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James L. Underwood

Title: Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Law
School of Law
Phone: 803-777-0202
Office:

1525 Senate Street
Room 212
Columbia, SC 29208

James L. Underwood

Background

  • Editor-in-Chief, Emory Law Journal.
  • Phi Beta Kappa, Life Member of the American Law Institute, Fulbright Professor Queen’s University, Belfast, Northern Ireland 1972–73, Acting Director National Institute of Justice, U.S. Department of Justice, 1981–82, Captain Judge Advocate General’s Corp. U.S. Army 1962–65.
  • Faculty member University of South Carolina School of Law 1966–2003.
  • Courses taught: Constitutional law, federal practice, and civil and political rights.
  • Chair of Tenured Faculty 1991–2003
  • Strom Thurmond Professor of Law 1981–2003
Awards
  • Received four awards for outstanding publications
  • Received two awards for outstanding teaching
  • Received Commandants Award for Highest Grade (100) in international law special class 1963, The Judge Advocate Generals School, U.S. Army

Education

  • LL.M., Yale University, 1966
  • J.D., 1962 and A.B., 1959, Emory University

Scholarship

Professor Underwood is the author and co-author of twelve books. These include:

  • Deadly Censorship: Murder, Honor and Freedom of the Press (Columbia SC: University of South Carolina Press 2013)
  • The Dawn of Religious Freedom in South Carolina (Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina Press 2006) (with W. Lewis Burke)
  • At Freedom’s Door: African American Founding Fathers and Lawyers in Reconstruction South Carolina (Columbia SC: University of South Carolina Press 2000) (with W. Lewis Burke) (paperback edition now available)
  • The Constitution of South Carolina, Volume IV: The Struggle for Political Equality (Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina Press 1994)
  • The Constitution of South Carolina, Volume III: Church and State, Morality and Free Expression (Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina Press 1992)
  • The Constitution of South Carolina, Volume II: The Journey Toward Local Self-Government (Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina Press 1988)
  • The Constitution of South Carolina, Volume I: The Relationship of the Legislative, Executive and Judicial Branches (Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina Press 1986)
  • A Guide to Federal Discovery Rules (Philadelphia, ALI-ABA Second ed. 1986)
  • A Guide to Federal Discovery Rules (Philadelphia ALI-ABA 1979, 1st ed. 1979)
  • Civil Trial Manual 2 (Philadelphia, ALI-ABA, American College of Trial Lawyers 1980) (with Ralph C. McCullough)
  • Civil Trial Manual (Philadelphia, ALI-ABA, American College of Trial Lawyers 1974) (with Robert McFigg and Ralph C. McCullough)
  • The Lawfulness of United States Assistance to the Republic of Viet Nam (Distributed by ABA 1966) (with John Norton Moore and in collaboration with Myres S. McDougal)

For Interesting Articles, see:

  • “The Proper Role of Religion in the Public Schools: Equal Access Instead of Official Indoctrination,” 46 Villanova L. Rev. 487 (2001)
  • “Applying the Good News Club Decision in a Manner that Maintains the Separation of Church and State in Our Schools,” 47 Villanova L. Rev. 281 (2002)

Research

Historical studies of the South Carolina constitution including attacks on freedom of the press and freedom of religion.