A message from the Dean

COMMITTED TO EXCELLENCE

It’s been another tremendous year here at USC Law, and as we look into the near future, we know it will prove to only get better. I’m pleased to share with you just a few of the many highlights on the following pages. We remain cRob Wilcoxommitted to excellence in providing an unparalleled legal education to our students, preparing them for success outside of these walls. It starts with outstanding faculty, and not only are we continuing to attract top-notch candidates — including six new professors who will join us this fall — but our existing faculty are all making names for themselves. 

Colin Miller was voted Teacher of the Year by the student body this spring, and in July he was named associate dean for faculty development. Earlier this year, Josh Eagle was appointed the Solomon Blatt Professor of Law, becoming the law school’s newest endowed chair holder. And Susan Kuo — one of only 26 professors nationwide to be profiled in the book, “What the Best Law Teachers Do” — was recognized as USC’s best graduate teacher with the 2014 Michael J. Mungo Graduate Teaching Award. And while we will deeply miss Danielle Holley-Walker, our former associate dean for academic affairs, it speaks highly of the caliber of our faculty that she was named the new dean of Howard University School of Law. Her legacy will live on here, including a middle school mentoring program that you will learn about in this issue.

The “South Carolina Law Review” — whose hard work was recognized with a double-digit jump in the “Washington and Lee Law Journal” rankings — secured two ABA presidents as speakers during its symposium on the future of legal education, a subject near and dear to today’s students.

This spring, we added a new juvenile justice clinic, and this fall, we will celebrate 25 years of unique hands-on learning opportunities that have been created through our Pro Bono Program.

All of these accomplishments are being noticed, and I’m happy to say that our school climbed another five places in the “U.S. News & World Report” rankings. But we know it will go higher.

In fact, the most exciting news of all is this: On September 26, we will officially break ground and begin construction of our new building on Senate and Gervais streets! If all goes well, we expect to be in the building for our 150th anniversary in 2017. It’s a very busy time, but with so many positive things happening, I wouldn’t have it any other way. I hope you’ll agree that it’s never been a better time to be an alumnus of the University of South Carolina School of Law.

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Robert M. Wilcox Dean