Charleston School of Law

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Andy Abrams

Dean Emeritus and Professor of Law

Andy Abrams

Dean Emeritus and Professor of Law
A seasoned college administrator prior to joining the Charleston School of Law in August 2005, Abrams served in a number of leadership roles at the College of Charleston, including provost, senior vice president for strategic planning and administration, and general counsel. He also was a tenured professor of legal studies. Prior to joining academia, Abrams was a trial lawyer in Greenville, his hometown. Abrams is an avid baseball fan. His team is the Brooklyn Dodgers, which he notes “hasn’t lost a game since 1957.” He also roots for the Boston Red Sox. <a role="button" href="https://works.bepress.com/andy_abrams/"> PUBLISHED WORK </a>

Aleatra Alexander

Professor of Law

Aleatra Alexander

Professor of Law
Aleatra P. Alexander joined the faculty of the Charleston School of Law in 2008 to teach property and insurance law. Prior to joining the Charleston School of Law, she was a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota Law School (2006-2007) and the University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law (2007-2008). Professor Alexander teaches and writes in the areas of Commercial Law, Real Estate Law, Tort Law, and Insurance Law. She has worked as Chief Corporate Counsel at MTV Associates II, L.L.C., a private corporation with diverse portfolio holdings, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Before joining MTV Associates II, L.L.C., she was an associate at the law firm of Holloway, Dobson, Bachman & Jennings, P.C. (now Holloway, Dobson & Bachman, P.C.) in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Professor Alexander is a member of the Oklahoma Bar Association and U.S. District for the Western District of Oklahoma. <h2><strong>Course Interests/Research/Teaching Areas</strong></h2> <ul> <li>Property</li> <li>Wills, Trusts and Estates</li> <li>Real Estate Transactions</li> <li>Commercial Real Estate Leasing</li> <li>Bankruptcy</li> <li>Disaster Law</li> <li>Insurance Law</li> </ul> <h2><strong>Education</strong></h2> <ul> <li>LL.M., University of California, Berkeley J.D.</li> <li>University of Oklahoma College of Law</li> <li>Oxford University</li> <li>Queen’s College</li> <li>Oxford, United Kingdom</li> <li>Summer Exchange Program B.A., Purdue University</li> </ul> <a role="button" href="https://works.bepress.com/aleatra_williams/"> PUBLISHED WORK </a>

Constance Anastopoulo

Associate Professor of Law

Constance Anastopoulo

Associate Professor of Law
<p>Prior to coming to the Charleston School of Law, Anastopoulo served as a senior litigator in the civil litigation division of the Charleston law firm, Anastopoulo & Clore, LLC where she managed the appellate practice for the firm. She was the lead counsel in the seminal case <em>Gaskins v. Southern Farm Bureau</em>, which was chosen one of the ten most important decisions in South Carolina by <em>S.C. Lawyer’s Weekly </em>in 2003.</p><p>In 2009, Anastopoulo authored the Amicus Curie Brief on behalf of the League of Women Voters of South Carolina in the case of <em>Segars-Andrews v. Judicial Merit Selection Commission, et al.</em>, which received national attention. She has also published articles on Insurance law, Torts, Privacy, and Professional Responsibility.</p><p>Anastopoulo has served on the Board of Directors of My Sister’s House, Inc., serves on the Advisory Board of the Women and Gender Studies Program at the College of Charleston, as Vice President of the League of Women Voters, and is past president of Daughters of Penelope Philanthropy.</p><p>In 2011, Anastopoulo was selected “Professor of the Year” by Charleston School of Law students.</p><p>She is a member of the S.C. Bar, the Charleston Bar Association, and the S.C. Women Lawyers Assoc. she is admitted to the S.C. Supreme Court, the S.C. Court of Appeals, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, and the U.S. District Court, 4<sup>th</sup> Circuit. She teaches primarily in the areas of Insurance and Torts, but also teaches Evidence and Professional Responsibility.</p><h3><strong>Course Interests/Research/Teaching Areas</strong></h3><ul><li>Torts</li><li>Litigation</li></ul> <a href="https://works.bepress.com/constance_anastopoulo/" role="button"> PUBLISHED WORK </a>

