Monthly Archives: September 2009

Solomon Tenenbaum Lecture Tonight at 8pm

The 2009 Solomon-Tenenbaum Lecture “Global Vision:  Opening our Eyes to Injustice” will be presented by Ruth Messinger, President of the American Jewish World Service, tonight at 8:00 p.m. at the University of South Carolina Law School Auditorium.

Read more about Ruth Messinger on the College of Arts & Science’s website. Visit the Jewish Studies Initiative for information on the Solomon Tenenbaum Lectureship and its past speakers.  (TC)

The Cradle to Prison Pipeline Campaign

The Cradle to Prison Pipeline refers to the unfortunate path of many minority children in the U.S. today. To learn more, attend the panel discussion at 7pm tonight at the Richland County Public Library’s Bostick Auditorium.

If you miss tonight’s discussion, the SC Commission for Minority Affairs and the University of South Carolina is sponsoring “The Cradle to Prison Pipeline® Summit “Dismantling the Pipeline at USC’s Russell House Union on October 9th and 10th. (TC)

The U.S. Supreme Court’s Declining Docket

Scholars and other observers of the U.S. Supreme Court have noticed a decline in the number of cases being heard by the highest court of  the land over the last couple of decades.  A recent study by David R. Stras, a law professor at the University of Minnesota, examines how changes in the make-up of the court have lead to the reduction in its caseload.  His article discussing the study may be downloaded from SSRN here.  If the workings of the U.S. Supreme Court interest you, please take advantage of the ongoing Supreme Court discussions at the law school.  Bring a brown-bag lunch tomorrow and join Professors Holley-Walker and Brown to discuss several recent cases.  More information is available here.


Authenticated documents online from the GPO

For those of us with a particular fondness for authenticated documents, there’s cause to rejoice – courtesy of the Government Printing Office. Check out their official announcement of their new service:

The U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) is pleased to announce that the List of CFR Sections Affected, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, and Daily Compilation of Presidential Documents collections have been authenticated with digital signatures and are currently available on the Federal Digital System (FDsys) at:   GPO is also in the process of digitally signing the Federal Register collection on FDsys, which will occur on a year-by-year basis. The signing of the Federal Register collection is expected to be complete by October 30, 2009.

Brand-New Revision of SC’s Green Book

The second edition of A GUIDE TO SOUTH CAROLINA LEGAL RESEARCH AND CITATION arrived hot off the press on Tuesday, September 22. This beloved text is fondly known as the Green Book. In addition to citation examples to South Carolina materials both current and historical, it provides background information on the history, evolution, and production processes of our state materials, and guidance on how to research them.

The original text was written by Paula Gail Benson and Deborah Davis Hottel. In the second edition, Paula updates the original sources, introduces new sources, and provides URLs for those that are available via the Internet. Currently, Paula is Senior Staff Attorney with the Senate Judiciary Committee, but her prior hitch as the Reference Librarian in the Coleman Karesh Law Library makes her especially dear to our hearts.

To get your own copy of the Green Book, contact the SC Bar’s CLE Division at 803-771-0333 or visit the link to the publications store on the CLE page at


Cyber Law Website

If you are interested in keeping track of Cyber law and the leading cases in the area. Go to The site has posts and commentary about the top ten leading cyber law issues and cases involved in litigation. It is a great place to keep current and also get links to the leading cases and arguments involved in these issues. All of the cases cited are linked to the opinions.  This site will also lead you to other cases and information. The commentaries are all footnoted with additional cases and articles.  Copyright aficionados will like this site for current updates.


And the winner is……

Patrick Tucker has won a carrel by having his entry picked at random from the group of 10 entries with all the correct answers to the Constitution Day quiz.  Congratulations to Patrick and thanks to everyone who participated.

The answers to the quiz are:


1)      Article III of the U.S. Constitution establishes which branch of government?  The judiciary

2)      Who penned the original handwritten U.S. Constitution?  Jacob Shallus

3)      Which was the eighth state to ratify the U.S. Constitution?  South Carolina

4)      How many Amendments does the U.S. Constitution have?  27, of which 1 (18th) has been repealed

5)      What provision of the U.S. Constitution was given a narrow interpretation in the Slaughterhouse cases?  The Privilieges and Immunities clause of the 14th Amendment

6)      In the Bill of Rights, which Amendment provides a defendant with the right to a lawyer in a criminal case? 6th Amendment

7)      What is the provision used to incorporate almost all of the protections of the Bill of Rights to the states?  The Due Process clause of the 14th amendment

8)      Who is considered the “Father of the U.S. Constitution”? James Madison

9)      What are the two parts of the U.S. Congress?  The House of Representatives and the Senate

10.) In Alexander Hamilton’s proposal (The British Plan), the senate would be chosen by the people for how long of a term?  For life, contingent on good behaviour.

Bonus question:  From whose draft proposal do some people think the Constitution was largely derived? (Hint: Think South Carolina.)  Charles Cotesworth Pinckney


Constitution Day Resources

Happy Constitution Day! The Law Library offers a veritable cornucopia of resources on the constitutions of the United States and South Carolina. The US Constitution is contained in the first volume of the official United States Code and in the constitution volumes of the United States Code Service and the United States Code Annotated. Our state and federal constitutions are available in the constitutions volume of the South Carolina Code Annotated.

Our legal history collection contains a great deal of historical material on the various constitutions of South Carolina. To locate it, search our online catalog with a keyword search like: South Carolina Constitution.

Both the state and federal constitutions can be accessed online, as well. Find links to the SC Constitution at For federal constitutional material, visit