Articles Worth Reading


For your information needs and reading pleasure, check out the following articles:

  1. ABA and Jones Day to Launch Legal Website for Veterans;
  2. As New Presidential Initiative, ABA Commission to Develop Roadmap to Rethink Legal Education;
  3. Attorney Safety:  An Interview with Stephen Kelson;
  4. Can Employees Like Those Who Participated in “Unite the Right” in Charlottesville Be Fired?;
  5. Can Your Lawyer Be a White Supremacist?;
  6. Davis Wright Beefs Up First Amendment Group Amid “Fake News” Attacks;
  7. Google Docs Adds a Ton of New Editing Features, Including Suggestions from Your Phone;
  8. How Client Rate Pressures Have Changed Rainmaking;
  9. Lawyers Would Have to Provide More Trust Account Information in Measure Passed by the ABA House;
  10. Tech Giants File Amici Brief in Supreme Court Case Over Cellphone Data;
  11. Trying to Train and Retain the Millennial Attorney;
  12. “Uncharted Waters” for First Amendment in Trump Twitter Suit?;
  13. What Do We Mean When We Talk About Legal Research?;
  14. Was Charlottesville Domestic Terrorism?  This Law Firm Says It Was; and
  15. US Law Schools:  Looking for Answers in All the Wrong Places.

Happy reading!


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Law Library During Solar Eclipse


The Charleston School of Law’s Sol Blatt Jr. Law Library will be open for regular operating hours this weekend, August 19th – 20th.  The library, along with the law school, will be closed for the solar eclipse, on Monday, August 21st.  Regular operating hours resume on Tuesday, August 22nd.  Enjoy the eclipse but stay safe!

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Charleston and the 8/21/2017 Solar Eclipse


On Monday, August 21st, the continental United States will experience a total solar eclipse.  According to NASA, “…[o]n Monday, August 21, 2017, all of North America will be treated to an eclipse of the sun. Anyone within the path of totality can see one of nature’s most awe-inspiring sights – a total solar eclipse. This path, where the moon will completely cover the sun and the sun’s tenuous atmosphere – the corona – can be seen, will stretch from Lincoln Beach, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina. Observers outside this path will still see a partial solar eclipse where the moon covers part of the sun’s disk.”

Because Charleston is one of the named viewing areas, many tourists are expected. Estimates range from thousands to a million.  Whatever the number, more people and more cars will make traffic very slow.  Getting around the peninsula will be difficult.  Consequently, the law school’s first day of classes has been postponed to Tuesday, August 22nd.  The library, along with the law school, will be closed.

If you aren’t reading and preparing for classes, there will be eclipse events and parties. NASA will be broadcasting live from the College of Charleston’s Rivers Green area, directly behind the Addlestone Library.  There will be eclipse parties and events at the MUSC Health Stadium on Daniel Island, the Citadel Mall, Folly Beach’s Pier, Vendue Rooftop, Edmund’s Oast, Patriot’s Point, and Morris Island.  Charleston Magazine has a detailed list of where to view the eclipse and events leading up to it.  Check it out here.

Safety glasses are a must.

Playlists can be found here.

In Charleston, the partial eclipse should begin at 1:17 p.m. and end at 4:10.  The total eclipse will occur at 2:46 p.m. and end at 2:48 p.m.


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Articles Worth Reading


For your information needs and reading pleasure, check out the following articles:

  1. 4 Skills That Lead Associates to Success;
  2. 360 Degree Advocacy:  Engage Stakeholders in What Libraries Really Deliver;
  3. An Alternative Approach to Law School Examinations;
  4. Beyond Best Practices:  Lessons from Tina Stark About the First Day of Class;
  5. Can An Employer Fire a White Supremacist?
  6. Federal Judge’s Incentive Gives Women Lawyers More Speaking Roles in Court;
  7. Incoming ABA President Hilarie Bass Touts Lawyers’ Role in Protecting Democracy;
  8. It’s Time to Improve Voir Dire in Federal Court;
  9. How to Create a Strong Password;
  10. Leading Effectively When You Inherit a Mess;
  11. Meet the Attorney Appointed to Defend Accused Charlottesville Attacker;
  12. New “Great Gatsby” Inspired Dating App Screens Users’ Criminal Histories;
  13. Policy Careers an Option for Law School Grads;
  14. Quinn Emanuel Fired Uber, Citing Fixed Fee Rates That Aren’t “Financially Viable”;
  15. Social Media in Litigation:  Opposition Research;
  16. The Historic and Crucial Lessons of the Violent Protests in Charlottesville; and
  17. Top 5 Tools for Your E-Discovery Survival Kit.

Happy reading!

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Congratulations to CSOL Alumni!


Congratulations to CSOL alums Jeff Yungman and Aliecia Bores!

