Obama v. the Constitution

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Obama vs. the Constitution

By Ilya Shapiro, Senior Fellow in Constitutional Studies, Cato Institute

Featuring commentary by Professor Ned Snow

TodayTuesday, October 27

12:40 in Room 138


Food Drive Time

It is time for the “Best Class Food Drive”  A friendly competition between the 3 classes based on poundage!
The Food Drive week is Nov. 2-6th kicking off with the very popular “Hunger is NOT a (Crock) Pot”  For $5 you get a spoon, cup and a chance to taste a multitude of soups.  Nov. , Lobby, 12-1:30.  Like to cook and want to enter a crockpot of soup to win a prize?  Happy to have you join in this effort to raise funds for the Harvest Hope Food Bank Backpack Project!  Just let the Pro Bono Program know so we will have space for you!
Watch for signs and updates on the Food Drive!
especially the “35 Boxes for the 35th Anniversary of Harvest Hope Food Bank”

SELS Raffle and Lunch

The Sports and Entertainment Society is running a fundraiser for the next two weeks. We have put together two prize raffles that we hope you will find worthy.

Raffle #1:
Personalized, Autographed Basketball from USC Men’s Basketball Coach Frank Martin
Cost to enter, $3


Raffle #2:
Tickets and “Backstage” Passes to Memphis v. South Carolina, MBB
Saturday, January 2
Includes free tickets, a tour of the facilities, and a chance to watch pregame warm-ups
Cost to enter, $3


You can purchase tickets to both raffles for $5

Tickets will be sold in the Law School Lobby starting today, Monday, Oct 26, through next Thursday, Nov 5. Winners will be drawn after our lunch presentation of the Bryan Brothers, two professional golfers made famous for their trick shot videos (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=22bwppdUZaY). All proceeds from these raffles will go back into the SELS and be used to help further our group and our missions. Thank you.


Get excited for Monster’s Ball!!! Check out the Eventbrite for all of the SPOOKTACULAR details!!!
Monster’s Ball
Join the Student Bar Association for our annual Monsters’ Ball October 30! The event will be held at The Cotton Gin in Five Points.  Tickets include admission and alcohol. The event begins at 8:00 and ends at 12:00.  We will have a DJ and a costume contest! We hope to see you there!


Good Deed Friday, Oct. 16th

The Pro Bono Program has set up a Good Deed Friday for this coming Friday, Oct 16th from 1-3 at Harvest Hope Food Bank.  The public has responded to the call for donations after the historic flood and now they need amazing teams of volunteers to sort, stack and pack food to distribute to those most in need.  Remember HHFB serves a 20 county area plus hundreds of local agencies and organizations such as soup kitchens.

The USC School of Law Pro Bono Program is an awesome team!  To join us on Friday just send a message to mailto:Robinspd@law.sc.edu or mailto:Phillip Martin

Last word! No open toed shoes or short shorts!

All SBA Band Party Info!

When: Friday, September 25, 2015; 6:00 pm – 12:00 am

Where: Conquest Brewery, 947 S. Stadium Road Columbia, SC 29201

What the heck am I paying for?: 

There will be three amazing food trucks (Wurst Wagen, Belgian Waffle Truck, and Wings & Ale – GOOD NEWS! There will be vegetarian and gluten-free options available), all you can drink beer including a specially brewed pale ale called “Legally Blonde” just for us! We will also have some wine on hand for those of you who prefer that, and of course a performance from an amazing band, The Groove Merchants

How much is it?: 

If you are a member of SBA, which I encourage you to be, the price is $20.00

If you are not a member of SBA, which I hope you will be soon, the price is $25.00

If you are not planning to eat and not drink the beer, the price is only $10.00

The day of, the ticket price is $35.00.

Where do I get tickets?: 

Please go to the following link to purchase your band party ticket before 11:59 pm on Thursday, September 24, 2015. At this time, the ticket prices will go up to $35 dollars – be a smart shopper, buy now, and get a great deal on amazing beer, food, and a band! (You may also pay your dues for SBA on this link as well, and start taking advantage of the perks immediately)


T-shirt talk: 

There have been questions recently on the purchase of t-shirts so here is a little run-down on the procedures:

After choosing how many tickets you want on the eventbrite page and pressing the green “order now” button, you will be taken to a screen where you can fill out your billing information. At the bottom of this screen there is a place to order shirts under a section titled “Additional Items”. Here you can select your size and quantity for your shirt.

If you have already purchased your ticket and didn’t realize how much you loved the shirts, you may put a check in my box (Hayley Crosby) for $18.00. Please make your check out to “USC Law SBA”. Somewhere on the check, or on an additional paper, please put the size and quantity of the shirts that you are ordering.

Although the t-shirt proof on the eventbrite is almost exactly what is featured on the final proof, it varies slightly, so I have attached a picture of what the shirt will look in its final form

Some random FAQs:

Can I buy my band party with a check, pretty please, I don’t want to pay the convenience fee?

Unfortunately, no. However, fortunately, the fee is less than $3 dollars no matter which kind of ticket you purchase

Will there be soda/other non-alcoholic beverages?

We have requested that the food trucks bring some of these items such as soda, lemonade, waters, etc.

