AmeriBar Lunch Event

AmeriBar invites you to join us for an informational session on Tuesday, February 10 at 12:40pm in Room 230.  The event will feature a presentation about AmeriBar’s bar prep and MPRE prep products.  All attendees will receive a free MPRE prep book and lunch, as well as access to an online free MPRE class. If you have any questions, email AmeriBar’s campus representative, Julia Spitler, at stippler@email.sc.edu.

SALDF Meeting 2/4

SALDF will be meeting on 2/4/15 at 12:40 in room 135 to talk about this semester and leadership opportunities.  At the end of this semester, both the president and vice president positions will become available.  If you are interested in helping animals and an opportunity to head an organization, please join us!  Email Kensey Barrett at barretke@email.sc.edu if you have any questions or plan to attend.  Lunch will be served!

SC Bar Young Lawyers Division Diversity Clerkship

The deadline to apply for the SC Bar Young Lawyers Division Diversity Clerkship is Sunday, February 1st at 5:00 p.m.  Selected applicants will interview with participating employers for a six week summer clerkship on Saturday, February 28thfollowing the YLD Diversity Symposium. The application form is saved in the Resources / Document Library on Symplicity.  Please contact Jill Kunkle (kunklej@law.sc.edu) with questions.

Annual President’s Leadership Dialogue to feature Anne-Marie Slaughter Jan. 29

Anne-Marie Slaughter, a Princeton University professor and president and CEO of the New America Foundation, will be the guest speaker for the university’s annual President’s Leadership Dialogue Thursday, Jan. 29.

Slaughter was vaulted into the national spotlight for her article titled, “Why women still can’t have it all,” which appeared in 2012 in The Atlantic. It remains one of the magazine’s most read and shared articles to date. 

The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place 7 – 8:30 p.m. in the W.W. Hootie Johnson Performance Hall at the Darla Moore School of Business. It will feature a 30-minute talk by Slaughter titled, “Leading from the Center,” and a conversation on leadership with university President Harris Pastides followed by audience questions. Slaughter was the director of policy planning for the U.S. State Department and the dean of Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

Slaughter received her doctorate in international relations from Oxford and her law degree from Harvard, and she has taught at the University of Chicago and Harvard Law School.

For more information, contact Kirk Randazzo, director of the Carolina Leadership Initiative, at 803-777-6795 or randazzo@mailbox.sc.edu.

Lift a Hammer with Professor Stoughton

Join Professor Seth Stoughton at the Habitat ReStore on Feb 6th from 1-4 for Good Deed Friday! Professor Stoughton enjoys  construction and home repair and the Habitat ReStore is a favorite charity.  Not sure what the team of volunteers will be doing on the 6th but for sure it will involve construction material and will help support the mission of Habitat for Humanity.

Sign up in the Pro Bono office today or send a message to Robinspd@law.sc.edu to reserve your spot on the team

New USC Law Merchandise

Hey Everyone! I have attached a proof for the USC Law Columbia Embroidered Vest. Instead of ordering these through eventbrite, we are ordering them online through the design company. If you have any questions please email me at washer@email.sc.edu. Happy Ordering!

Product: Columbia Embroidered Vest
Price: $27.84.
Deadline to Order: Next Friday January 30th at 5pm. 
Link to Order: http://www.geneologie.com/…/AIsy0e_wLlxblJBShDuYayriPKr526z…
SO_UniversityofSouthCarolina_Vest_4 SO_UniversityofSouthCarolina_Quarterzip_4

Marketing Yourself

Join Women in Law Thursday, January 22 at 12:40pm in Room 135 to learn how to market yourself effectively.  Lunch will be served. This event will include a presentation by Brenda Stewart, the President of Stewart Marketing & Consulting, LLC, as well as free headshots for paid members.  Be on the lookout for our Facebook event for the most up to date information.  If you have any questions, please email us at uscwomeinlaw@gmail.com.

