the state Supreme Court involving enforceability of an arbitration clause in a contract. “The lawyers I work with thought it would be a great opportunity for me,” MacLennan said. “When they were in my shoes, the more senior partners at the firm went out of their way to give them real experiences quickly.”

MacLennan assisted on the case as a law clerk, so he was already familiar with it, but he had a considerable amount of catching up to do. “The case had already been through the trial court and the court of appeals by the time I started working on it,” he said. Leading up to the February court date, MacLennan practiced his argument many times with his colleagues. “I owe a debt of gratitude to them, as well as my mentors at the firm, for giving me the confidence and encouragement that I needed to be effective,” he said.

At the Supreme Court, MacLennan was given just 15 minutes to make his case before the justices, and most of his time was spent in a back-and-forth Q&A, requiring a lot of thinking on his feet. “The justices don’t give you the time to make a pre-rehearsed speech,” he said. “Of course I was nervous, but I felt a measure of comfort thanks in large part to Judge Dennis Shedd’s Fourth Circuit Practice class at USC Law.”

MacLennan took Shedd’s class as a 3L, where he argued in front of a judge from the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals on a weekly basis. “I thought about my experiences in that class often during the week leading up to my argument,” he said.

Just weeks after hearing the case, the S.C. Supreme Court dismissed it as improvidently granted, meaning the appeal was denied, which was the result that MacLennan was seeking. “I was happy for our client because it was a long road to get to that point,” he said.

MacLennan’s experience at the Supreme Court taught him to see cases from a different perspective – the view from the bench. “Appellate court decisions have a profound impact on the laws of this state,” he said. “I found it helpful to think about the future ramifications of my argument and how a decision in my favor could impact future litigants. I certainly hope that I find my way back to the Supreme Court and take these lessons with me.”

 

@UofSCLaw celebrates 50th volume of the ABA Real Property, Trust & Estate Law Journal

SavetheDateCoverWebThe ABA Real Property, Trust & Estate Law Journal, which boasts the nation’s second largest circulation for a scholarly legal journal, published its 50th volume this spring. It is also celebrating 25 years of calling the University of South Carolina School of Law its home. The pride and enthusiasm shown by the student editorial board demonstrates the kind of passion that has made the School of Law “the best place to house the Journal for the past 25 years,” according to Professor Amy Milligan, who is also the current resident editor and a Journal alumna.

“With 22,000 subscribers, a lot of practitioners read and use our work. The challenge becomes making sure that we always deliver the best product possible, and our students meet that challenge issue after issue,” said Milligan.

Since 1991, the Journal has been one of the primary vehicles of peer-reviewed scholarship and a jewel of membership for the American Bar Association’s (ABA) section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law (RPTE). But it is the Journal’s collaborative editing process between students and a national editorial board of professionals selected by the RPTE that makes it so unique. Professional editors are responsible for acquiring relevant and scholarly articles. These articles are then forwarded to student editors who format, edit, and verify all citations before going back to the professional editorial board for final approval and publication.

“The professional editorial board functions as a kind of a safety valve for authors because it allows for editing from different perspectives, some of which come from the top practitioners in the field,” said Professor Alan Medlin, who was instrumental in bringing the Journal to the School of Law and served as professional editor-in-chief during its first years. “This collaboration helps us produce the highest quality academic publication that’s focused on the ABA’s particular membership.”

For students, the symbiotic relationship has been instrumental to their learning and development, allowing them to get actively involved with the latest issues in practice, while affording them invaluable networking opportunities. The environment around the Journal exudes undeniable comradery and support, as students work together for many hours per week to sharpen their skills and, most importantly, provide useful material that upholds the ethics and standards of the ABA.

According to Lauren Patterson, the editor-in-chief of the student board for the 50th volume, “The ABA’s decision to place the Journal here, thanks to Professor Medlin, has opened the door for our Journal members to work with some of the top lawyers in the fields of property and probate law. Through this experience, our members learn about the cutting issues in these legal fields as well as crucial writing and editing skills. The feedback provided by our professional editorial board is immeasurably helpful in producing a great article. It teaches me and the other Journal members how to be an effective writer, which is essential knowledge for any lawyer.”