Ray Batla

Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law

Ray Batla

Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law
Professor Batla teaches a number of business law courses, including Business Associations, International Business Transactions, Drafting Contracts, Loan Agreements, and Acquisition Agreements, and International Transactions and Project Finance. <h2><strong>Work Experience</strong></h2> Batla spent over 40 years practicing law with the international law firm of Hogan Lovells and its predecessor Hogan & Hartson. Early in his career in the firm’s Washington. D. C. office, he specialized for several years in corporate and securities matters but later developed a practice in energy regulation. While partner in charge of the energy practice, he was lead counsel to major and independent oil and gas companies in successfully litigating billion dollar liability claims in numerous administrative and federal court cases. In 1990, he was appointed to a bipartisan National Endowment for Democracy delegation co-chaired by Sen. John McCain and Madeleine Albright to oversee the first free elections in Czechoslovakia in over 40 years. This assignment led to the founding of Hogan’s Prague office in 1991 and a practice as managing partner of that office handling dozens of privatizations, financings and international investments in the region through joint ventures and mergers and acquisitions. In 1993, Batla moved to the firm’s London office where he was resident until 2008, handling investment and financing transactions throughout Europe, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East, and European investments into the United States. Batla established Hogan’s first office in the Middle East in Abu Dhabi in 2008 where he was managing partner of that office in 2008-2009. During his 27 years as a partner in the firm, Batla served on the firm’s governing Executive Committee, and as Managing Partner for International Offices for six years overseeing Hogan’s international expansion to 14 offices throughout Europe, Asia, and Latin America. During his career, he closed joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, project financings, multilateral loan agreements and corporate financings worth many billions of dollars. He was lead counsel to a major communications company in the $ 2 billion dollar disposition of cellular telephony joint ventures in Poland, Hungary, and Russia, finance counsel to the $ 2.3 billion dollar, 3,000 km. gas pipeline project from Bolivia to Brazil led by Petrobras, and lead counsel to the Czech investors in the first significant project financing in Central and Eastern Europe closed without government guarantees or credit support, the $ 400 million dollar Kladno Electric Power project near Prague, Czech Republic. For many years, he was listed in the World’s Leading Lawyers in Project Finance, Legal 500 in the United Kingdom, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Law, and Who’s Who in Finance and Industry. He is the author of more than 30 articles and contributor to two books on energy law and project financing matters. After retiring from the Hogan Lovells partnership, Batla continued as Of Counsel to the firm and served two years as Chairman of the Pacific Rim Advisory Council, a network of 30 leading law firms from 23 countries with business interests in the Pacific rim, including preeminent firms from Japan, China, Hong Kong, India, Singapore, Thailand, South Korea, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, Peru, Colombia, Venezuela, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, the Netherlands, France, Canada, and the United States. He is a member of the bars of the United States Supreme Court, Texas, New York, and the District of Columbia, and is a Registered Foreign Lawyer with the Law Society of England and Wales. <h2><strong>Education</strong></h2> Batla received his J. D. with Honors from the University of Texas School of Law, where he served as Research Scholar on the Texas Law Review and was awarded the Order of Coif. He received his B. S. in Civil Engineering with Highest Honors from the University of Texas at Austin.

Katie Brown

Associate Dean for Information Resources

Katie Brown

Associate Dean for Information Resources
Brown’s research and scholarship are in the areas of intellectual property, acting skills for lawyers, law and literature, management and a variety of legal research related topics. She has taught specialized, beginner, and advanced legal research courses and seminar and doctrinal courses on, Legal Technology for Practice, Art of Advocacy, Contracts, and the research component of Legal Research and Writing. Ms. Brown has also previously served as an Adjunct Faculty member for the Meinder School of Business, Master of Science in Energy Legal Studies program in Oklahoma. She is a active member of the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL). Brown has participated in a variety of leadership roles throughout the Association chapters and special interest sections. Currently she is serving as the Chair of the Annual Meeting Program Committee for the 2020 AALL Annual Meeting in New Orleans. In 2011, she was honored to serve a three-year term on the AALL Executive Board. Before her law librarianship career, Brown was an acting instructor in Chicago. Currently, in her spare time, she serves as a WFTDA certified roller derby referee. <h2><strong>Course Interests/Research/Teaching Areas</strong></h2> <ul> <li>Contracts</li> <li>Legal Research</li> <li>Art of Lawyering</li> <li>Legal Technology for Practice</li> </ul> <h2><strong>Education:</strong></h2> <ul> <li>M.S. (LIS) Drexel University</li> <li>J.D. Seattle University Law School</li> <li>B.F.A. DePaul University</li> </ul> <a role="button" href="https://works.bepress.com/katie-brown/"> PUBLISHED WORK </a>

Larry Cunningham

Provost, Dean, and Professor of Law

Larry Cunningham

Provost, Dean, and Professor of Law
Dean Cunningham joined Charleston School of Law from St. John’s University School of Law, where he was a professor from 2008 to 2020 and served in several administrative posts, including Dean of Students, Associate Dean for Academics, Vice Dean, and the first Associate Dean for Assessment and Institutional Effectiveness. He received several teaching and service awards, including the University’s Outstanding Achievement Medal. As a professor, Dean Cunningham combines a mix of teaching styles, technology, assessments, and “flipped classroom” techniques to promote active learning. At Charleston School of Law, he teaches Evidence, a required course, where he draws on his experience in the courtroom. After clerking for a United States district judge, Dean Cunningham served as an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney in Alexandria, Virginia, where he was in charge of juvenile delinquency prosecutions and tried numerous cases to verdict. Later, he was an Assistant District Attorney in the Appeals Bureau of the Bronx District Attorney’s Office, where he also coordinated the office’s post-adjudication insanity review cases and served as an on-call homicide duty prosecutor. Dean Cunningham’s <a href="https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/cf_dev/AbsByAuth.cfm?per_id=393485">scholarship</a> includes research in higher education, criminal justice ethics, criminal procedure, appellate practice, juvenile justice, mental health law, and insurance law. He has been a frequent speaker on legal education and other topics before bar associations, law schools, and other organizations. His blog, <a href="http://www.lawschoolassessment.org/">Law School Assessment</a>, examines programmatic and classroom assessment in legal education, a topic that he speaks regularly on at national organizations and law schools. In June 2008, he testified before the United States Senate Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on the Constitution, on the legality of laptop searches at the international border. In 2016, Dean Cunningham was awarded a grant from the U.S. Fulbright Specialist Program to teach at the Royal University of Law and Economics in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Dean Cunningham received his J.D. magna cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center, where he was an Executive Editor of the Georgetown Law Journal’s Criminal Procedure Project, Executive Director of the Barristers’ Council, and was elected to the Order of the Coif. He graduated summa cum laude and valedictorian of John Jay College of Criminal Justice. In 2012, he received a Master Certificate in Strategic Organizational Leadership from Villanova University. He is a certified Six Sigma Green Belt (a process improvement methodology) and admitted to practice law in New York, Texas, and Virginia. He completed a Graduate Certificate in Higher Education Assessment and Institutional Research from Sam Houston State University in 2019. <a role="button" href="https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/cf_dev/AbsByAuth.cfm?per_id=393485"> PUBLISHED WORK </a> <a role="button" href="https://lawschoolassessment.org/"> LAW SCHOOL ASSESSMENT </a>

