New year means new title for five UofSCLaw faculty members

For five University of South Carolina School of Law faculty members, the New Year’s Eve countdown marked more than just the beginning of 2014. It also marked the first day of their promotion. Thomas Crocker, Susan Kuo, Eboni Nelson, Joel Samuels, and Joseph Seiner were all promoted to the rank of “Professor of Law” effective January 1.

ThomasCrockerThomas Crocker, Distinguished Professor of Law, joined the law faculty in the fall of 2005, and teaches Constitutional Law, Criminal Procedure, Free Speech and Democracy, National Security and the Constitution, as well as seminars in Jurisprudence and Law & Literature. He received his Juris Doctor from Yale, but also holds two masters degrees and a Ph.D. in philosophy. Crocker has several times been named a fellow, including at the University of Edinburgh and the Johann Goethe Universitat in Germany–where he was also a Senior Fulbright Scholar.  In 2013 he was named a “Breakthrough Star” by the USC Office of Research. His forthcoming book,Overcoming Necessity: Emergency, Constraint, and the Meanings of American Constitutionalism will be published by Yale University Press.

SUSAN KUOSusan Kuo came to USC Law in 2006, and teaches Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Conflict of Laws, and Law and Social Justice Seminar. She has been twice named “Outstanding Faculty Member” by the student body, but it’s not just the students who have taken notice. In 2013, Kuo was one of only 26 law professors nationwide selected for inclusion in the book, What the Best Law Teachers Do, published by Harvard University Press. She was also recently named the faculty winner of the USC 2014 Social Justice Award for her efforts to ensure that all individuals are treated fairly and are able to share equally in the benefits of society.

EBONI NELSONEboni Nelson, a Harvard Law graduate, began her career at USC Law in 2007. Before coming to USC, she taught at the Thurgood Marshall School of Law. Currently, her courses include Contracts, Commercial Law (Sales and Negotiable Instruments), Consumer Law, and Race, Class and Education. Nelson’s scholarly interests include issues related to education law and policy and the intersection of consumer law and education issues. She has been sought out by national media outlets including the Chronicle of Higher Education and the Wall Street Journal. Nelson is the Vice Chairperson of the South Carolina State Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. She is also a member of the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) Diversity Initiatives Committee.

JOEL SAMUELSJoel Samuels joined USC Law in 2004 and teaches Civil Procedure, International Litigation, Transnational Law, and Transnational Dispute Resolution. Since 2011, he has also served as the deputy director of USC’s Rule of Law Collaborative, where he regularly provides training to U.S. Government officials from the Department of Defense, the State Department and USAID on rule of law promotion. In 2013, he was selected to join an ABA delegation traveling to Cambodia to help rebuild the country’s judicial system. And his most recent article, The Story of United States v. Smith, America’s Most Important Piracy Case, explores details of a seminal maritime piracy decision by the U.S. Supreme Court, exposing aspects of that decision that had never before been discussed publicly.

JOSEPH SEINERJoseph Seiner became a USC Law faculty member in 2007, and teaches courses in labor and employment law, including Comparative Employment Discrimination Seminar, Employment Discrimination, Principles of Labor Law, Individual Employment Law, and ADR in Employment Law Workshop. He is a former appellate attorney with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in Washington, D.C., where he presented oral argument as lead counsel in the U.S. Court of Appeals in employment discrimination cases. Seiner has also been invited to to submit written testimony to committees in both the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives. His most recent article, Weathering Wal-Mart, will appear in a 2014 edition of the Notre Dame Law Review.

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