“To have a partnership with such a highly respected legal organization is invaluable in so many intangible ways, and it also says a lot about the students of our school,” said Medlin. “I have been told time and again by ABA officers that they’re very proud of what our students do. The mutual benefits of this relationship come from hard work and a great product. I’m certainly grateful for the support and the acknowledgments of our accomplishments. It’s just hard to believe it’s been 25 years.”

Topping-off ceremony marks another milestone

20150709_Topping Off Ceremony_0056On Thursday, July 9, a little more than nine months after first breaking ground, the University of South Carolina School of Law celebrated a major milestone in the construction of its new home: the topping-off ceremony. Faculty, staff, university trustees and distinguished alumni gathered to watch as the final piece of steel forming the structural framework of the building was lifted into place by construction crews.

20150709_Topping Off Ceremony_0005School of Law Dean Robert Wilcox said seeing the completion of this phase of construction is a reminder of how the school promises to further transform law education at the university.

“Already the building is transforming the Gervais Street corridor. When finished, it will just as surely open new opportunities for our students to study law in the best possible environment,” he said. “We are incredibly excited to see the project reach this milestone toward completion.”

20150709_Topping Off Ceremony_0026University President Harris Pastides praised the dedication of Gilbane Construction’s crew in reaching the milestone. “It’s been fascinating for all of us to watch USC’s new School of Law’s structural rise,” he said. “Hard hats off to these tenacious workers who, even during one of the hottest summers on record, have provided the expertise needed to get each steel beam in place.” 

Over the next 18 months, the building will begin to come to life as its offices, classrooms, courtrooms, bookstore, library, café, commons area and courtyard take shape. Completion is expected by the School of Law’s 150th anniversary in the fall of 2017.

In keeping with a centuries-old Scandinavian tradition, when the highest beam of a building is hoisted into place, a tree is raised along with it to symbolize the bringing of life to the new structure. The Leyland cypress raised at the School of Law’s ceremony will be removed from the beam and planted on the grounds of the new building. Because the cypress is a symbol of durability and longevity, it will serve as a living reminder of the School of Law’s long tradition of contributions to the state, the nation and the world.

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Rising 3L receives coveted ABA clerkship

JOSEPH, CAMEO-DIAMOND 619__154-1007Cameo Joseph, a rising third-year student at the University of South Carolina School of Law, was selected to participate in the American Bar Association Business Law Section Diversity Clerkship Program. The elite program accepts fewer than 10 students each year from applicants across the country, and Joseph is the second consecutive student from the School of Law to receive one of its clerkships.

A Greenville native, Joseph graduated from Clemson University with a B.S. in Language and International Health (Spanish). She began her Diversity Clerkship on June 22 with the Hon. Clifton Newman, a circuit court judge with the South Carolina Judicial Department in Columbia. She has a strong interest in business law and believes this clerkship will help her decide in which area she will focus her practice after graduation. “I learn so much from Judge Newman each day. He’s brilliant and has proved to be a great mentor,” Joseph said. “I’m honored to have this chance to experience business law from a judge’s perspective and to be able take what I have learned in the classroom and apply it to practical situations.”

Tommy Preston, an associate at Nexsen Pruet and a 2011 alum of the School of Law, encouraged Joseph to apply for the clerkship. “Tommy became one of my mentors during my first year of law school,” she said. “He is heavily involved with the ABA, including the Young Lawyers Division and the Business Law Section, and his encouragement meant a lot to me.”

“This program is very prestigious, and I thought Cameo had what it takes to compete with applicants from around the country,” Preston said. “She has a great opportunity to get more exposure to business law while building a network that hopefully will result in her getting a great job upon graduation.”

“Having two USC students receive clerkships in consecutive years shows the national quality of our law school and its students,” he said.

The ABA Business Law Section sponsors the clerkship program to encourage participation in business law by students who are minorities, female or LGBT, or who have overcome social, economic or physical disadvantages to attend law school. Students are placed in clerkships with business court judges in various locations, and they participate in researching cases, drafting memoranda and opinions, observing trials and networking with attorneys and judges.

Amanda Reasoner, a 2015 graduate of the School of Law, was a 2014 Diversity Clerk. She worked with the Hon. Donald F. Parsons, Jr., in Wilmington, Del.