Kevin Eberle

Legal Research, Analysis and Writing Professor

Kevin Eberle

Legal Research, Analysis and Writing Professor
<h3>Course Interests/Research/Teaching Areas</h3> Legal Writing, Analysis and Research Commercial Litigation <h3>Education</h3> J.D., University of South Carolina School of Law; B.A., College of William and Mary <a role="button" href="https://works.bepress.com/kevin_eberle/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"> PUBLISHED WORK </a>

Debra Gammons

Director of the Office of Diversity Initiatives and Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law

Debra Gammons

Director of the Office of Diversity Initiatives and Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law
Debra J. Gammons joined the Charleston School of Law Faculty in January 2009 as the acting director of diversity initiatives (now the Director of the Office of Diversity Initiatives) and a Distinguished Visiting Professor. She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from the College of Charleston with a major in English, and her Juris Doctor from the University of South Carolina School of Law. Professor Gammons was President of Student Government and President of the Peer Mentor Association at the College of Charleston. She was a member of Omicron Delta Kappa and Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity. Upon graduation, Professor Gammons won the highest award given by The College (Bishop Robert Smith Award), the McConnell-Mood-Mohrmann Student Government Award, Lucille S. Whipper Award, and several other awards. She was President of the Student Bar in Law School and won several awards. In Law School, she also served as Associate Justice of the Moot Court Bar and President of the Public Interest Law Society, among serving in other organizations. Professor Gammons began practicing law in the Solicitor’s Office in Charleston. Before joining the Charleston School of Law, she served as Assistant City Attorney for Greenville, South Carolina for eleven years, where she prosecuted criminal cases and represented the City of Greenville in civil actions. While in Greenville, Professor Gammons served as President of the Greenville County Bar Association. In addition to serving as Assistant Solicitor and Assistant City Attorney, Professor Gammons has practiced and still practices in the private arena, litigating cases of medical malpractice, personal injury, child custody, divorces, and criminal defense; she has represented Plaintiffs and Defendants in civil cases. At Charleston School of Law, Professor Gammons teaches Criminal Law, Constitutional Law, Sex and Gender Issues and the Law, and Trial Advocacy. She also serves as the Director of the Office of Diversity Initiatives. She is a Certified Circuit Court Mediator. She is a Delegate in the South Carolina Bar House of Delegates. She has served as Trustee with the College of Charleston Board of Trustees and as Commissioner of the South Carolina Supreme Court Commission on Lawyer Conduct. She currently serves as President-Elect of the Charleston County Bar Association, Chairperson of Trinity Montessori School Board of Directors, Chairperson of the College of Charleston Friends of the Library Board, and a member of the College of Charleston Graduate School Advisory Board. <h2><strong>Course Interests/Research/Teaching Areas</strong></h2> <ul> <li>Constitutional Law</li> <li>Criminal Law</li> <li>Trial Advocacy</li> </ul> <h2><strong>Education</strong></h2> <ul> <li>J.D. University of South Carolina School of Law, 1997</li> <li>B.A. College of Charleston, 1992</li> </ul>

