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Spring 2013  

  • Prof. Boris Mamlyuk participated in an academic conference titled “Russia Between Asia and Europe” in Moscow and Perm, Russia from May 27 to June 2, 2013.  The conference was organized by Rossotrudnichestvo, under the jurisdiction of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.  Prof. Mamlyuk also participated in the Institute for Global Law and Policy Conference and Colloquium at Harvard Law School from June 2 to June 8, 2013.  Prof. Mamlyuk presented remarks on a forthcoming article with Dr. Karolina Zurek, titled “Political Economy of a 21st Century Corporate Mass Merger: Walmart-Massmart and the Future of Global Governance.”  

  • Prof. Andrew McClurg and portions of his book, The Companion Text to Law School: Understanding and Surving Life with a Law Student, were featured in an article from The National Jurist entitled "Can You Love While in Law School?" Click here for the full article.
  • Prof. Christina Zawisza was reappointed by the Tennessee Supreme Court to the Court Improvement Program Work Group. The Supreme Court has asked the Work Group to review and revise the Tennessee Rules of Juvenile Procedure.
  • Prof. Kate Schaffzin's article, The Great and Powerful Oz Revealed: The Ethics and Wisdom of the SCOTUS Leaks in National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebilius,  7 CHARLESTON L. REV. 317 (Winter 2012-13) (invited submission) will be published later this year in the Charleston Law Review.
  • Prof. Jodi Wilson has several recent publications: How the Supreme Court Thwarted the Purpose of the Federal Arbitration Act, 63 CASE W. RES. L. REV. 91 (2012) and Students Can’t Avoid What They Can’t See:  Helping Students Recognize Ethical Pitfalls, THE SECOND DRAFT, Fall 2012, at 11. A forthcoming publication will be: Teaching by Engaging; Engaging by Gaming, The Learning Curve (forthcoming Winter 2013-2014).
  • Associate Dean for Academic Affairs David Romantz was elected to the Executive Committee of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) Section for Legislation & Law of Political Process.
  • Prof. Kate Schaffzin presented at the Tennessee District Attorneys General Conference at the University of Memphis School of Law in early 2013. She presented a course on Prosecutorial Ethics in Closing Arguments.

  • Assistant Professor Boris Mamlyuk presented a paper at the University of Maryland, in connection with the annual meeting of the Society of American Law Teachers.  The presentation topic was “Logic and Pedagogy:  Third World Perspectives & Public International Law.”  A link to the conference can be found here.
  • Prof. Shapiro's article titled Examining an Underdeveloped Constitutional Standard: Trial in Absentia and the Relinquishment of a Criminal Defendant’s Right to be Present will be published in the Winter, 2013 issue of the Marquette Law Review.

  • Prof. Daniel Kiel was recently selected as one of the University of Memphis' 2013 Martin Luther King, Jr. Human Rights Award recipients.
  • Prof. Alena Allen recently presented her paper, Direct to Consumer Advertising and Neo Classical Economics:  A Dangerous Cocktail, at the St. Louis University and American Society of Law, Medicine, and Ethics health scholars workshop. 
  • Prof. D.R. Jones was appointed to serve on the American Association of Law Libraries’ Copyright Committee, a national committee that serves to represent, promote, and advocate AALL’s interests regarding copyright and other intellectual property issues.
  • Professor D.R. Jones’ article, Protecting the Treasure: An Assessment of State Court Rules and Policies for Access to Online Civil Court Records, was accepted for publication in the Drake Law Review, volume 61, issue 2 (2013). The article has been distributed in the LSN Information Privacy Law eJournal (sponsored by the George Washington University Law School and the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology), the LSN Cyberspace Law eJournal and the LSN Information & Technology eJournal

Fall 2012

  • Assistant Dean for Career Services, Estelle Winsett, was recently named one of the 2013 Memphis Bar Association Fellows. 
  • Herff Chair and Professor Andrew McClurg’s book review of Philip Howard’s Life Without Lawyers: Restoring Responsibility in America has been published in the American Journal of Legal History, vol. 52, p. 387.
  • Professor Danny Schaffzin has been appointed by Memphis Mayor A.C. Wharton, Jr. to serve on the Memphis Civil Service Commission.  The Civil Service Commission, comprised of seven members, conducts hearings to review disciplinary actions, including suspensions, dismissals, or demotions, of any city employees not exempted from the provisions of the City of Memphis Charter and Code.  Members of the Commission are appointed by the Mayor, with the approval of a majority of the Memphis City Council.  Professor Schaffzin will serve a three-year term as a commissioner. 