Going Pro

While Gamecock athletics have recently found success with nationally ranked football, baseball and women’s basketball programs, the law school has been busy producing its own outstanding talent. Here’s a highlight reel of alums who have combined their passion for sports with their law degrees to go pro in the fast-paced field of sports law.

Bryan BlairBryan Blair, ’10, was named associate athletics director for compliance at Rice University in February. It’s his second stint at Rice, previously serving as a compliance coordinator. In between, he returned to USC, where he was the assistant director of compliance services for the Gamecocks.

In addition to compliance operations, Blair oversees seven of Rice University’s 16 sports programs, including both Men and Women’s Track and Field (Indoor and Outdoor), Men and Women’s Cross Country, and Women’s Soccer. As the administrator of each sport, he works with coaches to help improve the team and advises the athletic director on each program’s budget, hiring decisions, and more.

“I enjoy my job because it changes day to day, from dealing with coaches and student athletes with emergencies to working with financial aid, admissions and housing to ensure our athletes have what they need to be successful,” Blair says. He recalls fond memories of being on the sidelines at USC football games, and he’s glad that his work in compliance helped people from around the world form a good opinion of the university. “Members of the football team serve as highly visible ambassadors of a school, and the athletic department as a whole has an obligation to help them grow, academically and personally. Compliance provides a framework of rules and regulations, whether it’s on game day assisting with recruiting new players or making sure all behind-the-scenes tasks are completed.”

Blair has been awarded the 2014 Rising Star Award by the National Association for Athletics Compliance, which recognizes young compliance professionals who are considered to be emerging leaders. He was chosen for the NCAA Leadership  Institute, which provides tailored programming conducted on NCAA member institution campuses to assist participants in strategically mapping and planning their careers, and was designated as the 2014 graduation speaker by his peers.

“When I started law school, I wasn’t clear on what my career path would be,” Blair says. “Working in compliance showed me a way to combine the law with university athletics, something that I was passionate about as a former student athlete, and it helped me realize a career goal of one day becoming a Division I athletic director.”

Beth HopperBeth Hopper, ’12, was named assistant director of compliance for Northern Arizona University’s (NAU) athletic department in February. It was a return of sorts for Hopper, who graduated with honors from NAU in 2006. While earning her bachelors in biology, she also played on the womens’ basketball team, helping her team win the school’s first and only bid to the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament.

As a former student athlete, Beth is a self-professed huge sports fan, but she wasn’t necessarily thinking about a career in compliance until after she received her J.D. from USC.

“With a law degree, you can go in so many different career directions,” Beth says. “When I started law school, I was interested in a career in politics. It wasn’t until after I graduated that I came across some sports law blogs and thought, ‘Why did I never think of that as a career path?’”

Despite not taking any sports law classes during law school, she felt well-prepared for her career thanks to the variety of skills she learned here. “NAU is a small resource school,” she says. “There are only two of us in the compliance department, so we get to do it all, including education regarding NCAA rules, interpreting eligibility requirements, evaluating student athlete visits, and monitoring what coaches can and can’t do during recruiting. So much of the standard curriculum at USC Law prepared me for this job.”

Matt MikrutMatt Mikrut, ’13, was named assistant director for the Office of Committees on Infractions at the Indianapolis, Ind. offices of the NCAA in March. Before being promoted to this position, he worked as a postgraduate intern in the same office. While at USC School of Law, he was a compliance intern with the athletics department, and he helped to establish the USC School of Law/Office of Compliance Services Law Externship Program.

“The NCAA Postgraduate Internship Program is highly competitive, with only 25 young professionals chosen each year out of roughly 1,000 applicants,” Mikrut says. “I was the first ever Office of the Committees on Infractions postgraduate intern. Being selected was largely reflective of my experiences at the University of South Carolina and the experience I gained as a law student and member of the compliance team there.”

Mikrut played varsity football at Davidson College, and  it was those experiences that made him interested in pursuing a career in sports law. But he credits another USC Law alum with helping him find the path that was right for him.  “I knew I wanted to work with student athletes, but I didn’t know how or in what capacity,” he says. “Bryan Blair introduced me to the possibility of a career in athletic compliance and acted as my mentor. He helped me realize that I could use the skills I developed in law school, my past experiences and my passion for college athletics to help current and future student athletes have rewarding experiences.”

