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Joseph F. Rice School of Law


Lisa A. Eichhorn

Title: Director of Legal Writing & Professor of Law
Joseph F. Rice School of Law
Phone: 803-576-6776
Fax: 803-777-8613

1525 Senate Street
Columbia, SC 29208


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Lisa A. Eichhorn


Professor Lisa Eichhorn received her B.A. in English, cum laude, from Princeton University and her J.D., magna cum laude, from Duke Law School, where she served as Style Editor of Law & Contemporary Problems, an interdisciplinary law journal. After graduating from Duke, she practiced in the litigation area with Bingham, Dana & Gould in Boston. While at the firm, she served a six-month pro bono rotation representing indigent tenants through Greater Boston Legal Services.

Prof. Eichhorn began her teaching career in 1992, and she taught Legal Writing and Civil Procedure at West Virginia University and the University of Denver before coming to the University of South Carolina in the fall of 2000. Here at USC, she directs the Legal Writing Program and teaches Civil Procedure and Advanced Legal Writing.

The Office of Legal Education of the U.S. Department of Justice frequently asks Prof. Eichhorn to share her expertise in legal writing with federal attorneys, and she has led many seminars on that topic for Assistant U.S. Attorneys, federal agency attorneys, and other legal professionals at the Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys in Washington, D.C., and at the National Advocacy Center here in Columbia, South Carolina.


  • Advanced Civil Procedure (LAWS 558)
  • Advanced Legal Analysis (LAWS 542)
  • Advanced Legal Writing (LAWS 540)
  • Civil Procedure (LAWS 544)


  • Old Habits: Sister Bernadette and the Potential Revival of Sentence Diagramming in Written Legal Advocacy, 13 Legal Comm. & Rhetoric 79 (2016).
  • A Sense of Disentitlement: Frame-Shifting and Metaphor in Ashcroft v. Iqbal, 62 Fla. L. Rev. 951 (2010).
  • Clarity and the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure: A Lesson from the Style Project, 4 J. A.L.W.D. 1 (2008) (winner of Honorable Mention in Green Bags Best Legal Writing of 2008 volume).
  • The Chevron Two-Step and the Toyota Sidestep: Dancing Around the EEOC’s “Disability” Regulations Under the ADA, 39 Wake Forest L. Rev. 177 (2004). [SSRN]
  • Hostile Environments, Title VII, and the ADA: The Limits of the Copy-and-Paste Function, 77 Wash. L. Rev. 575 (2002), reprinted in 19 Civil Rights Litigation and Attorney Fees Annual Handbook 13–1 (Steven Saltzman ed., 2003). [SSRN]

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