Mariel D. Norton

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  • South Carolina Bar, 2011
  • United States District Court for the District of South Carolina, 2012
  • University of South Carolina School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2011
  • Article Editor for the Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Journal
  • CALI Awards: Transnational Law, Women and the Law
  • Wofford College, B.A., summa cum laude, history, 2008
  • David Duncan Wallace History Award
  • Presidential Seminar in the field of History
  • Wofford Community of Scholars in the field of History
  • Senior Honors Thesis
    • American Bar Association
    • Richland County Bar Association
    • South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys Association
“History is a symphony of echoes heard and unheard. It is a poem with events as verses.” – Charles Angoff

From Imperial Russia to colonial Latin America, every historical period fascinates Mariel Norton in different ways.

She developed a special interest in European political history during the Medieval Ages, and she followed that passion to devote her final year in college to writing in-depth about two distinct medieval historical topics.

During one project, Mariel produced an English translation of La Coronica del rey don Pedro by Pero López de Ayala. Ayala’s work remains a first-hand account of the years of Pedro the Cruel’s reign of Castile and Leon from 1334 to 1369. Mariel’s more extensive project was the compilation of a thesis on medieval political theory entitled “A Study of Medieval Political Theory: The connection between monarchical philosophy and the actuality of deposition.” Focusing on both the political and religious philosophies of European political theorists, Mariel studied the ultimate impact such ideals had in the success or failure of three Medieval kings. Through these two projects, Mariel found a source of inspiration for constant exploration and assessment.

Developing this passion in to a career, Mariel strives to draw daily on her love of study, investigation and argument as she delves into legal inquiries. “Every challenge requires a look backwards to assess the appropriate step forward,” she says. Whether spending hours in a museum, studying a new legal theory or getting lost in a good book, Mariel continues to find history fascinating and pursues this passion throughout her hobbies and legal career.