Mikrut has seen both sides of the compliance coin, first from the university side, then from the NCAA side. “At the NCAA, the work I do is reactive to potential alleged violations or violations concluded by the committee,” he says. “At the university level, the work was more proactive and educational – trying to avoid the occurrence of any violations.”

Mikrut says that USC Law helped him to develop his analytical and communicative skills, both written and oral, which help him to effectively carry out his daily responsibilities, and the Sports Law course that he took gave him an understanding of the NCAA’s operations and rules. “I would not be in the role I’m in today without my background at USC Law,” he says.

Cherry named Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

CHERRY, JACLYN 594__094-1065-LJaclyn A. Cherry, an associate professor at the University of South Carolina School of Law, was named associate dean for academic affairs in October. Cherry had been serving as interim associate dean since mid-July.

“I am pleased that Jackie has agreed to serve as our associate dean for academic affairs, and I know that everyone at the school of law joins me in that sentiment. Her enthusiasm and considerable talents for supporting the academic needs of our students are fundamental for the continued achievements of this school,” said Rob Wilcox, dean of the School of Law.

Cherry joined the faculty in 2008. Her teaching includes a Nonprofit Organizations Clinic, a Nonprofit/Tax Exempt course and Small Business Capstone course. She is a member of the American Law Institute, and was named associate reporter for the ALI’s “Principles of the Law of Charitable Nonprofit Organizations” for 2013. Cherry is a 2012 winner of the G.G. Dowling Faculty Award given by the University of South Carolina School of Law to a faculty member who typifies to fellow faculty outstanding qualities of integrity, concern for others and legal scholarship.

She is a founding member of the South Carolina Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, which provides pro bono legal assistance to South Carolina’s arts community. She is a member of the advisory board of the Nelson Mullins Riley Scarborough Center on Professionalism, and was named a fellow of both the American Bar Foundation and the USC Pipeline for Academic Leaders in 2014.

Cherry has co-authored several nonprofit tax-exempt texts including the 3rd edition of her casebook Tax Exempt Organizations: Cases and Materials, which was published in 2014.

Hubbard sworn in as president of the American Bar Association

Hubbard_William-233x300William C. Hubbard, a 1977 alumnus of the University of South Carolina School of Law, was sworn in as president of the American Bar Association on August 11 at the organization’s annual meeting in Boston. He spent the past year as the ABA’s president-elect and was chair of the ABA’s House of Delegates from 2008-2010.

During his year-long term as president, Hubbard will represent the ABA’s 400,000 members and 900 employees as CEO and chief spokesperson. He will be meeting with the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Supreme Court, and testifying before Congressional committees, among other duties. He plans to focus on domestic violence, access to justice for the poor, criminal justice and sentencing reform, and developing a blueprint to help lawyers and judges adapt to technology and globalization.

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“Being named president of the ABA is the pinnacle of any lawyer’s career,” said Robert M. Wilcox, dean of the USC School of Law, who attended the installment ceremony. “We are proud that William is an alumnus of our law school and that he calls South Carolina home.”

Hubbard is a partner in the Columbia office of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP, where he practices in business litigation related to breach of contract, business torts, breach of fiduciary duty claims, unfair trade practices, energy and utilities disputes, and class actions. He also serves on the board of trustees of the University of South Carolina. Hubbard received the Order of the Palmetto (2002), the highest civilian award given by a South Carolina governor, as well as the USC Distinguished Alumni Award (2009), the USC School of Law Compleat Lawyer Platinum Award (2010), and the Honorary Doctor of Laws (2010). He received a B.A. in History, magna cum laude, from USC in 1974 and was awarded the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award, the university’s highest student honor.

Hubbard is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, chair of the board of directors of The World Justice Project and immediate past president of the American Bar Foundation. He is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, the American Judicature Society, the John Belton O’Neall Inn of Court, the U.S. Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference and the Council of the American Law Institute. He consistently has been listed among the Best Lawyers in America® and South Carolina Super Lawyers, and he was the inaugural recipient of the Leadership in Law Award by SC Lawyers Weekly (2009).