William Janssen

Professor of Law

William Janssen

Professor of Law
Janssen concentrated his practice in pharmaceutical, medical device, and mass torts defense and risk containment. In practice, he was involved in various high-profile drug and device cases, including the national diet drug (“fen-phen”) litigations, DES litigations, and myelographic contrast dye litigations. Both as a practitioner and in academia, he has spoken and written frequently on pharmaceutical and medical device law. Professor Janssen focuses his scholarship also on federal practice and procedure. He is an author of six national titles in this discipline. He is the sole author of <em>Federal Civil Procedure Logic Maps</em> (West 2d ed. 2012), a visual learning resource for federal civil procedure, and a co-author of four texts: <em>Practicing Civil Discovery</em> (Carolina 2020), a coursebook for civil discovery simulations; <em>A Student’s Guide to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure</em> (West, annually, 23rd ed. 2020), a rules book and study guide for students; <em>Mastering Multiple Choice – Federal Civil Procedure</em> (West 3d ed. 2018), a multiple choice practice tool; and the <em>Federal Civil Rules Handbook</em> (Thomson Reuters, annually, 28th ed. 2020), a national practitioner resource. The content of the <em>Handbook</em> is reprinted each year as Volume 12B of the national treatise, <em>Wright & Miller’s Federal Practice and Procedure</em> (Thomson Reuters 2020, annually). He is also a contributing author to <em>Rice’s Attorney-Client Privilege in the United States</em> (Thomson Reuters, annually, 2020), a leading treatise on the privilege. His seventh text, a practitioner’s discovery resource for new attorneys, is due to be published in 2021. In addition to these books, Professor Janssen is also the author of various journal articles, book chapters, and bar review materials on federal civil procedure, and has lectured widely on civil procedure topics. Professor Janssen’s scholarship also includes an emphasis on constitutional religious liberty and the Religion Clauses to the United States Constitution, an area of law in which he has written, spoken, and litigated. While a student at the American University’s Washington College of Law, Professor Janssen was the executive editor of the American University Law Review, a dean’s fellow, a moot court board member, an interschool moot court competitor, and the first-year moot court champion. After law school, he served as a law clerk to a federal district court judge (Hon. James McGirr Kelly, E.D. Pa.) and to a federal court of appeals judge (Hon. Joseph F. Weis, Jr., 3d Cir.). Before joining the Charleston School of Law faculty, Professor Janssen taught, while in active practice, as an adjunct instructor at Temple University School of Law for five academic terms and as an adjunct teaching business law at Saint Joseph’s University. <h2>Education</h2> J.D., Washington College of Law at American University B.A., magna cum laude, Saint Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, Pa. <h2>Course Interests/Research/Teaching Areas</h2> <ul> <li>Civil Procedure</li> <li>Products Liability</li> <li>Mass Torts</li> <li>Food and Drug Law</li> <li>First Amendment Law (Religion Clauses)</li> </ul> <a role="button" href="https://works.bepress.com/william_janssen/"> PUBLISHED WORK </a>

Margaret Lawton

Associate Dean of Academic Affairs/Professor of Law

Margaret Lawton

Associate Dean of Academic Affairs/Professor of Law
Margaret M. Lawton joined the Charleston School of Law in 2005. She teaches substantive criminal law and constitutional criminal procedure. Prior to coming to Charleston, she served on the faculty at the Appalachian School of Law, where she taught constitutional criminal procedure and trial advocacy. Following a clerkship with the Hon. Thomas A. Flannery of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, Lawton prosecuted criminal cases as an assistant U.S. Attorney in Washington, D.C. Lawton received her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, where she was a Public Interest Law Scholar and a member of the Order of the Coif. She also served as an editor of the <em>Georgetown Law Journal’s Criminal Procedure Project</em> and as a research assistant to Father Robert Drinan, a noted scholar of international human rights and legal ethics. In addition to co-authoring two books on South Carolina crimes and criminal procedure, Lawton has published articles on Fourth Amendment issues. She was named associate dean for academic affairs in August 2008. She became a full professor in 2012. <h2><strong>Course Interests/Research/Teaching Areas</strong></h2> <ul> <li>Constitutional Criminal Procedure</li> <li>Substantive Criminal Law</li> </ul> <a role="button" href="https://works.bepress.com/margaret_lawton/"> PUBLISHED WORK </a>

Paul Lund

Professor of Law

Paul Lund

Professor of Law
A former clerk to a federal appellate judge in Florida, Lund’s academic writings focus on the role and jurisdiction of federal courts. Prior to entering academia, his practice included representation of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation during the major period of bank and S&L failures in the late 1980s. <h2><strong>Education</strong></h2> <ul> <li>LL.M., Yale Law School J.D.</li> <li>Florida State University B.A.</li> <li>Florida State University</li> </ul> <h2><strong>Course Interests/Research/Teaching Areas</strong></h2> <ul> <li>Civil Procedure</li> <li>Contracts</li> <li>Federal Courts</li> <li>Evidence</li> <li>Equity</li> </ul> <a role="button" href="https://works.bepress.com/paul_lund/"> PUBLISHED WORK </a>

