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Robert T. "Bob" Bockman





Columbia, SC

Sixth District: All of Allendale, Hampton, Jasper, Bamberg, Calhoun, Clarendon, Williamsburg, and parts of Charleston, Colleton, Dorchester, Berkeley, Orangeburg, Richland, Sumter, Florence, and Beaufort

Administrative Coordinator:  Melissa Purvis, 803-896-5180

Assumed Commissionership: November 2017


  • B.A. (1968) Vanderbilt University
  • M.A. (1972) University of Georgia
  • J.D. (1975) University of Georgia


  • Legal Writing for the Courts (LAWS 682)
  • Appellate Advocacy (LAWS 683)
  • Law Practice Workshop (LAWS 557)


Bob Bockman was appointed to the Public Service Commission by Governor Henry McMaster, and assumed his Commissionership November 8, 2017.  Before becoming a Commissioner, he was an adjunct professor at the USC School of Law from 1993-2011 before becoming a full-time professor from 2011 until his appointment to the PSC. Prior to joining the faculty, he practiced with the McNair Law Firm, P.A., in Columbia, SC, for 30 years, specializing in appellate advocacy, administrative law and litigation, local governmental and municipal law, representation of regulated industries, and energy law. Bob served as General Counsel to the South Carolina Public Service Commission and as Associate General Counsel in the Legal Department of Carolina Power & Light Company (now Duke Energy) in Raleigh, North Carolina, prior to becoming a member of the McNair Law Firm.

Bob is admitted to practice law in the courts of Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina, and before numerous Federal Courts, including the United States Supreme Court.

Since 1993, Bob has taught Appellate Advocacy at the Law School. In addition to that course, he now teaches a section of Advanced Legal Writing. He serves as the Faculty Advisor to the Law School’s Moot Court Bar and he coaches the Bar’s competition teams. He also serves as the faculty advisor to the Student Division of the Federal Bar Association.

Since 2004, Bob has taught a seminar in “Legal Persuasion” during the fall semesters to students in the South Carolina Honors College. He has also served in numerous volunteer capacities for Richland One School District.