Kenneth L. Childs
Ken was admitted to the South Carolina Bar in 1975. While in law
school, he was a member of the National Moot Court Team, the Wig and
Robe Honor Society, South Carolina Law Review, and served as
president of the Environmental Law Society. As a law student, Ken was
employed by the South Carolina Bar and the South Carolina Trial Lawyers
Association to work on legislative issues of interest to the bar, as
well as planning and organizing meetings and seminars on continuing
education topics for practicing attorneys. Upon graduation from law
school, Ken was employed by the South Carolina Attorney Generalís
Office, where he served as Assistant Attorney General. He has taught
appellate advocacy at the USC Law School and also has taught a course on
school law for the University of South Carolina. Ken is a permanent
member of the Judicial Conference for the Fourth Circuit and has been
admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the Fourth
Circuit Court of Appeals, and all South Carolina courts.
Ken practices in most areas of school law, including personnel, student discipline, school finance, policy development, school governance, and inter-governmental relations. He specializes in organizational issues of school districts, including board operations and governance, board-superintendent relations, and administrative contractual issues. Ken has a statewide reputation before the state and federal judiciary as an expert on school law. He has argued numerous cases before the South Carolina Supreme Court, the South Carolina Court of Appeals, and the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia. Ken has also been the principal attorney in several South Carolina cases, which have established controlling precedent in the areas of school finance, student discipline, interpretation of superintendent contracts, the South Carolina Employment and Dismissal of Teachers Act, and the South Carolina Freedom of Information Act.
South Carolina, 1975
Davidson College, B.A., History and Social Science, 1967
Omicron Delta Kappa
As a law student, Ken was employed by the South Carolina Bar and the South Carolina Trial Lawyers Association to work on legislative issues of interest to the bar, as well as planning and organizing meetings and seminars on continuing education topics for practicing attorneys.
Professional Associations and Memberships:
American Bar Association (Member, Labor and Employment Law Section)
Columbia Area Mental Health Board, Member
Ken grew up and attended the Greenville Public Schools, graduating from
Wade Hampton High School. Prior to attending law school, he taught at
Greenville High School and Wade Hampton High School. Ken served as a
special professor of Political Science at Furman University and was a
founding member of the Greenville County Drug Commission. He also served
as Assistant Principal at J. L. Mann High School in Greenville.
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