Category Archives: South Carolina

The South Carolina State Senate is going to have a woman member. Only one, but at least one.

See this, excerpt below: Katrina Shealy upended Lexington County politics Tuesday, ousting legendary state Sen. Jake Knotts to become the only woman in the state Senate. Shealy’s win was remarkable in that she beat Knotts in a district that the … Continue reading

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Woman Who Was Shot While Earning Money As An “Exotic Dancer” Is Denied Workers’ Compensation

The case is LeAndra Lewis v. L.B. Dynasty, Inc., d/b/a Boom Boom Room Studio 54 and the South Carolina Uninsured Employers’ Fund, and the full opinion is here. Affirming a denial of Workers Compensation benefits, the South Carolina Court of … Continue reading

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“There’s a gigantic universe beyond South Carolina, and while you probably won’t ever visit a distant star or go inside a cell, there are instruments we can use to see farther and deeper than your eyes can go, and there are books that describe all kinds of wonders. Don’t close yourself off to them simply because you weren’t there.”

The above title is an excerpt from this post.

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Rebuilding Sierra Leone

In April my South Carolina colleague Joel Samuels organized and hosted a conference entitled “Rebuilding Sierra Leone: Changing Institutions and Culture”. Valerie Oosterveld posted about it at IntLawGrrls and I’ve been remiss in not posting about it sooner. By all accounts … Continue reading

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Because no woman is ever the right woman, of course.

Vote Agenda Over Gender womenforsheheen.com Women across SC are willing to wait on a female governor and are voting for Vincent Sheheen on Nov. 2, 2010. Find out why I probably will vote for Sheheen for South Carolina Governor, but … Continue reading

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Is the headline “SC man dies, wife injured in domestic shootings” reasonable for the facts it reports?

Here is the text of the story as it appeared in the online version of my local newspaper: Posted on Mon, Feb. 22, 2010 SC man dies, wife injured in domestic shootings The Associated Press Police say a South Carolina … Continue reading

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Pulitzer Prize Winning Stereotypes

This is a “political” cartoon by David Horsey that appeared November 2nd in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer in response to Boeing’s recent decision to open a manufacturing plant near Charleston. All the workers are white men. And a confederate flag is … Continue reading

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A U.S. District Judge ruled that school officials in Dillon County, South Carolina had acted reasonably in compelling a teenage student to not wear clothing with images of the Confederate flag.

From here: U.S. District Court Judge Terry Wooten has decided in favor of Dillon School District 3 in Latta in a 2006 lawsuit involving clothing bearing the Confederate flag, Superintendent Dr. John Kirby said. On March 30, 2006, the Southern … Continue reading

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Today the Army will make Command Sgt. Maj. Teresa L. King commandant of its drill sergeant school at Fort Jackson in Columbia, South Carolina. It is a first. No woman has previously run one of the Army’s rigorous schools for drill instructors.

From the NYT: … The eighth of 12 children, the sergeant major is the daughter of a sharecropper who grew cucumbers and tobacco near Fort Bragg, N.C. Her first job in the Army was as a postal clerk, a traditional … Continue reading

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First names and judicial destiny for women, at least in South Carolina…

From the ABA Journal: Women lawyers with masculine-sounding first names have better odds of becoming a judge than their counterparts with feminine names, at least in South Carolina, according to a study by two economics researchers. The study finds that … Continue reading

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The “little girl who goes to public school in Dillon” is still hoping.

At about the 3:05 mark in this well known video: Obama references “the little girl who goes to public school in Dillon,” and he means Dillon, South Carolina, part of the Corridor of Shame (click link to view trailer). On … Continue reading

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In which Lindsey Graham calls Sonya Sotomayor a bitch, South Carolina style

When I listen to this clip it sounds like Sen. Graham, who is a graduate of the University of South Carolina School of Law, is pulling what I call the “Dark Mysterious Forces” maneuver. Of course he’s not saying she … Continue reading

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South Carolina’s state govt is only the fifth most dysfunctional state govt in the nation

At least according to this article, which claims the six states with the worst leadership are: 6. California 5. South Carolina 4. Alaska 3. Illinois 2. Nevada 1. New York I’m sure the fact that we have the fewest women … Continue reading

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Gendered Qualification for Public Office

Should Middle-Aged Men Hold Public Office? That’s the title of an engaging essay by Barbara O’Brien over at salon.com here. O’Brien not only answers those who have wondered aloud about Sotomayor’s qualifications given possibilities such as menstruation and menopause, but … Continue reading

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“… 2,000 people from some of South Carolina’s most depressed counties … flocked to a job fair this week to hear more about new jobs cleaning up dangerous waste at [a] former bomb-making complex, the Savannah River Site.”