If you are not sure of your Women in Law membership status, please email us.  If you are interested in becoming a paid member of Women in Law, please bring cash or a check made out to Women in Law the day of the event.  The pricing for membership is listed below:

One year – $20
Two years – $30
Three years – $35

The following is more detailed information about the speaker, Brenda Stewart.  Brenda Stewart is the President of Stewart Marketing & Consulting.  Brenda brings more than thirty years of legal management experience to Stewart Marketing & Consulting. Her “inside knowledge” of law firm administration, management and marketing is combined with “outside perspective” to help a wide range of clients advance their strategic initiatives and goals. Having worked in such roles as Legal Administrator, Executive Director and most recently, Director of Marketing and Client Services for a southeast firm with 180 attorneys, she is intimately familiar with the challenges faced by law firms, management, director level employees, internal marketing departments and attorneys.

Brenda is a regular speaker for the South Carolina Bar, has presented for numerous associations across the Southeast. Brenda is the creator, moderator and key speaker for the SC Bar Rainmaking Boot Camp for Attorneys which has been presented the past three years. Brenda is also a faculty member for the South Carolina Bar Legal Ethics and Practice Program (LEAPP), a program designed by the South Carolina Bar to educate attorneys on efficient and ethical systems and procedures for office management.

She also serves as a non-lawyer member of the South Carolina Commission on Lawyer Conduct, a position that is appointed by the Supreme Court of South Carolina.  Other community/business volunteer work includes member of the Advisory Board for Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy Center for Entrepreneur Development, Board member of Justice Initiatives in Charlotte, NC, and member of Legal Marketing Association.

Stewart Marketing & Consulting provides strategic business development and marketing services, personal coaching and administrative training, to firms of any size (solo practitioners, individual attorneys, internal practice groups, marketing departments, and law firm management) across the southeast.

1L Brief Writing Workshop – Jan 21 @ 12:40, Room 138

Come pick up some helpful tips for writing your brief, as well as free lunch that’s NOT pizza.

All who attend will pick up 400 Lexis points (that’s $5+ in Amazon Dollars).

But wait, there’s more – THREE, count them 1-2-3 – 1Ls who attend will win 5000 (FIVE THOUSAND!!!) points!  We’ll hold the raffle at the end of the workshop so don’t miss out.  You MUST be present to win!

January 21, 2015 from 12:40 to 1:40 in Room 138

Have a Heart (In Feb at least!) First Friday Blitz

On Feb 6th from 2:30-5 special law student volunteers will join up with very special volunteer attorneys to tackle the backlog of questions posted to the SC Bar’s online Q & A program, www.SCLawAnswers.org.

This is a great networking opportunity and a chance to put your creative legal skills to great use.

We only have space for 5 students so first come-first served. This is the ultimate in experience!

Contact the Pro Bono Office now or lose the chance to show what you can do.

Faculty Auction January 29th!

Come out and support Phi Delta Phi and the Public Interest Law Society at the annual Faculty Auction! Professors and staff have generously offered their time and talents, so come out and bid on a dinner with Professors Stravitz and Medlin, a kickboxing class with Professor Stoughton, and much more!

Open bar and heavy hors d’oeuvres!

January 29th from 7-11 pm at EdVenture (across the parking lot from the State Museum).

Tickets are $25 if you order now! Tickets can be purchased at:

https://secure.touchnet.net/C21544_ustores/web/product_detail.jsp?PRODUCTID=141

Volunteer Advocacy Training

Prosecutor or public defender? If you think one of these areas of the law is in your future then you need to look for an edge.  The upcoming Volunteer Advocate Training co-sponsored by Sistercare and Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands is the perfect opportunity to get that edge.  The 24 hours of training is fairly extensive but will cover such topics as the judicial process, crisis intervention, providing emotional support, and information on domestic violence.  At the conclusion of the training volunteers must be able to work at least 10 hours per month during business hours.  This opportunity is open to both male and female volunteers.

Training starts on Sat. Jan. 31st.  Volunteer applications available in the Pro Bono Office.

Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium – Thursday Jan. 15th at 6PM

Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium – Thursday Jan. 15th at 6PM
The Hon. Matthew J. Perry Chapter of BLSA is hosting its annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Symposium this Thursday, January 15th at 6PM in the law school auditorium.

This year’s theme is “…And Justice for ALL – Making South Carolina a Safe and Just State.”

Mrs. Judi Gatson from WIS-TV serve as our moderator again this year, and we are honored to have a prestigious panel to discuss past and present issues of social justice.

