It’s Redistricting Time!

  After the decennial census, the South Carolina legislature is not the only governing body that is tasked with redrawing districts. Every South Carolina county is also tasked with the responsibility to redraw districts to reflect the population shifts from the 2020 census.[1] As counties across South Carolina undergo the redistricting process, the criteria used […]

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S.C. Supreme Court Invalidates Local Fees, Forcing Hard Look at Ordinances

In Burns v. Greenville County Council, Op. No. 28041 (S.C. Sup. Ct. filed June 30, 2021), the S.C. Supreme Court concluded that two fees imposed by Greenville County were unlawful taxes rather than user fees and, therefore, violate section 6-1-310 of the South Carolina Code.  The Court declared the two fees invalid.  One of the […]

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Commercial Bankruptcies are Increasing Around the Country

What does that mean for property owners and businesses in South Carolina? According to the American Bankruptcy Institute, filings under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code are up twenty-six percent (26%) in the first six months of 2020 compared to the same six months in 2019. Venerable brands such as Brooks Brothers, J.C. Penney, J. […]

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State v. Spears supreme court opinion and the “reasonable person” standard

What does it mean to be a reasonable person? During law school, students are inundated with “what would the reasonable person do?” prompts. But who is the reasonable person? Better yet, what life experiences culminate to affect the decisions of a reasonable person? Should race, ethnicity, class, or education play a role in how we […]

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Personal Identifying Information is Exempt from FOIA

The South Carolina Court of Appeals reversed a trial court decision that ordered the City of Columbia to disclose the home addresses, personal telephone numbers, and personal email addresses for applicants who applied for the position of city manager. Plaintiff sent the City a Freedom of Information Act request for all materials relating to the […]

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