Faculty in the News: Notes, quotes and publications

The Charleston School of Law faculty is committed to preparing students for success both in the classroom and in the legal profession. Rated Top 10 in the nation by The Princeton Review for “student accessibility” and for “quality of teaching” (2022), our open doors policy provides law students with an environment that fosters a rich learning setting.

In addition, the faculty at Charleston Law are renowned nationwide for their research and scholarship.

Below is a summary of published work and presentations announced in January:

Professor Dylan Malagrinò | Associate Dean for Faculty Research & Development/Professor of Law 

The second volume of the Integrating Doctrine & Diversity series, Integrating Doctrine and Diversity: Inclusion & Equity Beyond the First Year (Carolina Academic Press 2024) is now available.  Professor Dylan Malagrinò contributed to the chapter on Administrative Law, with an article titled, Discriminatory Zoning: City of Edmonds v. Oxford House.  A Case Study on Dismantling City-Imposed Family Composition Mandates.

This article introduces zoning laws that try to define “family” and that try to restrict occupancy.  In City of Edmonds, the U.S. Supreme Court makes a clear distinction between rules designed to be exclusionary by focusing on the zoned nature of a neighborhood (single-family homes, for example) and rules that limit total occupancy for public health and safety reasons.  The point of this article is to describe this distinction, while also appreciating the limits of local zoning efforts by federal laws such as the Fair Housing Act, to prevent zoning from resulting in discrimination derived from city-imposed family composition mandates.  As many as thirty percent of American families have a family member with a disability that affects accessibility.  Making communities accessible requires attention to design, planning, and zoning.  We not only need to remove physical barriers to access, but we also need to address the coordination of permissible uses, including the location of such uses as group homes, senior housing, drug rehabilitation centers, and medical marijuana dispensaries, among others.  These uses often raise conflicts with current property owners, who also will be upset with the politicians if they were to sanction these uses in otherwise restricted districts.  Consequently, discussions of accessibility must go beyond design matters and focus on the coordination of uses within a community.

Miller Shealy | Professor of Law

Professor Miller Shealy was quoted in the Post & Courier article titled, “SLED pays over $11K in sanctions for discovery abuse in Lowcountry hemp farmer suit.”

Additional Faculty Resources


The Charleston School of Law is an ABA-accredited law school nationally recognized for its student-centric culture. Our faculty and staff are committed to preparing you for success both in the classroom and in the legal profession.

  • The Princeton Review ranks Charleston School of Law professors sixth in the country for faculty accessibility and No. 12 nationwide in quality of teaching (2022)
  • Charleston School of Law faculty ranked among the top of The Princeton Review’s list of Best Professors in the nation (2016-2018)
  • Experiential Learning: Charleston School of Law students have access to more than 150 externship sites, creating opportunities for experiential learning in the legal field.
  • Community Service: Charleston School of Law students have performed more than 241,000 community service hours (2004-current).
  • Students have won the National Tax Moot Court Championship for seven consecutive years (2012-2018)

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