SC State University’s Executive Speaker Series to Culminate with Professor of Law

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

SC State University will culminate the Spring 2011 Executive Speaker Series (ESS) with Ken Gaines, associate professor of law at the University of South Carolina (USC) in Columbia, S.C.  Gaines will speak on the topic, “Criminal Litigation in Business Affairs,” on Wednesday, April 6, 2011 at noon in the Belcher Hall fourth floor auditorium. 

“The speakers we have had for the Spring series and the organizations they represent have been nothing short of stellar,” says Dr. Ann S. Winstead, ESS program director. “In the context of business, they have engaged our students in significant and thought-provoking dialogue that will be long remembered. Moreover, the information and resources provided by the speakers will contribute greatly to enhancing a tool-kit that students can access as they pursue life goals.”

Gaines joined USC’s School of Law in 1978 as an assistant dean and lecturer in law. He formerly attended Kansas University in Lawrence, Kan. as a scholarship athlete, graduating in 1970 with a Bachelor of Science degree in education. He later received the juris doctorate degree from Kansas University Law School in 1976. After practicing in Kansas and Washington, DC, Gaines became a departmental legal advisor at the University of Maryland in College Park, Md.

Upon completion of his Master of Laws degree in litigation at Emory University in Atlanta, Ga. in 1990, he became a member of the Department of Clinical Legal Studies faculty at USC. His teaching and writing interests include criminal trial practice, criminal practice clinic, pre-trial litigation, evidence and trial advocacy. He has been a member of John Belton O'Neall Inns of Court since 2003.

Gaines has served as a legal commentator and presenter on many continuing legal education (CLE) panels, clinical conferences, workshops, seminars and for numerous news media outlets. He also served as past state chairman for South Carolina Common Cause and now sits as a board member on the Richland Community Health Care Association where he formerly served as chairman. Gaines has served on several law school and university committees in addition to serving as an advisor for the Black Law Student Association and mock trial teams.

For more information on the Executive Speaker Series, contact Dr. Ann S. Winstead at (803) 516-4864.