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Joseph F. Rice School of Law

February 2023: Faculty Scholarship & Impact

Amicus Briefs 

Derek Black
Cruz-Guzman v. State of Minnesota
Brief amicus curiae of Education Law Center and the Constitutional and Education Law Scholars
February 2, 2023

Article Reviews 

Scott Cummings, A Critical Approach To Legal Pedagogy, JOTWELL, February 1, 2023 (reviewing Etienne C. Toussaint, The Miseducation of Public Citizens, 29 Geo. J. Pov. L. & Pol’y 287 (2022)). 

Book Chapters

Etienne Toussaint
Green Capitalism: The Case of The Environmental Impact Bond in Investing for Social Impact, Economic Justice, and Racial Equity, edited by Dorcas R. Gilmore, Lisa Green Hall, and Susan R. Jones, American Bar Association (2023).


Tyre Nichols’ death underscores the troubled history of specialized police units >> 
The Conversation (Seth Stoughton)
February 1, 2023 

Mercedes-Benz’s new self-driving tech is turning up the heat on Tesla at the worst possible time >> 
Business Insider (feat. Bryant Walker Smith)
February 2, 2023 

Amazon, agency react to professors’ South Carolina sales tax brief >>
Bloomberg Tax (feat. Tessa Davis and Clint Wallace)
February 3, 2023 

Conservatives’ civil rights complaints target meet-ups for students of color >>
The 74 (feat. Derek W. Black)
February 7, 2023 

3 Experts Question Whether Fatal Huntington Park Shooting Was Justified. One Defends >> 
LAist (feat. Seth Stoughton)
February 8, 2023 

If ‘self-driving’ Teslas are defective, why are regulators letting them stay on the road? >>
LA Times (feat. Bryant Walker Smith)
February 17, 2023 

Why are Teslas still allowed to drive when autopilot is so dangerous? >> (feat. Bryant Walker Smith)
February 20, 2023 

Nearly 800 died in SC jails, prisons from 2015-2021, USC report shows >>
The State (feat. Madalyn Wasilczuk)
February 25, 2023 

Black Women Say Products for Black Hair Are Dangerously Toxic—Why Are We Still Not Listening?
Prevention (feat. Marie Boyd)
February 25, 2023

Philadelphia Police body camera footage remains largely unreviewed >>
Axios (feat. Seth Stoughton)
February 27, 2023


When passion meets God's service: with special guests from the Domestic Violence Law Clinic >>
In the Fields Podcast (feat. Lisa Martin and Sarah Compton ‘23)
February 14, 2023 

Podcast discusses findings from an examination of the comparative rates at which people are filing for Orders of Protection and Restraining Orders at the county level across the state. Findings from the examination revealed significant variations in these rates – both across counties and within counties (i.e. the rates at which people file cases seeking one remedy or the other within a county). Additionally, legal scholars found these variations are not explained by several factors that often contribute to the likelihood that a person will experience abuse (e.g. income, rurality, race). Legal scholars hypothesize that people and practices at the local level influence the frequency with which people access these remedies in each county. 

Professor Kevin Brown Corrects The Record About Critical Race Theory
Joe Madison the Black Eagle Show (feat. Kevin Brown)
February 22, 2023

Kevin Brown discusses Critical Race Theory and scholarship pertaining to preserving African American history.


Lisa Martin and Suzanne Swan, psychology
Presentation of Initial Findings
Governor’s Advisory Committee on Domestic Violence
February 1, 2023

Lisa Martin and Suzanne Swan, psychology
Presentation of Initial Findings
Executive Directors, Member Organizations of the S.C. Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence (SCCADVASA)
February 3, 2023

Kevin Brown
Conversation on Critical Race Theory
Washington University
February 10, 2023

Kevin Brown
Presentation about Affirmative Action
University of Oregon School of Law
February 16, 2023

Bryant Walker Smith
Dupont Summit of The Policy Studies Organization
February 17, 2023

Tessa Davis
Imagining the Body in Tax
University of Kentucky David J. Rosenberg College of Law
February 20, 2023

Josh Eagle
On the Legal Life – History of Beaches

University of Florida School of Law
February 20, 2023

Etienne Toussaint
Afrofuturism & the Law (virtual presentation)
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
February 21, 2023

Kevin Brown
Affirmative Action & the 14th Amendment
Northwestern University School of Law
February 23, 2023


Elizabeth Chambliss/The Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough Center on Professionalism
“South Carolina Statewide Civil Needs Assessment” 

The Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough Center on Professionalism was a partner in the first-ever statewide comprehensive assessment of the civil legal needs landscape in South Carolina. The research and report examine the legal needs of South Carolina’s low- and moderate-income citizens, available resources, and actions the legal community can take to increase access to justice for residents. 


Bryant Walker Smith
DALL-E Does Palsgraf, 14 Journal of Law, Technology & the Internet 89 (2023)

What happens when we ask a leading artificial intelligence (AI) tool for image generation to illustrate the facts of a leading law school case? This article does just that. This article introduces this tool specifically and machine learning generally, as well as summarizes the seminal case of Palsgraf v. Long Island Railroad. This article also provides images that the tool created based on the facts as the majority and dissent recount them, as well as provides best practices for lawyers and how they should think about AI. 

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