Dylan Malagrinò

Professor of Law

Dylan Malagrinò

Professor of Law
<p>Professor D.O. Malagrinò joined the faculty of the Charleston School of Law in 2017. Professor Malagrinò teaches Property I & II, Land Use, and Wills, Trusts & Estates, among other courses. Professor Malagrinò is on-leave from the Charleston School of Law for the 2021–22 academic year to serve on the faculty of Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles, California. Professor Malagrinò is licensed to practice law in the state courts of California and in the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Central Districts of California.</p><h2><strong>Legal Education</strong></h2><p>A law graduate of the University of San Diego School of Law and of the London School of Economics and Political Science, Professor Malagrinò joined the Charleston Law School after ten years of prior, full-time law teaching. In addition to the Charleston School of Law and Southwestern Law School, Professor Malagrinò has had full-time, law faculty appointments at the University of California at Davis and the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, among other schools. He has taught Property, Sports Law, Land Use, Wills, Trusts & Estates, Real Estate Development & Zoning, Eminent Domain & Takings, Antitrust, Negotiations, Entertainment Law, Criminal Procedure, Legal Anthropology, and Torts. Professor Malagrinò has been honored as the Professor of the Year in ten of the previous fourteen academic years.</p><h2><strong>Work Experience</strong></h2><p>Prior to academia, Professor Malagrinò spent six years in private practice as an attorney in San Diego, specializing in complex civil litigation including securities fraud and antitrust class actions. During that time, he prosecuted large class action lawsuits. In San Diego, Professor Malagrinò practiced persuasive law and motion writing and provided legal theory, analysis, and strategy for the purpose of litigation and appellate arguments. Selected career highlights include: Prosecuting and successfully settling on behalf of class clients <em>In re Electronic Data Systems Corporation Securities Litigation</em> in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas; prosecuting and successfully trying <em>United National Maintenance, Inc. v. San Diego Convention Center Corporation, Inc.</em> (Antitrust) in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California; and, managing intensive corporate client audits evaluating compliance with Securities and Exchange Commission regulations, and conducting in-depth analyses of historical stock option practices and advising corporate clients accordingly. Professor Malagrinò also testified at congressional hearings on behalf of the National Collegiate Athletics Association as an expert in prospective and collegiate student-athlete welfare. And, more recently, Professor Malagrinò was a Senior Attorney at a Texas-based Energy Resources law firm, where he provided counsel for the firm’s Real Property and Corporate law groups.</p><p>Professor Malagrinò is a passionate Property law instructor and a trained legal anthropologist. He values cross-disciplinary and comparative legal analysis, and integrates grass-roots research and broad theoretical ideas into practical, problem-solving uses. Professor Malagrinò is also a Sports Law expert in prospective and collegiate student-athlete welfare. Professor Malagrinò earned his undergraduate degree in Economics, International Relations, and Italian Language, Literature & Culture at Syracuse University, where he was an NCAA Division-1 varsity athlete in two sports (swimming and track), captaining the men’s swimming team.</p><p>Professor Malagrinò researches and writes in the areas of property law, comparative property law, law and anthropology, and sports law. His casebook, Land Use and Zoning Law 2e (Carolina Academic Press 2022) (with Robin Paul Malloy) comprehensively integrates issues of accessibility under the Americans with Disabilities Act and Land Use and Zoning Laws, addressing the complexities of aging in place and of disability in the context of local land regulation. His recent law review articles have explored private versus common law property regimes, arguing that greater use of common property approaches (such as use of land trusts) could lessen social exclusion from the right to property by making housing more affordable; have analyzed the different lenses through which law and anthropology view significant legal change; have critiqued—and offered modifications to—the NCAA’s current enforcement and sanctioning processes; have explored and offered amendments to federal law relating to state regulation of sports-betting industries; and, have advocated for more student-athlete opportunities in collegiate athletics. In media and journalism forums, he regularly publishes on housing issues, and on sports and the law.</p><p>Professor Malagrinò notes: “Often students comment on how demanding, confusing, or hard law school can be at times. I try to remind them, ‘Just because something is hard, doesn’t mean you can’t be great at it.’”</p><h2><strong>Selected Achievements</strong></h2><p>Ten-time Professor of the Year recipient, including 2020–21.</p><p>2021 recipient of the Order of the Silver Crescent by Governor Henry McMaster—the Order of the Silver Crescent is South Carolina’s highest civilian award for significant contributions, leadership, volunteerism, and lifelong influence within a region or community—awarded for contributions to legal education.</p><p>Advisory Board to the Journal of Law, Business & Ethics, <em>faculty peer reviewer</em>.</p> <a href="https://works.bepress.com/dylan-malagrino" role="button"> PUBLISHED WORK </a>

Jonathan A. Marcantel

Associate Professor of Law

Jonathan A. Marcantel

Associate Professor of Law
<p>Marcantel graduated from the College of Charleston, <em>cum laude</em>, with B.A.s in political science and history. Thereafter, Marcantel graduated, cum laude, from the University of South Carolina School of Law. While in law school, Marcantel interned for the Honorable Jean Hoefer Toal, Chief Justice of the South Carolina Supreme Court (ret.), and served as a research editor on the American Bar Association’s <em>Real Property, Probate & Trust Journal. </em></p><p>After law school, Marcantel clerked for the Honorable William L. Howard Sr., South Carolina Court of Appeals Judge (ret.). Subsequently he was an associate attorney at Finkel & Altman, LLC, where he was statewide local defense counsel for a variety of major, national financial institutions as well as exclusive statewide local defense counsel for an international software company.</p><p>Professor Marcantel’s scholarship interests include Contracts, Corporations, Payment Systems, Secured Transactions, and Consumer Protection Law.</p><h2><strong>Education</strong></h2><ul><li>J.D., cum laude, University of South Carolina School of Law</li><li>B.A., cum laude, College of Charleston</li></ul> <a href="https://works.bepress.com/jonathan_marcantel" role="button"> PUBLISHED WORK </a>

