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The legal industry is constantly changing, and lawyers are becoming more and more comfortable in the new dispensation. As law companies continue to evolve, their market share has decreased. In-house departments are beginning to dominate, and the dominance of the traditional law firm has yet to emerge. Nevertheless, many lawyers are no longer satisfied with the status quo.

Law firms are now leveraging technology and process to offer cost effective solutions for non-regulated legal activities. By using a ‘business of law’ approach, they are able to provide scalable alternatives to traditional law firms. They also have the expertise needed to provide cost-effective services in the face of increasing competition. Regardless of the business model, the practice of legal innovation is a good way for attorneys to adapt to the ever-changing landscape.

The University of South Carolina School of Law is relocating to a brand-new home. This home includes state-of-the-art classrooms and technology. It will also feature grand architecture. A dedication ceremony will take place on December 16, which will include prominent legal and political leaders. During the ceremony, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States Samuel Alito will deliver the keynote address.

The Konduros Fisherman Fund has donated more than $1 million to the University of South Carolina School of Law. The funds will support students, as well as faculty in the law school’s 14 locations across the Midlands. These endowed scholarships will help recruit and retain students.

In other news from the University of South Carolina School of Law, the school is celebrating its 150th anniversary. It recently appointed two professors to named professorships. Among these, Jacob Elberg, who specializes in Health Care Fraud, will join the School of Law in January. He will be the director of the new Veterans Legal Clinic, which will be launched on July 2.

Professors at the School of Law will host a symposium in November. This will focus on the rule of law in the U.S. and will feature a trip to the site of the Lucas v. South Carolina Coastal Council case.

Another event in the works is the ABA Real Property, Trust & Estates Law Journal’s 150th anniversary celebration. Four professors at the school are already writing books on topics related to the year 2020. Whether it’s the rule of law, the legal profession, or even the urban-rural divide, these faculty members are tackling the issues at the forefront of our society.

Lastly, the Garden State Bar Association, which has been serving New Jersey residents since 1880, will launch a new program aimed at educating fifth and sixth graders about the importance of preserving the rule of law. This program is free and will include curriculum for elementary and middle school students.

Throughout the course of the semester, the students will learn about law and government through classes, workshops, and other resources. Some will have the chance to visit detention centers and work with real clients. Students will also be paired with peer mentors.