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The University of South Carolina School of Law recently announced a new class of faculty members for the 2022-23 academic year. In addition to the news of a brand-new home, Professors Marino Tortorella & Boyle, Bennett Nelson, and John C. Few have been appointed to endowed chairs. They will join the School’s faculty in 14 locations throughout the Midlands.

Incoming law students will be joined by a team of peer mentors. Throughout the semester, they will work together to improve their legal skills. This includes practicing legal research and analysis, reading scholarly journals, and utilizing law library resources.

A new scholarship will be awarded to help improve the outcomes for domestic violence victims. The law school’s Children’s Law Center will also be renamed to honor alumna Chelsea Evans ’18.

For the past seven years, Seton Hall Law has been partnered with the Veterans Legal Clinic at the University of South Carolina School of Law. During the weekend of July 2 – 3, the clinic will open its doors to veterans and their families seeking free legal services. It will be located in a new, first-class teaching space.

Other new faculty include James Barton, JD ’15, who will be a teaching assistant in the Third Circuit Practice Course, and Jaclyn Cherry, who will be a teaching assistant in Fourth Circuit Practice. Both Barton and Cherry have worked in the field of civil litigation for many years. Currently, Cherry is a legal researcher at Wake Forest Law School, and Barton is a professor at the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

New databases, resources, and products have been added to the Lexis+ database. One of the latest releases is the Fact & Issue Finder. This search engine is now available with dockets, statutes, complaints, and publication status filters. Additionally, the Corporate Law Practice Center contains corporate materials, agency materials, and relevant regulations.

EBSCOhost offers the full text of thousands of business periodicals and legal publications. The database contains articles on a wide variety of subjects, including labor and employment, tax, and environmental law. These materials are organized by topic. The databases are password protected. EBSCOhost also provides abstracts of scholarly publications, reports, and company information.

Alysja Carlisle, a South Carolina Law student, has been given a scholarship to continue her education at the law school. She will receive her degree on August 17. Her family has supported her throughout her studies at the law school. Several of her peers have achieved high placements in Moot Court competitions. Some have even begun new student organizations at the school.

In addition to the specialized research databases, the School of Law has also introduced two new law review journals. The Practical Guidance Journal will feature a focus on the Dobbs decision. There is also a new civil litigation process map.

As the new building is completed, the School of Law will celebrate the opening of its new home with an event on November 7. This will be the fifth time the school has celebrated a new building. An event will also be held to recognize four of the school’s professors who have been working on books for the 2020 legislative session.