Jeff Yungman was recently profiled in the ABA Journal about One80 Place.  According to the article “…[t]he Homeless Justice Project provides civil legal services to homeless veterans, individuals and families, making One80 Place one of the few shelters in the country that has daily legal assistance on-site.  In his mid-60s, Yungman sees this as the greatest achievement of his life. But it was hardly a straight path to this success.  Yungman started his career as a street cop in New Orleans. He loved the city, and he loved his job. Somewhere along the line, though, he realized that he cared more about social justice than about criminal justice. So he went back to school. A couple of years later, Yungman graduated from Tulane University with master’s degrees in social work and public health. He focused on child protection and homeless youths before moving to Charleston with his family. Years later, Yungman was clinical director at One80 Place when he heard that a new law school specializing in public law was opening in Charleston. One80 Place provided clients with strong support in social services but had no access to free legal services—something Yungman knew a sizable portion of his clients needed.  At age 52, he began studying at the Charleston School of Law. Then as a 2L, Yungman and the dean of students, Abby Edwards Saunders, opened the school’s first legal clinic—at One80 Place.  After bar admittance, Yungman worked as clinical director at the shelter and provided legal services until 2008, when a grant from the South Carolina Bar Foundation led to the founding of the Homeless Justice Project and Yungman’s full-time employment as a lawyer.”

2014 CSOL alum, Aliecia M. Bores of the Finkel Law Firm, was recently “…awarded the South Carolina Bar Young Lawyers Division (YLD) President’s Award. This award honors Ms. Bores’ service and leadership in the legal profession among her YLD peers.”

Congratulations Jeff and Aliecia!

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South Carolina Supreme Court Opinion

125px-SCSupreme_CourtSealOn Wednesday, August 2, 2017, the South Carolina Supreme Court published one opinion: Protestant Episcopal Church v. Episcopal Church, was an appeal arising from a circuit court order holding that the Appellants have no legal or equitable interests in certain real and personal property located in South Carolina and enjoining the Appellants from utilizing certain disputed marks and names, the S.C. Supreme Court reversed the circuit court order as to 29 parishes and affirmed as to the remaining parishes.

The Court held, inter alia, that: (1) the circuit court erred in allowing itself to become entangled in the questions of which competing claimant was the true successor of the Lower Diocese. TEC has recognized the Associated Diocese to be the true Lower Diocese of South Carolina with Bishop vonRosenburg as its head; therefore, a civil court cannot inject itself into this church governance dispute and reevaluate that decision applying state principles because this is a question of church polity, administration and governance, matters into which civil courts may not intrude; and (2) it would reverse the injunctive relief granted by the trial court.

The Court found that in light of the evidence of confusion created by the Respondents’ use of the term ‘episcopal,’ with TEC’s federally-registered trademarks, which include “The Episcopal Church” and “The Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America,” state law dictates that the Appellants’ right to these marks is superior and that therefore, the Respondents’ state marks must be cancelled.

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Opinion from the South Carolina Court of Appeals

Court of AppealsOn August 2, 2017, the Court published four opinions:

In John Doe 2 v. The Citadel, i n this appeal arising from a civil matter, the S.C. Court of Appeals affirmed the circuit court’s grant of summary judgment to Respondent.

The Court found that, as it relates to any failure to respond after the April 2007 allegations, Respondent’s purported failure to intervene did not create a risk of harm to Appellant when Appellant was already exposed to ReVille’s abuse. The Court also found that Appellant failed to prove Respondent owed him a statutorily-created duty. Appellant was never a student nor a participant in any educational program at The Citadel; therefore, he is not a member of the class of persons Title IX intends to protect. In addition, the Court upheld the circuit court’s finding on Appellant’s outrage claim because Appellant did not present any evidence that Respondent directed any tortious conduct specifically toward him.

In Ashburn v. Rogers, in this appeal arising from a family court order denying Appellant relief from a previous order of paternity that found him to be the father of minor child E.A., the court reversed the order of the family court. The Court found that relief from the previous order establishing paternity is warranted because the policies that support upholding paternity based on finality are not implicated in the present case.

In State v. Brown, in this appeal arising from a criminal case in which the circuit court found the statement of the victim inadmissible as a dying declaration exception to hearsay, the court affirmed the circuit court’s decision. The court found the record contains evidence to support the circuit court’s finding that Goodwin’s statement to Detective Fleming was inadmissible hearsay because it did not meet the dying declaration exception. Neither the medical records nor the other evidence in the case demonstrates that the victim was aware of his imminent death when he made the identifying statement.

In The Oaks at Rivers Edge v. Daniel Island Riverside, In this appeal arising from a case regarding defective construction, the court affirmed the trial court’s award of damages to Respondents. The court affirmed the trial court’s denial of Appellants’ motion for setoff of the amounts received by Respondents in prior settlements. The court agreed with Respondents that Appellants already received the benefit of the settlements. In addition, the court held that the trial court did not err in awarding Respondents damages for both loss of access to the market and the cost of repairs. Respondents suffered two separate injuries with two different sets of damages; therefore, the award did not constitute a double recovery as argued by Appellants.

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