This year’s panelists are:
Chief Justice Jean Toal – SC Supreme Court
Mayor Steve Benjamin – City of Columbia
Solicitor Dan Johnson – Fifth Judicial Circuit
Senator John Scott – SC State Senate
Dr. Seth Stoughton – Assistant Professor, USC School of Law

The event is free and open to the public. A reception will follow.

3L Spring Bar Preparation

Spring Bar Preparation Program 2015

Tuesdays & Wednesdays – Room 236, 12:40-1:40
Lunch is served on Tuesday

January 20, 21 –        Introduction to Bar Preparation

January 27, 28 –        Equity

February 3, 4    –      Domestic Relations

February 10, 11 –       Wills

February 17, 18 –       South Carolina and Federal Civil Procedure

February 24 –   Trusts and Probate

March 3, 4 –            Agency, Corporations, and Partnership

March 10, 11 –  Spring Break

March 17, 18 –   UCC Article 2

March 24, 25 –   UCC Articles 3, 4, & 9

March 31, April 1 –      Insurance

The Spring Bar Preparation Program is designed to be taken in addition to a commercial class in the summer, such as BarBri or Kaplan.  Since we are meeting over the lunch hour, lunch will be served on Tuesday.

Mr. Ruskell
Call or email for individual meetings – Office Hours 9-5, MTWTHF, Room 314
(803) 777-8115, Ruskell@law.sc.edu

Dogs in need!

SQ Rescue, a local shelter SALDF has helped the past few semesters, had some of their shelters destroyed in the storms over the weekend.  They need help building them and have come to us.  We plan on going over there this Saturday, January 10, 2015, at 1 p.m. and will probably work until at least 5.  We will meet at the law school at noon to carpool.

If you can only help for a few hours, you can follow us so you can leave whenever you need to.

Please let me know if you can help or have any questions via barretke@email.sc.edu.  I know they would greatly appreciate any help.  Thank you.

Kensey Barrett

2015 J. Woodrow Lewis Moot Court Competition Mandatory Interest Meetings

The J. Woodrow Lewis Competition is an annual appellate advocacy competition held in memory of The Hon. J. Woodrow Lewis, Chief Justice, Supreme Court of South Carolina.  Teams of two must draft a brief and participate in two rounds of oral argument.  The two final teams will argue before the S.C. Supreme Court, which will select the winning team and the best oralist.  Additionally, the winning team will receive $1,000, the runner-up team will receive $500 and the best oralist in the final round will receive $250.  The team that submits the “best brief” will receive $750.

All 2L and 3L students are eligible to compete.  You do not have to be a member of the Moot Court Bar.  You must attend ONE of the mandatory interest meetings that will take place on the following dates:

Tuesday,  January 13 at 12:40pm, Rm. 338 (lunch will be provided)

Wednesday, January 14 at 3:30pm, Rm. 338

Thursday, January 15 at 12:40pm, Rm. 338 (lunch will be provided)

We hope to see you there!  If you have any questions, contact Stacy Williams at stacy.ayers@gmail.com

End of Semester Party at Tin Roof!

The end of the semester party will be at Tin Roof on Friday, December 12, from 8:00 pm until 10:00 pm. Tin Roof will be offering $1 beer cans and $3 tall boys for anyone with a wristband. SBA members will get a wristband for free. Wristbands will cost $5 for non-SBA members. Hope to see everyone there!

Food Drive Extended

Breaking News

The Thanksgiving Turkey and all the trimmings have been granted a stay until 5pm on Thursday, November 20th in order for the entire Law School community to come to their rescue.  To lift the stay we simply need to raise 1 ton of canned food (or $2,000) for Harvest Hope Food Bank!  Yes the “Best Class Food Drive” has been extended to help meet the need!

This year Harvest Hope faces a huge problem, more people are in need of food and the shelves of donated items are emptying faster and faster.

Most people only go to the Food Bank 3-4 times a year but knowing it is there to help is what is important.  “My wife and I were a little ashamed, I’ll be honest. How do you ask someone for help with getting food? But they really understood our emergency and I felt like they cared for us.” – 27-year-old husband and father

We can’t solve the entire problem of hunger insecurity in SC but we can do our best and make a difference for many families.  No one wants the holiday season to be just a bowl a beans- everyone deserves turkey and all the trimmings!

All donations must be brought to the Pro Bono Program office by the deadline or the turkey is headed to the fryer!