Director of Legal Research, Analysis and Writing and Associate Professor of Law
Todd Bruno joined the Charleston School of Law faculty as its Director of Legal Research, Analysis and Writing in 2010. Previously, he taught and administered lawyering skills courses and programs at the Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center for nine years.
In addition to his legal writing class, Bruno also teaches Torts and Trial Advocacy. He has published numerous articles in the fields of evidence, trial advocacy, and criminal law. After publishing one of his articles in the South Carolina Law Review, he was recruited by defense counsel in the case of U.S. v. McFadden to offer his expertise in authoring an amicus brief to the United States Supreme Court. Bruno supervised a group of students who submitted the amicus brief and who attended oral arguments in the case that was decided 9-0 in favor of the defendant.
Bruno also serves as faculty advisor to the national award winning Moot Court and Trial Advocacy teams. Under his leadership, the Trial Advocacy program has grown from one team of four students in 2011 to a program with over thirty students and ten trial teams per year. Moot Court teams continue to bring home national championships and Best Brief awards, including five national Tax Moot Court titles and multiple trips to the National Finals of the ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition.
Bruno is a frequent presenter at conferences hosted by such organizations as the Legal Writing Institute and the Institute for Law Teaching and Learning. He is an active member of the Legal Writing Institute and the Association of Legal Writing Directors. Before entering academia, he was an associate at Carroll, Burdick & McDonough in San Francisco and Jones Walker in New Orleans. While in San Francisco, he was part of a team of lawyers who served as National Coordinating Counsel for Mercedes Benz, supervising the litigation of every single negligence and products liability case brought against Mercedes Benz in the United States
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J.D., University of Pennsylvania B.A., Louisiana State University