William Merkel

Associate Professor of Law

William Merkel

Associate Professor of Law
<p>He completed his J.D. at Columbia Law School in 1996 and then worked in appellate litigation with Wiley, Rein & Fielding in Washington, D.C. from 1997-1998. Merkel is the author, with the late Richard Uviller, of <em>The Militia and the Right to Arms, Or, How the Second Amendment Fell Silent</em> (Duke University Press, 2002). He taught American history at Oxford University from 2001-2003 and Comparative Introduction to American Law to foreign trained LL.M. students at Columbia Law School from 2003-2005. From 2005-2011, Merkel was an Associate Professor of Law at Washburn Law School in Topeka, Kansas, where he was named Professor of the Year by the graduating class in 2008. At Washburn, Merkel taught Constitutional Law I & II, Comparative Constitutional Law, Public International Law, and International Criminal Law and the Law of War. He received a doctorate in history from Oxford University in 2007.</p><p>Merkel has held visiting positions at the University of North Dakota School of Law in 2009 and at the University of South Carolina School of Law in 2011-12. In 2013 and 2014, Merkel taught The United States and the International Court of Justice in the Hague, Netherlands as part of the Charleston School of Law’s summer school consortium program administered by Stetson University School of Law. At the Charleston School of Law, Merkel continues to teach courses in Constitutional Law, International Law, Comparative Law, and Legal History. Merkel’s article “Jefferson’s Failed Anti-Slavery Proviso of 1784 and the Nascence of Free Soil Constitutionalism” was selected as the best submission in constitutional history by the Stanford/Yale Junior Faculty Forum in 2006. Merkel is in the process of revising his Oxford doctoral thesis “Race, Liberty, and Law: Thomas Jefferson and Slavery, 1770-1800” for publication as a book to be titled <em>Ambiguous Beginnings: Thomas Jefferson, Slavery, and the Foundations of American Constitutionalism</em>. Merkel has published numerous articles in journals including the <em>Chicago-Kent Law Review</em>, <em>Connecticut Law Review</em>, <em>Lewis and Clark Law Review</em>, <em>Santa Clara Law Review</em>, <em>Seton Hall Law Review</em>, <em>Rutgers Law Review</em>, and <em>Law and History Review</em>. His scholarship on the Second Amendment has been cited by many authors and jurists, including Justice Breyer in a dissenting opinion in <em>McDonald</em> v. <em>City of Chicago</em>.  In 2013, following the successful defense of his dissertation “The Second Amendment and the Constitutional Right to Self-Defense,” Merkel was awarded a J.S.D. degree by Columbia University.</p><p>Merkel is a member of the District of Columbia, New York, and United States Supreme Court Bars.</p><p>Education</p><ol><li>D. Phil. in history, Oxford University; J.D., J.S.D., Columbia Law School; B.A., Johns Hopkins University</li></ol><h3><strong>Course Interests/Research/Teaching Areas</strong></h3><ul><li>Constitutional Law</li><li>Public International Law</li><li>Use of Force and the Law of Armed Conflict</li><li>Comparative Law</li><li>Legal History</li></ul> <a href="https://works.bepress.com/william_merkel/" role="button"> PUBLISHED WORK </a>

Jennifer North

Legal Writing Professor

Jennifer North

Legal Writing Professor
<p>Prior to joining the Charleston School of Law, North was in private practice litigating business and maritime matters. While working toward an LL.M. degree in admiralty at Tulane Law School, she served as an editor on the <em>Maritime Law Journal.</em> While at Texas Wesleyan, she served as the managing editor for the <em>Law Review</em>.</p><p>Following graduation from Tulane University Law School, North was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps. While on active duty, she worked as a communications officer in Okinawa, Japan. North also trained recruits at MPRD Parris Island, S.C., where she was promoted to captain.</p><h3><strong>Education</strong></h3><ul><li>LL.M., Tulane University Law School</li><li>J.D., cum laude, Texas Wesleyan University School of Law</li><li>B.A., Tulane University</li></ul><h3><strong>Course Interests/Research/Teaching Areas</strong></h3><ul><li>Legal Research, Analysis and Writing</li><li>Admiralty</li></ul> <a href="https://works.bepress.com/jennifer_north/" role="button"> PUBLISHED WORK </a>

Jay Paskan

Legal Research, Analysis and Writing Professor

Jay Paskan

Legal Research, Analysis and Writing Professor
<p>Paskan is currently a Visiting Professor of Law. Prior to joining the Charleston School of Law, Professor Paskan worked in Cleveland, Ohio as a Medical Malpractice Defense attorney at the trial and appellate levels, writing several briefs filed with the Supreme Court of Ohio. In this capacity, Jay earned yearly honors as an Ohio Super Lawyer Rising Star, an award given to the Top 2.5% of lawyers forty or under or who have been in practice for ten years or less.</p><p>Professor Paskan is licensed to practice in Ohio as well as the Northern District of Ohio and Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.</p><h2><strong>Course Interests/Research/Teaching Areas</strong></h2><ul><li>Legal Research, Analysis and Writing</li><li>Legal Skills</li></ul><h2><strong>Education</strong></h2><ul><li>J.D., Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Cleveland, Ohio</li><li>B.A., Ohio University, Athens, Ohio</li></ul>

