Constitution Day Speaker:
Eboni S. Nelson
The featured speaker at the third annual Constitution Day event is Eboni S. Nelson, Professor of Law.
Professor Nelson joined the faculty of the University of South
Carolina School of Law in 2007. Her courses consist of contracts, commercial law (sales and negotiable instruments), consumer law and race, class and education. Prior to joining the faculty, she taught commercial law (sales, negotiable instruments and secured transactions)
and Texas consumer law at Thurgood Marshall School of Law in Houston,
Professor Nelson graduated summa cum laude from Wake Forest
University where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She received her
J.D. from Harvard Law School where she served as a contracts teaching
assistant for Professor Elizabeth Warren. After graduating from Harvard,
she practiced employee benefits in the Houston office of Bracewell
& Giuliani, LLP. During her time at the firm, Professor Nelson was
an adjunct professor at the University of Houston Law Center where she
taught taxation of compensation. During the Fall 2004 semester, she was a
visiting assistant professor at the Law Center where she taught contracts and Texas consumer law.
Professor Nelson's scholarly interests include various issues related
to education law and policy. She is particularly interested in the
provision of educational opportunities for disadvantaged students as
well as the intersection of consumer law and education issues.
Her articles concerning affirmative action in higher education and
the constitutionality of race-conscious student assignment plans have
appeared in the Journal of College and University Law, the Denver Law Review, the University of Miami Law Review and the University of Richmond Law Review. Her articles examining issues related to young consumer credit card indebtedness have appeared in the Utah Law Review, the Villanova Law Review and the Banking & Financial Services Policy Report.
Professor Nelson was recently elected by the General Assembly to
serve on the South Carolina Commission on Consumer Affairs. She is also
the Vice Chairperson of the South Carolina State Advisory Committee to
the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and a member of the Law School
Admission Council (LSAC) Diversity Initiatives Committee. Professor
Nelson also serves as the Vice Chairperson of the Board of Directors of
Sistercare, Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting
victims of domestic violence and their children.