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Advance Team 2012-13

Meet the 2012-13 Riley Institute Advance Team members! Amanda Michalski, a Political Science major from Kingsport, TN, was the Advance Team leader this year.  

Every year the Advance Team makes a trip to Columbia. In October 2012, nine Advance Team members had an educational experience while visiting the SC State Supreme Court to hear three pending cases.

The first case was whether the mandatory requirement for a convicted sex offender to wear a GPS bracelet for life. The ruling found that no review process and no allowance for judicial consideration of the level of risk to children from the convict was constitutional. The defendant was a woman who had had an 18-month affair with a 16 year-old when she was in her 20s. The justices were fast and furious in their questioning of the attorneys and the interchange was riveting.

The second regarded a convicted murderer who shot a man six times in the back while at his mother’s residence. The defense argued that the accused should not have been charged because of SC’s castle doctrine, very similar to Florida’s “stand your ground” legislation that received such notoriety with the Trayvon Martin shooting. 

The third was the reason we made the trip: the Abbeville v SC case. Epps was the attorney from Nelson Mullins Riley and Scarborough, Bobby Stepp represented the state, and Steve Morrison gave the final response. The courtroom was captivated by Steve's passion and convincing appeal.

Kathleen McDavid (FU ’08) joined us for lunch and shared more information with the students about court procedures. All the students who went immensely enjoyed the experience!

Other events held on campus throughout the year offered the advance team the opportunity to meet, share meals and have in-depth conversations with our guest speakers. Guest speakers included Jeffrey Brown, Senior Correspondent, PBS NewsHour, Lieutenant General Dana K. Chipman,The Judge Advocate General, U.S. Army, and Ambassador (Dr.) Robin R. Sanders, former U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria, ECOWAS, and the Republic of Congo. 

The Advance Team also attended the annual Eighth Wilkins Legislative and Civic Awards Dinner. This event is attended by many South Carolina legislators, community members and representatives from major corporations. Students are encouraged to mingle and seize the opportunity to meet them.  

A huge "Thank You" goes out to Amanda Michalski for doing an incredible job of overseeing the Advance Team and organizing the Advance Team's participation in events held throughout the year!

Advance Team Press Coverage

Read about Thomas Hydrick and Ben Saul, The Greenville News; read about Charlotte Holt, Furman Press Release