Summer 2012 

  • The Community Alliance for the Homeless has recognized our very own Professor Steve Mulroy, also a Shelby County Commissioner, by awarding him the Homeless Public Champion Award for his recent advocacy for the homeless. Please click here to read more.
  • Jamie B. Kidd has been named the assistant director for Law School Administration at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law. Her responsibilities will include matters concerning human resources, accreditation, budgeting, academic regulations, and other administration-related projects.

  • Jacqueline O'Bryant is the new coordinator of diversity programs at the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law at the University of Memphis. O'Bryant will oversee the Tennessee Institute for Prelaw, the state's only summer diversity access program for law school. She will also actively recruit and support diverse law students, while developing additional diversity outreach initiatives for the school.

  • The Student Bar Association has named Assistant U.S. Attorney Steve Parker as the 2011-2012 Adjunct Professor of the Year and has posthumously named Professor Francis Gabor as the 2011-2012 Professor of the Year.

  • Professor Daniel Kiel received the Farris Bobango Scholarship Award for The Memphis 13, a documentary film.  The film tells the stories of the 13 African-American individuals who broke the color line in the Memphis City Schools system.

  • Herff Chair and Professor Andrew McClurg is one of 10 professors nationwide to be invited to this summer's West Author Inside Look conference, in which select West Academic Publishing authors are invited to the publisher's manufacturing headquarters in Minneapolis to meet with editors and staff to tour the facility and discuss current and future trends in legal publishing.

Spring 2012

  • Professor Boris Mamlyuk will be participating in the third annual Institute of Global Law and Policy workshop at Harvard Law School from May 29 to June 9, 2012. Click here to view a video of Professor Mamlyuk's from last year's Workshop.

  • Whitney A. Curtis, Assistant Director, Public Services at the Law Library, was a presenter at the 2012 Southeastern American Association of Law Libraries Conference. The Conference is entitled In Step with the Future, and is in Clearwater Beach, Florida on March 22-24, 2012. Ms. Curtis will present a session entitled We Go Out Looking for Trouble: Taking Library Services to Patrons' Point of Need. This presentation is part of the SEAALL Insitutute, Going Mobile in a Mobile World.

  • Professor Christina Zawisza has been reappointed by Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Sharon Lee for an additional year on the Court Improvement Program Workgroup.  The workgroup is charged with identifying and addressing barriers for safety, permanency, and child and family well-being at the state and local levels.

  • At the invitation of the Governor's Counsel, Professor Eugene Shapiro recently submitted his views concerning the constitutional issues involved with the state regulation of a public forum.

  • Two law professors, Chris Zawisza and Angela Laughlin Brown, are working with law students to assist the Shelby County Juvenile Court in operating its Youth Court program. Youth Court is an effort to divert juvenile first time offenders from adjudication as delinquents. Professor Zawisza recently presided over one Youth Court trial, while a Student Attorney in the Child and Family Litigation Clinic, Jennifer Sutch, mentored a young prosecutor. Professor Laughlin-Brown also recently mentored a high school student and also introduced her Evidence students to the Youth Court process.

  • Professor Daniel Schaffzin was a presenter at the Externships 6 Conference, Preparing Lawyers: The Role of Field Placement, co-hosted by Harvard Law School and Northeastern University School of Law on March 1-4, 2012. Professor Schaffzin presented as part of a session entitled "Necessary Control or Control Freak? For and Against Faculty Selection of For-Credit Field Placements for Externship Students."

  • Professor Alena Allen recently published an article in the BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY LAW REVIEW entitled State-Mandated Disability Insurance as Salve to the Consumer Bankruptcy Imbroglio.

  • Professor Barbara Kritchevsky, whose article, Judging: The Missing Piece of the Moot Court Puzzle, served as inspiration for the Legal Writing Institute’s model guidelines for oral argument judges. The guidelines will be used by coordinators of intramural and national moot court competitions to educate their oral argument judges. The article originally appeared in 37 U. Mem. L. Rev. 45 (2006).

  • Professor and Herff Chair Andrew McClurg was interviewed on West Academic Publishing’s Insider Blog about his new book, The “Companion Text” to Law School: Understanding and Surviving Life with a Law Student.

  • Callie Caldwell (JD 10) has been named the first public interest counselor in the Office of Career Services. Read more here>>

  • Estelle Winsett, Assistant Dean for Career Services, was recently named a West TN Delegate for the TBA General, Solo and Small Firm Practitioner’s Section Executive Council. 

  • Professor Katharine Traylor Schaffzin contributed to the winter edition of the AALS Evidence Section Newsletter.

  • Professor Daniel Schaffzin will be a presenter at the Externships 6 Conference in March. Professor Schaffzin's session abstract is "Necessary Control or Control Freak? For and Against Faculty Selection of For-Credit Field Placements for Externship Students." The session will be held at Harvard Law School.

