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Joseph F. Rice School of Law


John Montgomery

Title: Dean Emeritus
Distinguished Professor Emeritus & Former Director, NMRS Center on Professionalism
Joseph F. Rice School of Law
Phone: 803-777-3360
Fax: 803-777-2368

1525 Senate Street
Columbia, SC 29208


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John Montgomery


Professor Montgomery served as Dean of the School of Law from 1987 to 2003 before returning to full time teaching and scholarship in 2004. During his deanship, Professor Montgomery's major accomplishments included the recruitment and hiring of many highly respected faculty members, a dramatic increase in the national recognition afforded the School, and a number of successful fundraising campaigns that added significant support for educational purposes. In addition, he played a major role in securing several hundred thousand dollars in congressional support for the establishment of the National Center for Prosecution Ethics at the National College of District Attorneys.

Before his retirement from the faculty in 2007, Professor Montgomery taught and researched in the areas of torts, products liability, intellectual property, professional responsibility, and family law, and he continues to teach courses related to law practice and professionalism. His casebook, Cases and Materials on Products Liability (with D. Owen and M. Green) is now in its fourth edition.


  • LL.M. (1971) Michigan
  • J.D. (1969) Louisville
  • B.Ch.E. (1964) Louisville


  • Intro to the Legal Profession (LAWS 500)
  • Foundations of Law Practice & Professionalism (LAWS 560)


  • Cases and Materials on Products Liability and Safety (with D. Owen, M. Davis), Foundation Press (5th ed. 2007)
  • A Study of Shore Erosion Management Options in South Carolina (with B. Edge, J. Fisher, J. London, G. Zarillo), South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium (1981)
  • Amendment One of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Compact as a Basis for Uniform State Fisheries Regulation, U.S. Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (1977)
  • “Incorporating Emotional Intelligence Concepts Into Legal Education: Strengthening, the Professionalism of Law Students”, 39 U. Tol. L. Rev. 323 (2008).
  • “Cognitive Biases and Heuristics in Tort Litigation: A Proposal to Limit Their Effects Without Changing the World”, 85 Neb. L. Rev. 15 (2006).

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