Lisa Smith-Butler

Associate Professor of Law

Lisa Smith-Butler

Associate Professor of Law
Smith-Butler helped guide the law library successfully through the final ABA accreditation process in 2010 and served as the library dean until December of 2017 when she moved over to the faculty full time. Smith-Butler practiced law in Georgia and Nebraska between 1984 – 1992 as a solo and small firm practitioner as well as working for the Nebraska Equal Opportunity Commission. In 1993, she moved full time into the field of law librarianship. As a law librarian, she worked for the Atlanta law firm of Powell, Goldstein, Fraser & Murphy (now Bryan Cave), Georgia State University, and Nova Southeastern University. At NSU, she served as the assistant dean of the library from 2003 until 2009. <h2><strong>Education</strong></h2> She received her J.D., Cum Laude, from Creighton University School of Law in Omaha, Nebraska in 1984 where she served as an assistant editor for the <em>Creighton Law Review</em> and on the Moot Court Board. She received her B.A., Magna Cum Laude, in 1982 from Hastings College where she received the Stephen Lingwall Senior English Award and was a Bellevue Academic Scholar. Her M.L.S. is from Clark Atlanta University. <h2><strong>Publications</strong></h2> Her best known publication is the book, <em>Law Librarianship in the 21st Century</em>, co-authored with two Florida colleagues. She has authored articles on legal research, social media and school bullying, and workplace privacy. She has presented programming at: <ul> <li>American Association of Law Libraries (AALL)</li> <li>American Association of Law Schools (AALS)</li> <li>Atlanta Law Libraries Association</li> <li>Bricks ’n Bytes Conference</li> <li>Computer Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI) conference</li> <li>Law School Admissions Council (LSAC)</li> <li>Southeastern Association of Law Schools (SEALS) conference</li> <li>South Eastern American Association of Law Libraries (SEAALL)</li> <li>South Florida Association of Law Libraries (SFALL)</li> <li>Stetson University Jr. Faculty Forum.</li> </ul> She has done Continuing Legal Education (CLE) presentations in Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina. <h2><strong>Interests</strong></h2> Her interests include strategic planning, information technology, jurisprudence, privacy, and writing. She teaches Children and the Law, Professional Responsibility, Torts, and Workplace Privacy. <a role="button" href="https://works.bepress.com/lisa_smithbutler/"> PUBLISHED WORK </a>

Miller Shealy

Professor of Law

Miller Shealy

Professor of Law
Shealy is also actively practices criminal law in state and federal trial courts, including corporate and white collar criminal defense, and he represents clients in criminal and civil appeals in state and federal appellate courts. See <a href="https://charlestonlaw.edu/staff-members/miller-w-shealy/">www.MillerShealy.com</a>. From 1985-1987, he was an Assistant Solicitor (state prosecutor) in the Fifth Circuit Solicitor’s Office (Columbia, S.C.). From 1988 – 1995, he served in the South Carolina Attorney General’s Office as an Assistant State Attorney General in the appeals division and as Section Chief of the Capital Litigation Unit. He has argued over 200 cases before State appellate courts. He also briefed and argued Yates v. Evatt, 500 U.S. 391 (1991) (a capital case). From 1995 – 2005, he served in the Department of Justice as an Assistant United States Attorney where he coordinated a statewide corporate/investor fraud task force and served on the organized crime and drug enforcement task force (OCDETF). He was local counsel for the Department of Defense and the Department of Justice in the investigation and prosecution of suspected terrorists, Ali Seleh Kahlah al-Marri and Jose Padilla. In 2005, he received the “Director’s Appreciation Award” from the Department of Justice. From 1995-2011, he taught at the National Advocacy Center of the Department of Justice on narcotics investigation, federal criminal practice and national security. Shealy was one of the attorneys who represented the family of George Stinney, Jr. in 2014. George Stinney, Jr. (age 14) was the youngest person executed in the United States in the 20th century. Stinney was executed in South Carolina in June 1944 for murder. Stinney’s family struggled for years to clear his name, and in December 2014 <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/18/us/judge-vacates-conviction-in-1944-execution.html?_r=0" target="_blank" rel="noopener">a State Circuit Judge vacated Stinney’s 70-year-old conviction</a>. He was Of Counsel with the Finkel Law Firm LLC from October 2015 until July 2016. Prof. Shealy is also the co-author of three books Computer and Intellectual Property Crimes (2003), South Carolina Crimes: Elements and Defenses (2009), and Criminal Procedure for South Carolina Practitioners (2011). Professor Shealy’s article LOST IN D.C., concerning passage of the United Nations Law of the Sea Treaty, was published in November 2012 by the Admiralty and Maritime Law Committee of the ABA Trial and Insurance Practice Section (TIPS). He has two articles: A Reasonable Doubt about “Reasonable Doubt,” 65 Okla. L. Rev. 225 (2013) and The Hunting of Man: Lies, Damn Lies, and Police Interrogations, 4 Univ. of Miami Race & Soc. Just. L. Rev. 21 (2014). <h3><strong>Education</strong></h3> Shealy earned both his J.D. (1985) and B.A. (1981) degrees from the University of South Carolina. <a role="button" href="https://works.bepress.com/miller_shealy/"> PUBLISHED WORK </a>

Jean Steadman

Assistant Professor of Law

Jean Steadman

Assistant Professor of Law
<p>Jean Steadman joined the faculty as a Visiting Professor in 2018 and become an Assistant Professor in 2019. She teaches Contracts I and II, Sales, Business Associations, Drafting Preliminary Agreements, Litigating a Transaction, and Practical International Business Transactions.</p><p>Prior to joining Charleston School of Law, Steadman worked and lived in Italy for twenty years. She was Of Counsel at the Italian law firm C-Lex Studio Legale and specialized in cross-border commercial transactions and collaborated with many important Italian law firms, banks, energy, pharmaceutical, and manufacturing companies on all aspects of international commercial contracts throughout her career.</p><p>Steadman taught in English and Italian in the Masters of Law Programs at Il Sole 24 Ore, the Masters of Law, Economics and Public Management at the Università di Pisa, Facultà di Giurisprudenza, and collaborated with the Università degli Studi di Milano Statale.  She collaborated with Italian and English colleagues and taught comparative contracts and commercial drafting courses</p><p>Steadman received her Juris Doctor from Mississippi College School of Law and her Bachelors of Science in Political Science and Sociology from James Madison University. Prior to law school, Steadman worked as a social worker.</p><h2><strong>Publications</strong></h2><p><em>Drafting Legal Documents in Plain English: Guida Pratica alla redazione di documenti legali in inglese</em> and <em>Common Law Contract Law, A Practical Guide for the Civil Law Lawyer.</em></p>

