Professor John Simpkins, Assistant Professor of Law and Director of Diversity Initiatives at Charleston School of Law, has agreed to research the state of diversity in South Carolina for our ongoing “Quest for a More Diverse Judiciary” campaign.  This project is intended to complement the research completed for our campaign in Kansas by Professor Jeffrey Jackson of Washburn University School of Law.

Initial findings will be shared this summer at a public event (TBA) hosted by the League of Women Voters of South Carolina.

Professor Simpkins is co-founder of the Center for a Better South and a Senior Associate at the Richard W. Riley Institute of Government, Politics, and Public Leadership at Furman University.  He also serves as a political analyst with WYFF Channel 4 in Greenville and WCBD Channel 2 in Charleston. He has published essays on South Africa, Southern politics, and African-American culture in the New York Times Magazine, The New Republic, The State, and The Oxford American.  Professor Simpkins has observed or served as a consultant in constitution-building processes in Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, and Uganda. He currently serves as a member of the African Network of the International Association of Constitutional Law as well as the American Bar Association Task Force on International Electoral Standards.   He serves as a board member of the Center for Heirs Property Preservation, Trident United Way, the South Carolina Aquarium, the Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry, and the Lowcountry Housing Trust. He also is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.  Prof. Simpkins received an A.B. in Government from Harvard College and a J.D. and LL.M. in International and Comparative Law from Duke University School of Law.