Faculty respond to the crisis

As the world grapples with so many questions surrounding the coronavirus, South Carolina Law faculty members have put their expertise and knowledge to the test in order to help our nation navigate the new normal. Here are a few highlights:

Beginning in March, Prof. Marcia Zug wrote "Co-parenting in the coronavirus pandemic: A family law scholar’s advice" for The Conversation to help divorced or separated parents struggling with keeping their children safe while also not running afoul of shared-custody agreements.

Also in March, Prof. Joseph Seiner was called upon to discuss the coronavirus' effect on the workplace, and in particular on employees' rights.

On April 2, a number of faculty members came together for an online forum to pose--and in some cases answer--legal questions related to COVID-19. The almost two-hour session, which hoped to spot issues and begin discussions on how to tackle them, covered a wide range of topics.

In May, Prof. Derek Black also took to The Conversation to explain how giving private schools federal emergency funds slated for low-income students will shortchange at-risk kids in public schools. And in July, he was also interviewed by Mother Jones about the legality of withholding federal funds from schools that don't open this fall.

In June, the Cybersecurity Legal Task Force held a webinar that helped practitioners understand their legal and ethic responsibilities in today's digital world--especially as more lawyers were working from home. Karen Painter Randall '84, the director of the task force, also published two guides to help attorneys protect their data while working from home and avoiding coronavirus-related cyber scams.

In July, Prof. Clint Wallace's article, "The Troubling Case of the Unlimited Pass-Through Deduction: Section 2304 of the CARES Act," was published by University of Chicago Law Review.


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