  • Professor Boris Mamlyuk recently published an article in the WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY GLOBAL STUDIES LAW REVIEW entitled Russia and Legal Harmonization: an Historical Inquiry into IP Reform as Global Convergence and Resistance.

  • Professor Lee Harris recently gave a talk to Duquense Law School faculty in Pittsburgh, regarding executive compensation and reform.

  • Professor and Herff Chair Andrew McClurg recently published a book entitled, The "Companion" Text to Law School: Understanding and Surviving Life with a Law Student (West 2012). Read more about the book here.

Fall 2011  

  • Professor Donna Harkness published an article in the December 2011 edition of the TENNESSEE BAR JOURNAL, Now That We’ve Got It, What Does It Do For Us? The Uniform Adult Guardianship and Protective Proceedings Jurisdiction Act! The article is the feature story in the publication. 

  • Professor Katharine Traylor Schaffzin contributed to the winter edition of the AALS Evidence Section Newsletter.

  • Professor Katarine Traylor Schaffzin authored three guest posts on EvidenceProf Blog regarding the newly revised Federal Rules of Evidence that became effective on December 1, 2011. Click on the following links for the posts: Take 1, Take 2 and Take 3.

  • Professor Lee Harris recently authored a guest column for the Commercial Appeal.

  • Professor and Herff Chair Andrew McClurg was recently featured in an entertaining article in the Commercial Appeal.

  • Associate Dean David Romantz spoke to the Memphis Daily News about the law school's new curriculum, effective for the incoming class of 2012.

  • Professor and Herff Chair Andrew McClurg’s article, Fixing the Broken Windows of Online Privacy Through Private Ordering: A Facebook Application, has been published as the feature article by the Wake Forest Law Review Online.

  • Professor Boris Mamlyuk attended a conference on Third World Approaches to International Law (TWAIL) hosted by the University of Oregon, School of Law from October 20-22, 2011.  His presentation discussed whether TWAIL frameworks offer any guidance to understanding international law developments in the Post-Soviet space.  Additionally, Professor Mamlyuk moderated a panel titled “Situating TWAIL within Political Struggles and Ideational Contestations.”  The conference brought more than 50 international law scholars from more than ten countries.

  • Professor Ernest Lidge was a panel speaker at the ABA/NLRA Practice and Procedure Region meeting on Friday, Sept. 10 on the topic of "NLRB Rule Making: Proposed Amendments to Election Procedures." He will also speak at the upcoming Federal Bar  Association Annual Seminar on Wednesday, Oct. 26 on the topic of "Ethics of Contacting the Opposing Party’s Current and Former Employees."

  • The Memphis 13, a documentary directed and produced by Professor Daniel Kiel, premiered to the public on Tuesday, October 4, 2011. Click here for the full release.

  • Professor Steven Mulroy spoke on Separation of Church and State: DeSoto County Issues on Sept. 15, at the Cordova Library. The event was sponsored by the Memphis Freethought Alliance. The talk dealt with the constitutional issues raised by the recent controversies in DeSoto County regarding the broadcast of prayers at public high school football games, and the distribution of Bibles by private groups on public school campuses during school hours.

  • The Law Teacher will publish an essay written by David S. Romantz, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, in its spring 2012 edition. Professor Lee Harris was recently included in Memphis-based Grace Magazine's “Top Forty Under Forty” list.

  • Read the September issue of the National Jurist for insights from Professor Andrew McClurg about the first year of law school. The Law Teacher is published twice a year by the Institute for Law Teaching and Learning (previously the Institute for Law School Teaching). It provides a forum for ideas for improving teaching and learning in law schools and informs law teachers of the activities of the Institute.

  • Jamie Kidd (JD 10) joined the law school in August as Acting Assistant Dean for Administration.

  • Memphis Law named five new faculty in the fall of 2011.

  • Professor Barbara Kritchevsky chatted with the Daily News in August about her years of involvement with Memphis Law's advocacy program.

  • Professor Daniel Kiel was featured in August on CSPAN discussing the history of Memphis school desegregation.

  • This summer, Professor Lee Harris published his second book, Corporations and Other Business Entities: A Practical Approach.

  • Janette Smith, law school receptionist, received a Bachelor of Professional Studies with a concentration in Organizational Leadership from the University of Memphis.

  • Professor and Herff Chair Andrew J. McClurg's book, 1L of a Ride: A Well-Traveled Professor’s Roadmap to Success in the First Year of Law School, was recently touted in an article about the summer before law school that appears in both the National Jurist’s Prelaw and Concurring Opinions, a well-respected legal blog.

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