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Guang Ming Whitley

Assistant Professor of Law
Guang Ming Whitley joined the Charleston School of Law Faculty in 2023. She earned a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Southern California cum laude and a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School, where she was a member of Law Review and a recipient of the Thomas R. Mulroy prize for appellate advocacy.

Experience & Activities

Guang Ming taught at the University of Chicago in the Law, Letters & Society department and practiced in the Intellectual Property and Technology practice at O’Melveny & Myers in Los Angeles. She has also been an Adjunct Professor of Law at Charleston School of Law.

Whitley is an elected Councilwoman for the Town of Mount Pleasant. She was first elected in 2017 and re-elected in 2021 to a second four-year term.

She serves on the Board of the John and Martha Rivers Performance Hall Foundation in support of the Gaillard Center, the Board of Governors for Explore Charleston, and the board of the Municipal Association of South Carolina. She is also a longtime volunteer with the American Legion Auxiliary Girls State program in both California and South Carolina, and serves as board member and President of California’s Girls State Alumnae Foundation.

Course Interests/Research/Teaching Areas

  • Contracts
  • Business Organizations
  • Intellectual Property
  • Local and State Governments


University of Chicago Law School, 2004
Chicago, Illinois
Juris Doctor

University of Southern California, 2001
Los Angeles, California
Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering, cum laude