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Hubbard sworn in as president of the American Bar Association

William C. Hubbard, a 1977 alumnus of the University of South Carolina School of Law, was sworn in as president of the American Bar Association on August 11 at the organization’s annual meeting in Boston. He spent the past year as the ABA’s president-elect and was chair of the ABA’s House of Delegates from 2008-2010.

During his year-long term as president, Hubbard will represent the ABA’s 400,000 members and 900 employees as CEO and chief spokesperson. He will be meeting with the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Supreme Court, and testifying before Congressional committees, among other duties. He plans to focus on domestic violence, access to justice for the poor, criminal justice and sentencing reform, and developing a blueprint to help lawyers and judges adapt to technology and globalization.

WATCH HUBBARD’S FIRST SPEECH AS ABA PRESIDENT:

“Being named president of the ABA is the pinnacle of any lawyer’s career,” said Robert M. Wilcox, dean of the USC School of Law, who attended the installment ceremony. “We are proud that William is an alumnus of our law school and that he calls South Carolina home.”

Hubbard is a partner in the Columbia office of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP, where he practices in business litigation related to breach of contract, business torts, breach of fiduciary duty claims, unfair trade practices, energy and utilities disputes, and class actions. He also serves on the board of trustees of the University of South Carolina. Hubbard received the Order of the Palmetto (2002), the highest civilian award given by a South Carolina governor, as well as the USC Distinguished Alumni Award (2009), the USC School of Law Compleat Lawyer Platinum Award (2010), and the Honorary Doctor of Laws (2010). He received a B.A. in History, magna cum laude, from USC in 1974 and was awarded the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award, the university’s highest student honor.

Hubbard is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, chair of the board of directors of The World Justice Project and immediate past president of the American Bar Foundation. He is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, the American Judicature Society, the John Belton O’Neall Inn of Court, the U.S. Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference and the Council of the American Law Institute. He consistently has been listed among the Best Lawyers in America® and South Carolina Super Lawyers, and he was the inaugural recipient of the Leadership in Law Award by SC Lawyers Weekly (2009).

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Nonprofit clinic students make world-wide impact

 

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Guatemalan mothers working as a part of ChiChi’s Blooms to create and sell handmade crafts in order to provide education for their children. (Photo Credit: ChiChi’s Blooms)

“It’s neat that a Clinic in Columbia, South Carolina, can work with groups that are making a positive impact on multiple continents,” said John Langford, a 2014 alumnus. “And that I can be a part of it… that’s the coolest thing for sure.”

During his third year, Langford was a student in USC Law’s Nonprofit Organizations Clinic class. He had the opportunity to work with Potters Water Action Group (PWAG), an organization that works with domestic and international groups supporting water purification efforts globally to provide clean water to people currently without access.  These efforts have reached towns and villages in Africa and South America, as well as many other countries.

“They are providing such a fundamental need in these countries, and it’s a great feeling to know that, even in a small way, I helped them provide that need,” said Langford.

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Richard Wukich, founder of Potters Water Action Group, and Atamora Village master potter Ibukunoluwa Ayoola (center) proudly displaying the first successful water filter produced in Nigeria. It will be dried, then fired in a brick kiln. Then it will be treated with a solution of colloidal silver. The finished filter sits in a five-gallon bucket with a spigot to draw off potable water. (Photo credit: Richard Wukich)

While PWAG had developed a water purification system and was disseminating this technique worldwide, it needed help structuring its organization legally so it could function appropriately and attract tax-deductible donations from foundations and individuals.  That’s when they contacted the School of Law’s clinic.

“We had talked about this for several years, and in order to make this all viable we needed to become a nonprofit,” said Richard Wukich, founder of PWAG. “One of my co-workers knew Jaclyn Cherry and was able to get us in touch with her and her students at USC.”

They weren’t alone.

In addition to the normal roster of South Carolina-based clients, the fall 2013 semester saw a total of three international organizations seeking assistance. The other two were the Emerging Science and Technology Policy Center, a group working internationally to educate leaders in advancements in science and technology; and ChiChi’s Blooms, a group based in Guatemala that provides education to disadvantaged children, and supports their mothers who make handmade crafts to provide for their families.