Allyson Haynes Stuart

Professor of Law

Allyson Haynes Stuart

Professor of Law
Stuart teaches contracts, civil procedure, evidence, information privacy law and e-discovery. She has published articles on internet privacy and personal jurisdiction in journals such as the University of Miami Law Review, the Penn State Law Review, and the Vanderbilt Journal for Entertainment and Technology Law. Her latest article, <em>Google Search Results: Buried If Not Forgotten, </em>appears in the Spring 2014 edition of the North Carolina Journal of Legal Technology. Course Interests/Research/Teaching Areas <ul> <li>Internet Law</li> <li>Privacy</li> <li>Civil Procedure</li> <li>Evidence</li> <li>Contracts</li> <li>E-discovery</li> </ul> She served as law clerk to the Hon. David C. Norton, U.S. District Judge for the District of South Carolina, and was an associate in the New York firm of Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen and Hamilton. She has also taught as an adjunct professor at Brooklyn Law School and at the Institute Empresa (I.E.) Law School in Madrid, Spain. While a student at the University of South Carolina School of Law, Stuart was a member of the Law Review and Moot Court and was awarded the Order of the Coif and the Order of the Wig and Robe. <a role="button" href="https://works.bepress.com/allyson_haynes/"> PUBLISHED WORK </a>

Nancy Zisk

Associate Dean for Faculty Research and Development and Professor of Law

Nancy Zisk

Associate Dean for Faculty Research and Development and Professor of Law
<p>In May 2021, Professor Zisk was appointed the law school’s first Associate Dean for Faculty Research & Development. She speaks and publishes in the areas of employment discrimination, equal pay, affirmative action, and bioethics in health care. She is the author of several articles on the issues of race and gender in the workplace and college and graduate school education, including:</p><p>“Why a Consideration of Race is Important to Medical School Admissions,” <em>Journal of Law, Medicine, and Ethics</em>, <em>forthcoming</em> Spring 2021; coauthor, “Responsibility for Structural Racism in Medicine: Reflections and Recommendations from One Institution,” <em>Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics: a Journal of Qualitative Research</em>, <em>forthcoming</em> Spring 2021;  “The Future of Race-Conscious Admissions Programs and Why the Law Should Continue To Protect Them,” 12 <em>Northeastern University Law Review</em> 56 (2020); “Embracing Race-Conscious College Admissions Programs: How Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin Redefines “Affirmative Action” as a Holistic Approach to Admissions that Ensures Equal, Not Preferential, Treatment,” 100 <em>Marquette Law Review</em> 835 (2017); “Following the ‘Pathmarkers’ From Bakke to Fisher to Understand How Race-Conscious Admissions Programs May Withstand Constitutional Scrutiny,” 30 <em>Harvard Journal on Racial & Ethnic Justice</em> 1 (2014); “What Is Old Is New Again: Understanding Gross v. FBL Financial Services, Inc., and The Case Law That Has Saved Age Discrimination Law, 58 <em>Loyola Law Review</em> 795 (2012); “Failing the Test: How Ricci v. DeStefano Failed to Clarify Disparate Impact and Disparate Treatment Law,” 34 <em>Hamline Law Review</em> 27 (2010-2011); “Lilly Ledbetter, Take Two: The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009 and the Discovery Rule’s Place in the Pay Discrimination Puzzle,” reprinted in <em>Women and the Law</em>, Jane Campbell Moriarty, ed., West Publishing (2010); “In the Wake of Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company: Applying the Discovery Rule to Determine the Start of the Limitations Period for Pay Discrimination Claims,” 16 <em>Duke Journal of Gender Law and Policy</em> 137 (January 2009).</p><p>Professor Zisk has also authored articles on bioethics in health care, including “A Physician’s Apology: An Argument Against Statutory Protection,” 18 <em>Richmond Journal of Law And The Public Interest</em> 369 (2015); “Investing In Health Care: What Happens When Physicians Invest and Why the Recent Changes in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Fail to Protect Patients From Their Physicians’ Self Interest,” 36 <em>Seattle University Law Review</em> 189 (Fall 2012); “The Limitations of Legislatively Imposed Damages Caps: Proposing a Better Way to Control the Costs of Medical Malpractice,” 30 <em>Seattle University Law Review</em> 119 (Fall 2006).</p><p>In 2006, Professor Zisk was named “professor of the year” by students and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs by the school and served as Associate Dean for two years.</p><p>Prior to coming to Charleston, Professor Zisk was an adjunct professor of law at the Washington College of Law at American University in Washington, D.C., where she taught Remedies.</p><p>She also has been in private practice, with Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, and Ross, Dixon & Masback, both in Washington, D.C., where she specialized in employment and complex insurance coverage litigation. She was also a sole practitioner in Fairfax County, Virginia.</p><p><strong>Academic Credentials</strong></p><ul><li>Duke University, J.D.</li><li>Duke University, B.A.</li></ul> <a href="https://works.bepress.com/nancy_zisk/" role="button"> PUBLISHED WORK </a>