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2009: State Constitutional Reform

Law & Society Series

State Constitutional Reform in the New South

1st Annual Law & Society Symposium

Charleston Music Hall and Charleston Museum
January 15 - 16, 2009

The Charleston School of Law and the Riley Institute at Furman co-hosted the inaugural symposium of the Law & Society Series in Charleston on January 15 - 16, 2009.  The  two-day symposium focused on state constitutional reform in the 21st century. Click here to view the program.

The “State Constitutional Reform in the New South” symposium explored such issues as the bans on illegal immigrant admission to state colleges and universities, the role of South Carolina’s governor, and whether the South Carolina constitution should guarantee more than a “minimally adequate” education.

The symposium is the inaugural offering in the annual “Law and Society” series, which is presented by the Charleston Law Review of the Charleston School of Law and the Richard W. Riley Institute of Government, Politics and Public Leadership at Furman.


The program began Thursday, January 15th at 5 p.m. in the Charleston Music Hall with a keynote address by Charles McKinney, a founding fellow of the Jamestown Project, a diverse, action-oriented think tank of new leaders based in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

The symposium continued on Friday, January 16th from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a series of talks and panel discussions by scholars, judges, former governors, legislators, lawyers and public advocates. hesecond day’s activities took place at the Charleston Museum. A complete schedule for the symposium is available by clicking here.

The Law and Society Series is a joint effort between the Riley Institute at Furman and the Charleston Law Review.  

Press Coverage

Furman's press releaseThe Post and CourierThe Greenville NewsThe Charleston Regional Business JournalSCBIZ, and The Post and Courier.