“Because the mission I work for is a Guatemalan nonprofit, and cannot have a business associated with it—and because I can’t have a Guatemalan business due to my visa status—I talked with Professor Cherry about incorporating in the US where we still maintain our home” said Cindy Gormley, founder of ChiChi’s Blooms.  “The students were able to take care of the paperwork for me and advise me on the first steps.  Now we have an official name and business entity, which opens up other possibilities for sales in the US.

“Being a nonprofit corporation will enable us to expand to stores in the US that sell fair trade items, and to internet markets like Etsy, and I am so thankful that what was a small project has now become a corporation.”

Under the direction of Associate Professor Jaclyn Cherry, the Nonprofit Organizations Clinic has helped over 100 unique clients over the past six years. And while it’s not unheard of for the clinic to handle international clients, three at one time was a bit unusual.

“It provides a bit more of a challenge, that’s for sure. Not only are you not in the same room with the client, you’re not even in the same time zone,” said Cherry. “But thanks to technology, we were able to connect with them wherever they were, using tools like Skype and email.”

Students in the clinic focus primarily on transactional law. They work with clients providing a wide range of services, whether it’s becoming incorporated, drafting bylaws or contracts, preparing 501(c)(3) applications, or attending board meetings. But regardless of the service, the goal is always the same: helping these organizations make a difference in the world.

“The program is very fulfilling. We are able to help [our clients] with their organizational structures and prepare documents so that they can function legally and carry out their missions of benefitting the communities they serve,” said Cherry. “It’s a global world now and thanks to the opportunities this clinic provides, our students are able to use their legal education and skills throughout the world to reach ours and the greater community.”

Partnership with Gray’s Inn provides once-in-a-lifetime experiences

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For over a decade now, USC Law has continuously grown and strengthened its relationship with the Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn, one of England’s four Inns of Court. But how does this partnership help students prepare for their careers? Class of 2014 alumna Brooke Eaves reflects on the lessons she learned from her participation in the Moot Court competition against Gray’s Inn, hosted here at USC Law last fall:

“Spending time with the Moot Court Team from Gray’s Inn during the week of September 11, 2013, was an amazing learning experience. During their stay in Columbia, SC, I had the opportunity to take the Gray’s Inn Team out to lunch and dinner along with other USC Moot Court Members. Throughout our meals together we discussed the legal system in London and the Gray’s Inn team members were particularly intrigued by the “Po’ Boy” sandwich.

My partner, Rashad Pendarvis, and I argued against Jamie Scott and Amy Stout from the Gray’s Inn team in the Moot Court Competition at the USC School of Law. Our competition problem was based on English law, which gave me the opportunity to learn about their laws and legal system. Specifically, my legal arguments were largely based on the Human Rights Act which is the United Kingdom’s equivalent to the United States Constitution.

During this competition, we presented our case before Associate Justice Costa M. Pleicones of the South Carolina Supreme Court, Chief Judge John C. Few of the South Carolina Court of Appeals, and The Honourable Justice Dame Davies of the High Court in London.

BrookeEaves-2The opportunity to argue before these Honourable Judges as a law student was truly a once in a lifetime experience that tremendously improved my oral argument skills. Moreover, the judges gave us invaluable feedback and tips which have greatly enhanced our abilities as oral advocates.

In addition, I was recently hired to become an Associate Attorney at the Maguire Law Firm in Myrtle Beach, SC. During my interview with the Maguire Law Firm, I was able to share my experience in the Gray’s Inn Moot Court Competition and I believe that the skills I further developed through this competition will help me to serve as an effective oral advocate for my clients at the Maguire Law Firm.

The Gray’s Inn Moot Court Competition was open to the public and all Moot Court alumni members of the USC School of Law were invited to attend. After the event, I had the pleasure of speaking with several alumni members and South Carolina Judges who found the competition to be an impressive representation of the USC School of Law’s Moot Court Team. The relationship between the USC School of Law and Gray’s Inn has been very beneficial to my legal education and I am very appreciative of the dedication that Professor McWilliams and Professor Bockman have displayed in their support of these unique educational opportunities with Gray’s Inn.”