Four University of South Carolina School of Law professors were awarded tenure by the University of South Carolina Board of Trustees on June 17–with three of those also receiving a promotion to the rank of associate professor.
Josie F. Brown, a Harvard Law graduate, joined the Law School on a full time basis in 2004 after serving as an adjunct professor since 1998. While at the Law School, she has taught Constitutional Law as well as several elective courses, including Constitutional Issues in Public Education, Women and the Law, and Race, Education and the Constitution: A Legal History of Brown v. Board of Education.
In addition to teaching, Brown serves as the co-executive editor of the Journal of Law & Education. Her research focuses on the constitutional rights of children and children’s experience of citizenship in American public schools.
Jaclyn F. Cherry came to USC Law in 2008 from Duquesne University School of Law, where she also received her JD. She quickly established the Nonprofit Organizations Clinic course, providing legal services to approximately 20 nonprofit organizations throughout South Carolina, and is a founding partner of the South Carolina Volunteer Lawyer for the Arts. More recently, she created the Small Business Capstone course, along with several prominent South Carolina lawyers, providing third-year, second-semester law students with intense study and a practical skills focus in the area of transactional law.
In May, Cherry was appointed to be a reporter for the American Law Institute’s “Principles of the Law of Charitable Nonprofit Organizations,” project. She has served as an editor for the project since 2011 and was elected to become a member of ALI in 2012. Read more about her appointment here.
Benjamin Means moved from New York City to Columbia to join the USC Law faculty in 2008. While in New York, he practiced law at Davis Polk & Wardwell and Satterlee Stephens Burke & Burke LLP, representing clients such as JPMorgan Chase Bank, Moody’s Investors Service, and National Geographic. Now Means passes his corporate law knowledge onto students, teaching Business Corporations, Business Crime, and Mergers & Acquisitions, as well as a seminar on Liberty Theory.
His most recent publication, Non-Market Values in Family Businesses, 54 Wm. & Mary L. Rev. 1185 (2013), was selected for presentation at the 2012 Junior Faculty Forum cosponsored by Harvard, Stanford, and Yale law schools.
The fourth tenure position was given to Elizabeth Chambliss who will begin teaching this fall at the rank of professor, and will also be the new director of USC Law’s Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough Center on Professionalism.
Chambliss was a professor of law at New York Law School where she has taught since 2004. Her most current scholarship focuses on the future of legal education, and the emergence of new organizational models for law schools in the U.S. and abroad.
She was a principal organizer of Future Ed, a year-long contest of ideas for innovation in legal education, co-hosted by New York Law School and Harvard Law School, and a founding faculty leader of Law Without Walls, a global consortium of lawyers and educators committed to fostering innovation in legal education and practice.