Skip to Content



February 8, 2019: Law & Society: The Second Amendment: 228 Years Later

February 27, 2019: Anthony Ray Hinton

June 16-21, 2019: Emerging Public Leaders (EPL) 2019-20. Application process is open; deadline is Friday, April 5, 2019. 

July 12-19, 2019: Teachers of Government (TOG) 2019 - Greenville, SC and Washington, DC. Application process is open; deadline is Friday, March 22, 2019.




Catch up on DLI alums’ professional achievements and honors, and get community action project updates! Click on the image.



January 8, 2019Wilkins Awards Dinner

November 12-18APEC "Voices of the Future" program in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. To view the student blog, click here.

October 30Dick and Tunky Riley WhatWorksSC Award

October 7 - 12White-Riley-Peterson Policy Fellowship conference

October 1, Session 3Summer Series with OLLI: Who Gets to be American? Immigration and the Fight for America’s Future.

September 18Constitution Day

July 14 - 20: Teachers of Government program

Check our calendar for all events at the Riley Institute including the Diversity Leaders Initiative and the Center for Education Policy and Leadership





Law & Society Series
The Second Amendment: 228 Years Later

11th annual Law & Society Symposium

Charleston Music Hall
February 8, 2019
8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Presented by the Riley Institute and the Charleston Law Review of the Charleston School of Law

Columbine, Virginia Tech, Sandy Hook, Mother Emanuel AME Church, Las Vegas and the Sutherland Springs Church shootings are all devastating events that have changed our society’s discourse on state and federal firearm regulation. Gun safety advocates want restrictions placed on the Second Amendment, while many gun rights advocates oppose any regulations on gun ownership. This symposium is an opportunity to take a scholarly approach to better understanding what the Second Amendment promises, what it doesn’t promise, and how it functions as law.

The keynote address will be offered by two Duke Law School professors who are co-authors of The Positive Second Amendment: Rights, Regulation and the Future of Heller: Joseph Blocher and Darrell A.H. Miller. In addition, three panel discussions will look at Second Amendment Doctrine, state and local attempts at gun control, and ethical legal representation in the Second Amendment arena.

Register here Registration is free and open to the public. Four CLE credit hours are available for attorneys.