New Books with Charleston School of Law Professors as Authors and Characters


The Sol Blatt Jr. Law Library recently acquired two new titles authored by a Charleston School of Law professor and including a professor as a character in a book.

Professor Armand Derfner, Constitutional Law Scholar-in-Residence at the Charleston School of Law, recently published Voices of Civil Rights Lawyers.   Professor Derfner authored several chapters, including:

  • Growing Up in the Shadow of the Holocaust;
  • Miscegenation Comes to Mississippi;
  • Opening Up a Closed Society;
  • Doing a Little Time in Holly Springs; and
  • It Changed My Life:  Lawyers Constitutional Defense Committee in Mississippi.

Professor Derfner will be signing copies on Thursday, June 29th, at 6:00 p.m. at the Blue Bicycle.

The Bright Hour:  A Memoir of Living and Dying by Nina Riggs was recently posthumously published.  The Washington Post  reviewed the title, calling it “this year’s When Breath Becomes Air.”  Diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer while in her late 30s, Riggs described her journey of living and dying with cancer with courage, dignity, and grace.  Life with cancer, her husband, and her young sons became her new normal, and she wrote movingly of this acceptance.  She and Charleston’s former professor, Ginny Meeks, met at Duke while seeking treatment for triple negative breast cancer.  She spoke candidly of the support that she and Ginny provided each other throughout their treatment, laughingly referring to texts that the two sent to each other about a “…line of morbid prefab cancer patient thank-you cards to real and imaginary people.”    Her description of Ginny was real and made me smile.  I remember that one of Ginny’s last emails to our faculty was about this book, urging us to read it when published so that she’d know that we’d “…at least read one good book this summer.”

Check out these inspiring books in our faculty display case.

About Lisa Smith-Butler

Associate Professor of Law Charleston School of Law 385 Meeting St., Suite 322B Charleston, S.C. 29403 843.377.2144
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