New Issues in the Law School

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The University of South Carolina School of Law has announced a number of faculty changes for the 2022-2023 academic year. These changes include a new dean, a former federal jurist, an attorney who worked with Uber, a former president of the Oregon Bar Association, and a lawyer who is now CEO of American Fiduciary Services. Announcing the changes, Dean Brian Gallini explained that the school is “proud of the achievements of our outstanding students and faculty” and that the “college and law departments are excited to bring a broader diversity of voices to our campus.”

Professor Keith Cunningham-Parmeter, a criminal law expert, will join the American Law Institute as an assistant professor. He has a forthcoming article in UCLA Law Review and plans to conduct research on the Colombian courts. Assistant Professors Etienne Toussaint and Madalyn Wasilczuk will also join the law school as assistant professors.

Faculty in the Children’s Law Center are working to improve the protection of children in South Carolina. A new training space for the center will soon be completed. This will provide the center with a more modern space and increase the training opportunities for attorneys who work with children. In addition, a new Cybersecurity Legal Task Force will be formed to address threats to children’s rights.

Former governor of Oregon, Jim Averill, and his wife Pat Averill have made an estate gift of nearly $1 million to the University of South Carolina School of Law. The funds will support the curricular modernization and experiential learning programs of the law school. They will also enable the college to expand access to Alaskan students.

The school’s board of trustees has promoted ten professors across the university to tenure. Among them are former federal jurist Abby DeBorde, who is also a former president of the Oregon Bar Association; and former attorney and governor of California, Bennett Gore Jr. (both graduated from South Carolina Law). Also, former Oregon Attorney General John C. Few, who was born in South Carolina, returns as a professor at the law school.

Two Willamette Law business scholars earned promotions in March. David Friedman joined ISG’s legal department, and David Friedman will support The Standard Life Insurance Company. Bennett Gore will continue to lead the Veteran’s Legal Clinic. Another business scholar, Gabriel Parton Lee JD’16, anticipated going into labor law after graduation.

Other faculty changes include Professor Rohan Grey, who teaches land use and regulation of money. Karen Painter Randall, who is nationally recognized as an authority on cybersecurity, will be the new head of the Cybersecurity Legal Task Force at the law school.

Throughout the year, students will be offered a wide variety of programs to help them develop the skills they need to be successful lawyers. This includes an externship program and the Lawyers & Leadership seminar, which will prepare graduates to be leaders in the legal profession. Students are encouraged to take advantage of all the resources available to them.

As part of the celebration of Martin Luther King Day, School of Law faculty, alumni, and friends shared stories of racial injustice and discrimination. Judge Darleen Ortega, Megan Elizabeth Meier, and Derek Olson will be the speakers at the May 17 commencement exercises.

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