Story here. –Ann Bartow

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Congratulations to the University of South Carolina School of Law’s Class of 2009!

Most all of our students are wonderful, but the Class of 2009 is especially dear to me. I’ll miss those students a lot. –Ann Bartow

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Obama choses former South Carolina school superintendent Inez Tenenbaum to head the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Inez Tenenbaum is another talented   graduate of the University of South Carolina School of Law. Story here, which reports in part: The president asked Congress for $107 million to fund the agency charged with ensuring that products from toys … Continue reading

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“I urge you to help by practicing preventive measures, such as covering your mouth and nose with your sleeve when you cough or sneeze and washing your hands frequently, which can prevent the spread of germs.”

So said an e-mail I received today from Harris Pastides, President of the University of South Carolina, to fully inform the University community about (as if you haven’t already guessed) swine flu. It also goes on to say: “Students who … Continue reading

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South Carolina State Senator Wants to Further Victimize Prostitutes

The bill, introduced by S.C. Sen. Lee Bright will allow the state to take any property, real and personal, used to facilitate prostitution from prostitutes, which could easily be everything they own. Here’s the text: S. 436 STATUS INFORMATION General … Continue reading

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“A Struggle to Make Ends Meet: Three residents of Columbia, S.C., do their best to cope with the economic crisis.”

NYT video here.

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The University of South Carolina School of Law’s Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year is: Prof. Danielle Holley-Walker!

Hooray! Proof that our students have excellent judgment and taste.

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Run Like A Mother!

The phrase “Run Like A Mother” adorned the tee shirts of a number of the women who ran the Cooper River Bridge Run yesterday with me and tens   of thousands of other people. Here are pictures of the crowd … Continue reading

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Note that it happened in NORTH Carolina…

This. Oy. –Ann Bartow

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“Southern Chiconomics”

One of my fantastic former students has a cool new blog!

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Let Them Eat Quiche

Tomorrow the International Law Society at my law school hosts its annual fund raiser. It’s an all you can eat lunch comprised of donated homemade ethnic foods. Here are the University-related fundraisers I’ve already contributed to this academic year: the … Continue reading

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South Carolina House considering “sovereignty” legislation that its author says “walks right up to the door of secession.”

The text of the bill, reprinted below in italics, is available here. A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION TO AFFIRM THE RIGHTS OF ALL STATES INCLUDING SOUTH CAROLINA BASED ON THE PROVISIONS OF THE NINTH AND TENTH AMENDMENTS TO THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION. … Continue reading

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Water Bottle Fountain

Photo taken at   the College of Charleston in Charleston, S.C. by Joan Perry.

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“It took 36 years of extracurricular competition, including annual world championships at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, but this March kicks off New York City’s first-ever season of competitive double dutch in its public high schools.”

Post title taken from a story here at Women’s Enews entitled “Urban Girls Jump Into the Title IX Gap”. But if you want to see THE BEST Double Dutch action, y’all should head down here to Columbia, South Carolina.

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“Note: This post has been corrected to note that Barack Obama won Florida in the general election, not South Carolina.”

That is the final sentence of this NYT article. Sort of startling that an article would actually be published at the NYT site which made such an incredibly obvious mistake, but then again, most of the writers and editors at … Continue reading

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“S.C. suffering lack of female lawmakers”

Op-Ed re-posted from here by ANNIE BOITER-JOLLEY and LAURA R. WOLIVER In November, women made advances in representation in state legislatures across the country. Out of 2,332 female candidates nationwide, 1,465 won their bids for state legislative seats : 1,351 … Continue reading

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“The leader of the South Carolina Senate says he’s closing the Confederate gift shop he and his brother have operated in the Charleston area for 20 years.”

