Prof. Gaines named new director of Clinical Legal Education
Professor Kenneth W. Gaines was named the new director of Clinical Legal Education in January 2016. Gaines has taught the Criminal Practice Clinic at the School of Law since 1991, and Advanced Trial Advocacy since 2000. He joined the faculty as an assistant dean and lecturer in law in 1978, and has held numerous leadership positions both within the School of Law and in the Columbia legal community. Learn more
Pamela Robinson Receives Leadership in Law Award Pamela D. Robinson, director of the Pro Bono Program, was selected as an honoree for the 2016 South Carolina Leadership in Law Awards by South Carolina Lawyers Weekly. Robinson created the Pro Bono Program in 1989, and it has since developed into an integral part of this law school's culture. Learn more
Nelson: Honor King's legacy by honoring education
In her recent op-ed in The State newspaper, Professor Eboni Nelson focused on how Martin Luther King Jr.'s emphasis on education is the key to realizing his dream, stating that "racial equality is inextricably intertwined with economic equality, and educational equality serves as the foundation for both." Read more
Free tax preparation assistance for low income and elderly community For the 24th year, certified volunteer law students at the School of Law will provide tax assistance to the low income and elderly communities. From February 13 to March 26, tax returns will be prepared on Wednesdays between 5:30–8:00 p.m. and Saturdays between 9 a.m.–12:00 p.m. in the law school lobby."
Alumna receives 2016 Clyde Ferguson Award from AALS
Alumna Catherine E. Smith (1996), Associate Dean of Institutional Diversity and Inclusiveness at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, received the 2016 Clyde Ferguson Award in December 2015. Given by the American Association of Law Schools Minority Groups Section, the award annually recognizes a law professor who has excelled in the areas of public service, teaching, and scholarship.
Constitutional Scholars Pipeline brings law to life
The School of Law's Constitutional Scholars Pipeline Program pairs seventh and eighth graders with USC law students who teach them about the law and coach them for a moot court. Started in 2013 as part of a Liberty Fellowship by former associate dean Danielle Holley-Walker, the service program is now run by professor Claire Raj.