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Michelle Mensore Condon

Director of Externships / Director of Public Service and Pro Bono / Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law

Michelle Mensore Condon

Director of Externships / Director of Public Service and Pro Bono / Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law
<div dir="ltr"> <div dir="ltr"> <div> Before joining the Charleston School of Law in 2006, she was the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia’s first public information director for eight years. As public information director, she was a media spokesperson about West Virginia Supreme Court cases and statewide court system administrative issues. She also developed and organized educational outreach programs. Before joining the West Virginia Supreme Court, she practiced law for three years as a West Virginia assistant attorney general, where she concentrated on employment, health care, and constitutional law issues, and for two years in the litigation department of Jackson Kelly, PLLC in Charleston, WV where she practiced media law. Condon also is an adjunct professor of media law for West Virginia University’s Master of Legal Studies Program and has taught media law at the College of Charleston. She has performed contract communications work for the National Center for State Courts and has taught continuing education courses for judges, lawyers, and career services professionals on media relations. She graduated from Washington & Lee School of Law, where she was a notes and comments editor of the <em>Washington & Lee Law Review</em>. She earned her master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and her bachelor’s degree, <em>cum laude</em>, from the University of Notre Dame. Condon is a member of the South Carolina and West Virginia state bars, the South Carolina Women Lawyer’s Association, and the Charleston County Bar Association. She also serves on the board of directors for South Carolina Legal Services, and formerly served on South Carolina Supreme Court’s Access to Justice Commission and the National Advisory Committee for Equal Justice Works. </div> </div> </div>

Kate Marra-Grant

Assistant Director of Academic Success

Kate Marra-Grant

Assistant Director of Academic Success
<p><strong>Assistant Director of Academic Success</strong></p><ul><li><strong>The Charleston School of Law</strong><br />Legal Research and Writing (2021-2022)</li></ul><p><strong>Senior Attorney</strong></p><ul><li><strong>Ohio Department of Job and Family Services</strong> (2019- 2022)</li><li><strong>Division of Tax Appeals –</strong> review, research and render decisions relative to corporate appeals.</li></ul><p><strong>Volunteer:</strong></p><ul><li><strong>Legal Aid Society of Columbus (2019)</strong><br />Volunteering in the Family Law division, where I assist low-income individuals with access to justice and legal advisement</li></ul><p><strong>Partner:</strong></p><ul><li><strong>Carney and Carney,</strong> Buffalo, New York (2014-2018)</li><li><strong>Private Practitioner,</strong> Matrimonial, Family and Mental Health Law<br />Qualified in all aspects of litigation, Attorney for Children, Appellate Litigation, and representation of mentally and physically disabled individuals</li></ul><p><strong>Magistrate:</strong></p><ul><li><strong>NYS Office of Court Administration, Buffalo, New York (2006-2014)</strong><br />Presided at quasi-judicial adversarial proceedings, conducted hearings, evaluated testimony and evidence, resolved issues of law and fact, responded to pleadings and rendered decisions, managed staff; court room, litigants and witnesses</li></ul><p><strong>Attorney:</strong></p><ul><li><strong>Law Offices of Catherine E. Marra, Buffalo, New York</strong> (1994-2006)<br />Private practice concentrating on Matrimonial and Family law, specializing in high conflict cases and the representation of children, the mentally incapacitated and the elderly. A high-volume practice requiring research, writing, motion practice and litigation</li></ul><p><strong>Accomplishments:</strong></p><ul><li>Extensive trial experience</li><li>Judicial Trainer relative to issues of domestic violence and mental health</li><li>Awarded “Attorney of The Year” State of NY, Eight Judicial District, For zealous advocacy on behalf of children</li><li>Volunteer SUNY at Buffalo Family Court Clinic</li><li>Mentor Lawyers for Learning</li><li>Frequent Presenter re: Issues of Mental Health, Child Advocacy and Family Violence.</li></ul><p><strong>Education:</strong></p><ul><li>J.D. Law, <a href="https://www.law.buffalo.edu/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">University at Buffalo School of Law</a></li><li>Master of Science, Education/Counseling, <a href="https://www.niagara.edu/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Niagara University</a></li><li>Bachelor of Science, Psychology/Criminology, <a href="https://www.niagara.edu/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Niagara University</a></li></ul>

R.J. Quillinan

Chief Financial Officer, Director of Business Operations, Alumni Director

R.J. Quillinan

Chief Financial Officer, Director of Business Operations, Alumni Director
RJ Quillinan joined the Charleston School of Law administration in 2015.  Quillinan serves as the Chief Financial Officer and Director of Business Operations of the school, and the interim Director of Alumni Relations. In this role, Quillinan is responsible for the oversight and direction of the schools financial and administrative functions, reporting to the President, assisting the Dean with academic and corporate compliance, and facilitating the services made available to alumni. He is a licensed attorney in South Carolina and an adjunct Professor at the law school as well as the College of Charleston. Prior to his role with the law school, Quillinan has held positions overseeing corporate operations, compliance, construction management, accounting, and venture capital. <strong>Course Interests/Research/Teaching Areas</strong> <ul> <li>Transactional Law</li> <li>Business Law</li> <li>Law Practice Management and Economics</li> </ul> <strong>Education</strong>: <ul> <li>JD - Charleston School of Law</li> <li>M.B.A. - The Citadel</li> <li>BS - University of Colorado at Boulder</li> </ul>

Kristen Ashe

Assistant Director of Career Services

Kristen Ashe

Assistant Director of Career Services
Ashe earned her Juris Doctor degree from Charleston School of Law in May 2020. Since earning her degree, Ashe has served as a legal recruiter connecting firms and legal professionals around the United States. In addition, prior to law school, Ashe also worked with in family law and for the South Carolina Department of Social Services as a law student and graduate.

Cristy Lorente

Assistant Director of Student Wellness and Success

Cristy Lorente

Assistant Director of Student Wellness and Success

Jamie Hiers

Director of Information Technology

Jamie Hiers

Director of Information Technology

Shera Silvis

Director of Human Resources/Title IX Coordinator

Shera Silvis

Director of Human Resources/Title IX Coordinator

Bobby Greer

Director of Financial Aid

Bobby Greer

Director of Financial Aid
<ul> <li>M.Ed. (HESA), Louisiana State University</li> <li>B.A. Limestone University</li> </ul>

Vic Silvis

Director of Facility Services

Vic Silvis

Director of Facility Services

Emma Baker

Registrar

Emma Baker

Registrar

Michael Banks

Director of Admissions

Michael Banks

Director of Admissions
Michael Banks serves as the Director of Admissions at the Charleston School of Law. <h2><strong>Education</strong></h2>

Jacqueline Bell

Dean of Admissions

Jacqueline Bell

Dean of Admissions
<p>Dean Bell has served as Dean of Admissions at Charleston School of Law since 2011. </p>

Grady Mason

Director of Security

Grady Mason

Director of Security
Grady Mason is the Director of Security at Charleston School of Law. <h2><strong>Education</strong></h2>

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>

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>

Nick Sanders

Associate Dean of Students and Assistant Dean of Career Services

Nick Sanders

Associate Dean of Students and Assistant Dean of Career Services
Nick Sanders bio serves as the Associate Dean of Students and Assistant Dean of Career Services.