About freaking time: Senate President Pro Tem Glenn McConnell told the Post and Courier of Charleston that the gift market is changing for everyone. McConnell says he and his brother Sam, plan to close the CSA Galleries in North Charleston, … Continue reading

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Learned Band – I Want You to Want Me

From the University of South Carolina School of Law’s recent TNT (Talent No Talent) show: I competed in the “No Talent” category and lost. I’m not sure what that means. Mercifully my act did not make it to YouTube! –Ann … Continue reading

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“Law Professors Begin Feeling Economic Pinch”

Short ABA Law Journal story here. At South Carolina we have, unfortunately, been ahead of the curve on this. Salaries have been frozen, hiring has stopped, adjuncts have been laid off, and travel money has been eliminated for tenured professors, … Continue reading

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South Carolina State Senator Robert Ford is trying to outlaw lewd language and profanity.

Story here. It notes: We spoke to Debra Gammons with the Charleston School of Law about freedom of speech. She reminds that the First Amendment is not absolute. You cannot say whatever you want whenever you want to. Courts will … Continue reading

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“Janie Goree, who broke barriers by becoming the first black woman to be elected mayor of a municipality in South Carolina, has died.”

From The State, which also reports: Goree, the former mayor of Carlisle, died on Tuesday evening at age 87 at the Agape Senior center in West Columbia. The family was at Leevy’s Funeral Home in Columbia Thursday, finalizing funeral arrangements. … Continue reading

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The South Carolina Star Chamber – Whites Only Division

So here in Columbia SC there are still “whites only” organizations, and one of them is the Forest Lake Country Club. The local newspaper reported: The nearly 80-year-old Forest Lake Club : whose deed has a whites-only restriction : has … Continue reading

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Columbia, South Carolina as Microcosm of the Nation

The NYT reports: …This city in the center of South Carolina is an ideal listening post. According to a range of indicators assembled by Moody’s Economy.com : from job growth to change in household worth : this metropolitan area came … Continue reading

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Steal This Seal

Here’s the official University of South Carolina Seal: Here is a two color version with “sample” across the front to prevent subversive bloggers like me from making illicit millions by using it without permission: Here’s the official University information about … Continue reading

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Holiday Decorations Regulations

From an e-mail sent by our University Fire Marshall: In keeping everyone safe to enjoy the holidays, we want to remind the members of the USC community of the regulations governing fire safety and holiday decorations. Chapter 8 of The … Continue reading

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Which USC has the cooler mascot?

The University of South Carolina? Or that other USC located someplace out west? Incorrect answers will not make it through moderation! Incidentally,   rumor has it that due to trademark infringement concerns that other USC is thinking of replacing Tommy … Continue reading

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Fight Songs Of Southern Universities

So today I was ruminating on the University of South Carolina’s fight song, called “Step to the Rear,” a fight song in which the only lyrics are “Go Cocks!” Here’s a version played at a football game by The Mighty … Continue reading

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Nationwide Coordinated Protests Against California’s Proposition 8 Tomorrow!

More general information here. The Columbia, SC incarnation convenes at the State House at 1:30 pm. -Ann Bartow

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College Papers Back Obama, 63 to 1

Story here. Note that the Daily Gamecock is part of the 63. –Ann Bartow

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The 1,500 year old “Angel Oak Tree” near Charleston, SC

Via. More photos here.

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A Great Loss

I just learned that today a recent graduate of our law school was killed. She was a terrific person, and her parents are two of the finest people I know, period. I wish the blogosphere was the kind of place … Continue reading

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South Carolinian wins “genius” award.

2008 MacArthur Fellow Mary Jackson Mary Jackson is a fiber artist whose intricately coiled vessels preserve the centuries-old craft of sweetgrass basketry and push the tradition in stunning new directions. A descendent of the Gullah community of coastal South Carolina, … Continue reading

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Statetris South Carolina

Statetris is an interesting game mixing aspects of the popular game ‘Tetris’ and geography. Instead of positioning the typical Tetris blocks, you position states/countries at their proper location. Play here.

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