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12/6/13: White House official to deliver December commencement remarks

Release Date: 12/6/2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, Dec. 6, 2013
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White House official to deliver December commencement remarks
Former Professor John L. S. Simpkins to address 40 graduates

CHARLESTON, S.C., Dec. 6, 2013 -- John L .S. Simpkins, a former Charleston School of Law assistant professor who now is deputy general counsel of the White House Office of Management and Budget, will be the commencement speaker at the School’s December 15 graduation ceremony.

About 40 students are expected to graduate at the 2 p.m. commencement, which will be held at the Sottile Theatre, 44 George St., Charleston.

“From the day that John joined the law school’s faculty in 2005, he served as an inspiring mentor to scores of students eager to learn about the law,”President and Dean Andy Abrams said.  “It will be good to welcome him home for a well-deserved honorary degree.”

A native of Lexington, Simpkins is a widely-published scholar who joined the Administration earlier this year.  From August 2005 through May 2011, Simpkins taught constitutional and international law in Charleston and served as director of diversity initiatives at the School.  From June 2011 until this year, he was the School’s first law fellow on comparative constitutional law.

A former adviser to the S.C. Ethics Reform Commission, he was active in several state and local organizations while in Charleston.  Prior to joining the law school, Simpkins served as associate director of the Riley Institute at Furman University, where he also taught political science courses. 

Simpkins holds a bachelor’s degree from Harvard College.  He has a law degree and master’s degree in law from Duke University.  He is also a Liberty Fellow, Class of 2009.  He and his family live in the Washington, D.C., area.

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