Professionalism Series

About The Series

The Charleston School of Law Professionalism Series presents students with real-world insight into the role of professionalism in the field of law. Guest speakers represent a wide range of well-respected judges and practicing attorneys. Practitioners and judges are welcome to attend any of the lectures in the series.

For information on the Professional Series requirements for graduation, please see the law school’s  2020-2021 Attendance Policy below.

Attendance Policy

All Professionalism Series events for the 2020-2021 school year will be conducted remotely with Zoom Information to be provided to students.

There are at least six (6) lectures per semester. To fulfill a graduation requirement and to receive credit for attending the professionalism series, students must attend eighteen (18) lectures. The School of Law will record attendance by Student Affairs staff via Zoom.  Any student who arrives more than ten (10) minutes late for the program will not receive credit for attending. A student may leave a program no more than fifteen (15) minutes before their next scheduled class. It is a potential Honor Code violation to sign the attendance form for the lecture and leave, outside of the exception above.

Students may check their attendance on CSOL Access. Students are responsible for keeping track of the number of programs they attend. There will be no reminder emails or letters sent out to students regarding their lecture attendance.

Fall 2020 Professionalism Series

In the Fall of 2020 we will be exploring the various roles lawyers play in the realm of Civil Rights.  Dates and times are subject to change.

September 2, 2020 (Noon) – Charleston School of Law Mandatory 2-L Orientation

September 3, 2020 (Noon) – Charleston School of Law Mandatory 3-L Orientation

September 17, 2020 (Noon) – Charleston School of Law Alumni Margie Pizarro, Esq. and Brittany Cease, Esq. – “Attorneys as Agents of Change”

October 1, 2020 (Noon) – Frank Knaack, Director of the South Carolina ACLU – “Advancement of Civil Rights in America”

October 7, 2020 (5:00 P.M.) – Charleston School of Law Trial Advocacy Board Internal Competition – Final Round

October 14, 2020 (Noon) “A View from the Trenches – Perspectives from Prosecutors and Defense Attorneys on Systemic Racism & Police Misconduct” Sponsored by the KJW Black Law Students Association

October 15, 2020 (Noon) – Yveka Pierre, Esq., Litigation Counsel for If/When/How – “Lawyering with a Movement” Sponsored by the Charleston School of Law If/When/How Student Organization

October 20, 2020 (5:30 P.M.) – Charleston School of Law Moot Court Board Internal Competition – Final Four

November 5, 2020 (Noon) – Allen Chaney, Esq., Executive Director of the South Carolina Justice Project and Elizabeth Franklin-Best, Esq., “Utilizing the Courts to Remedy Civil Rights Violations” 

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