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Joseph F. Rice School of Law

September 2023: Faculty Scholarship & Impact


Are self-driving cars already safer than human drivers?
ARSTechnica (ft. Bryant Walker Smith)
September 1, 2023

America Has a Private-Beach Problem
The Atlantic (ft. Josh Eagle)
September 12, 2023

Trump went to a gun store in South Carolina. But could he legally buy a weapon?
The Post & Courier (ft. Seth Stoughton)
September 25, 2023

Impact of teen violence in the Midlands
WIS (ft. Madalyn Wasilczuk)
September 28, 2023


Clint Wallace
A Democratic Perspective on Tax
Tax Talk Podcast (hosted by Tax Notes)
September 7, 2023


Lisa Martin
Overview of S.C. Civil Protection & Restraining Orders: Requirements for Triggering the Federal Firearms Prohibition & Prevalence of Firearms Prohibition in S.C. Civil Protective Orders

U.S. District Court for South Carolina
September 6, 2023

Aleksandra Chauhan
Theory of the Case and Storytelling
Juvenile Defenders Training
September 8, 2023

Kevin Brown
2023-2024 Ralph F. Fuchs Lecture
Indiana University Maurer School of Law
September 11, 2023

Kevin Brown
Implications of the Supreme Court's Affirmative Action Decision
Presbyterian College
September 12, 2023

Clint Wallace
The Future of Taxing Unrealized Income
Greenville Estate Planning Council (CLE program)
September 21, 2023

Bryant Walker Smith
UN's Global Forum for Road Traffic Safety
September 25, 2023

Bryant Walker Smith
Bosch Privacy Engineering Summit
September 28, 2023


Susan Kuo & Benjamin Means
Forcing Climate Change Compliance, 48 Harv. Envtl. L. Rev. __ (2024).

Climate change is inflicting significant environmental damage. The “Carbon Majors,” a group of around 100 companies, are responsible for an outsized share of the greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change. Yet, the Carbon Majors have resisted changes to their business model. In recent years, more than two dozen cities, counties, and states have filed lawsuits seeking compensation from the Carbon Majors for climate change mitigation costs. We contend that those lawsuits create an opportunity, not only to compensate for past harms, but to prevent further fossil fuel investments. To that end, we propose an equitable remedy: the judicial appointment of independent compliance monitors with plenary power to access corporate information and institute governance changes. Once embedded within corporations, monitors would prevent “greenwashing” ploys and help guide corporations through the difficult tradeoffs involved in rapid decarbonization. By implementing robust compliance controls within the corporations most responsible for climate change, monitors could play a vital role in advancing the transition to a green economy.  

Josh Eagle
Ocean and Coastal Resources Law (Aspen Casebook Series, 4th ed., 2023) 

Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.