Charleston Law professor and student assist journalists with guide to South Carolina’s courts

April 17, 2020  – Professor Michelle Mensore Condon and law student Paul Danna (’20) worked with attorney Taylor Smith, who represents the South Carolina Press Association, on South Carolina’s section of the Open Courts Compendium published online in late March by the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. The South Carolina Open Courts Compendium will serve as a resource for the press, lawyers and others on legal issues involving access to the South Carolina court system.

Professor Condon and Danna also worked with three other Charleston Law students and West Virginia attorney Sean McGinley on the West Virginia Open Courts Compendium published online by the Reporters Committee in August 2019.

“I am very proud of my students’ diligent and thoughtful work on both the South Carolina and West Virginia sections and hope to involve more students on future media law pro bono projects. It is gratifying to help promote access and understanding of the court system,” said Condon, who directs the pro bono program and teaches media law courses as an adjunct professor. Condon formerly practiced media law defense in West Virginia before serving as the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia’s first public information director.

The Reporters Committee serves the nation’s leading news organizations, along with thousands of reporters, editors, media lawyers and others who use their online and mobile resources. The Reporters Committee also provides pro bono legal representation, a legal defense hotline, and amicus curiae support to protect First Amendment freedoms and newsgathering for journalists. They also offer fellowships and internships to train the next generation of media lawyers. More information about the Reporters Committee is available at

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