Can I buy a t-shirt even if I’m not going to the event?

Of course! Please place a check for $18.00 in my (Hayley Crosby) box

Why should I go?

Last years band party was a major success. Conquest has agreed to make way more of the Legally Blonde brew this year because it was such a hit last year. The food trucks are highly sought after in Columbia when choosing where to eat, and the band is going to be a blast. It’s also a great way to get to know people for those of you who haven’t had much time to socialize this year!

Can non-law students come?

We encourage you to bring your family, significant other, and a friend if you would like! Last year alumni and students parents came, and it is always fun watching parents dance to a cover band. Please purchase these participants a “Non-SBA” member ticket, even if you are in SBA yourself

If you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to contact me, or anyone else on SBA.

My phone number is 904-537-0483 or shoot me an email at crosbyhl@email.sc.edu

On behalf of myself and everyone on exec, we are so excited to see all of you there!

Hayley Crosby

Spring Externship opportunities

Hi all!  I wanted to let you know about two more externship possibilities for the spring.  The SC Department of Education is looking to have an extern as well as the US Postal Inspection Service.  I am happy to discuss these potential options as well as any others you are interested in!


Megan Seiner

NCAA Postgraduate Internship deadline

Hi all!

Just a heads up that the NCAA Postgraduate Internship program application is much earlier this year.  Applications are due this Friday, September 25, 2015.

If you are interested in the program, please let me know and I will be happy to give you more details.


Megan Seiner

What is an Externship and How do I get one?

Externships are a great way for students to get real practical experience working side by side with a lawyer or judge.

I welcome individual meetings with students to talk about different opportunities with in-house counsel, judges, government attorneys, criminal law attorneys, and many more.

I’m also happy to meet with any student organization that would like to learn about how their members can participate.




Here is the Eventbrite link to join SBA!


Ag Law! Not just for Clemson Grads

Attn; trial lawyers, the American Agricultural Law Association’s Annual Education Symposium will  be in Charleston on October 21-23. In the past students primarily from midwestern law schools, such as University of Arkansas, Ohio State University, Oklahoma State, Nebraska and Drake have participated but we can change that! AALS’s home base is in Columbia, SC and their Executive Director is a USC grad!

If you want to learn more about Agricultural Law or Food Law, they have a very diverse agenda.  The keynote speaker Bill Marler is a nationally recognized litigator of foodborne illness and advocate of food safety which may be of interest to future trial attorneys and policy makers.

Contact Pam Robinson for more information

Federalist Society MOVIE NIGHT!!

“The Paper Chase”
The story of a struggling first-year law student – we’ve all been there!

We got together and decided we wanted to watch all of those “law school movies” our classmates and professors talk about. Then we thought maybe everyone else did too. So everyone is invited! You do not have to be a member of The Federalist Society to attend, but members do get perks.

Admission: Free
Concessions: Cash Only
Location: Law School Auditorium
Date: Wednesday, September 9, 2015
Time: 7:00PM

This fundraiser benefits the South Carolina School of Law Federalist Society.

To become a member of The Federalist Society, visit: www.fed-soc.org/members.

SELS Interest Meeting

The Sports and Entertainment Law Society will be hosting an interest meeting on Tuesday, September 8, at 12:40 in Room 230. We hope you can join us for lunch and our first meeting of what is expected to be an exciting year. Roll Tide, Southern Miss To The Top, and Go Cocks!

Week 1 Reminder

You have now survived the first full week of Law School! Congratulations!  Take a few moments and visit the 7th Incoming Student Community Service Blog http://serviceday.uofsclaw.org

All photos are loaded!  We hope this is a reminder of a fun afternoon and that now you will take the next step, sign up on TWEN for Pro Bono announcements; visit the Pro Bono Program website, check out the signs and VOLUNTEER!

See you soon

Women in Law Welcome Social

Women in Law and Mrs. Lisa Wilcox are hosting a Welcome Social for all 1Ls and Women in Law members. The Social will be held at Dean Wilcox’s Home (2810 Wheat Street) on Thursday, August 20th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. Please join us for an evening of hors d’oeuvres, refreshments, and socializing!

RSVP to uscwomeninlaw@gmail.com Tuesday, August 18, 2015 at 5:00pm.

See the Evite at http://www.punchbowl.com/parties/8b2c55425810cc4b2c51 .

We hope to see you there!


Welcome to law school!!! To celebrate the bright beginning of a new school year, come enjoy a back to school bash (aka 1L happy hour) at Jakes on Monday August 17th at 7:00pm!

SBA will also be co-sponsoring the Welcome Back Party with the law school at the McCutcheon House from 5:30-8:30pm on Friday August 21st!!

Can’t wait to see everyone there!!

Calls for GRITS in Texas!

Call for attendees!  The GRITS (Getting Radical in the South) Conference at the University of Texas Law School is coming! The conference is on October 30th & 31st and is focused on social justice issues in the south, and is a great opportunity for students to connect with practitioners and be a part of the dialogue shaping new progressive strategies for the future.
If you’d like to know more about registration and housing in Austin, please visit our website at gritsconference.org or email us at gritsconference@gmail.com.