Charleston School of Law

STAFF DIRECTORY

Emily Guerrero

Associate Director of Career Services Office

Emily Guerrero

Associate Director of Career Services Office
Before joining the Charleston School of Law, she spent more than a decade as the Director of Catholic Charities Office of Immigration Services in Charleston. As the Director, she managed four immigration legal services offices around the state, as well as representing immigrants in their immigration law matters. Previously, Guerrero worked as a Staff Attorney at South Carolina Appleseed Legal Justice Center in Columbia where she focused on systemic advocacy on behalf of low-income South Carolinians, concentrating in the areas of elder, family, and immigration law. She graduated from University of South Carolina School of Law and participated in many pro-bono opportunities there through the Children’s Law Office and Protection and Advocacy for People with Disabilities. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Wake Forest University. Guerrero is a member of the South Carolina Bar and the American Immigration Lawyers Association, as well as serving on the Board of Directors at Lighthouse Immigration Services. She lives in Mount Pleasant with her husband and two children.

Michelle Condon

Director of Public Service and Pro Bono

Michelle Condon

Director of Public Service and Pro Bono
Before joining the Charleston School of Law, 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.

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

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>

Emma Baker

Registrar

Emma Baker

Registrar
Emma Baker serves as the Registrar at the Charleston School of Law. <h2><strong>Education</strong></h2>

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
Dean Bell has served as Dean of Admissions at Charleston School of Law since 2011. <h2><strong>Education</strong></h2>

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>

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>

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>

Dyann Margolis

Assistant Dean for Academic and Bar Success

Dyann Margolis

Assistant Dean for Academic and Bar Success
Margolis teaches Academic Skills, Legal Skills and Bar Preparation, and, provides one on one support to current students and bar takers. She is an active member of the Association of Academic Support Educators. Prior to joining the Charleston School of Law, she worked for the legal education company, BARBRI. At BARBRI, as the National Director for Institutional Partnerships, she worked with law schools nationwide on building programming and implementing curriculum to support student and bar success. In her time at BARBRI, she also supported and counseled students through 14 bar exams. During this time, Dean Margolis also served at an Adjunct Professor at the University of Akron School of law teaching in both an Academic Success course for 1Ls and Early Bar Preparation. In her first two years after law school, Dean Margolis worked as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney in Lake County, Ohio. In this role, she represented the State of Ohio and the Department of Job and Family Services in all proceedings in Juvenile Court and argued in front of the 11<sup>th</sup> District Court of Appeals. <h2><strong>Education</strong></h2> <ul> <li>J.D. Cleveland Marshall College of Law</li> <li>B.A. Miami University</li> </ul>

Nick Sanders

Associate Dean of Students and Assistant Dean of Career Services

Nick Sanders

Associate Dean of Students and Assistant Dean of Career Services
<p>Nick Sanders bio serves as the Associate Dean of Students and Assistant Dean of Career Services.</p>