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Spring/Summer 2014

  • Three University of Memphis law students were awarded the Law Review Best Note Awards for 2014. To read more about these students and their accomplishments, please click here>>
  • University of Memphis general counsel and chief of staff, and Memphis Law adjunct professor, Sheri Lipman has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the newest federal judge in Western Tennessee. Click here to read more>>
  • Prof. Amy Campbell, director of the University of Memphis Health Law Institute, has been selected as one of 10 faculty fellows chosen to participate in the Future of Public Health Law Education: Faculty Fellowship Program. The program is funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to foster innovations and build a learning community among those who teach public health law at professional and graduate schools. For more information, visit law.gsu.edu/phlfellowship.
  • Professor D.R. Jones is the recipient of the 2014 American Association of Law Libraries Law Library Journal Article of the Year Award. This national award, which is one of AALL’s highest honors, is given for outstanding achievement in research and writing. The award is for Professor Jones’ article entitled Locked Collections: Copyright and the Future of Research Support, 105 Law Library Journal 425 (2013) (available HERE). Professor Jones will receive the award at the AALL Annual Meeting in July 2014.
  • Mayor A C Wharton gave his State of the City Address at the law school in January 2014. The Mayor addressed the key points in his administration’s plans for the City of Memphis in 2014. SBA President Chris Tutor led the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance prior to the event.
  • Prof. Andrew McClurg was interviewed by Fox 13 Memphis regarding the topic of Elder Abuse. To view the news segment, please click here.
  • Professor McClurg was a panelist at the Plough Foundation’s breakfast event, The Silent Epidemic: Elder Maltreatment and Victimization—A Community Response, along with University of Memphis law graduate, Amy P. Weirich, District Attorney General for Shelby County, and others. To read more about it, please click here.
  • Professor Allen was one of four authors selected to present an article at the Health Law Scholars Workshop by the American Society for Law Medicine and Ethics at St. Louis University. She also recently published an article titled “Regulating Health and Wealth” in the Cardozo Law Review.
  • Memphis Law hosted the 2014 PreLaw and Diversity day with Special guest Judy Smith, Founder and President of Smith & Co., a leading strategic and crisis communications firm, as the keynote speaker. Her notable career is the inspiration behind Shonda Rhimes’ hit television drama “Scandal”, of which she is co-executive producer.
  • The Memphis Law National Moot Court team of Chelsea Harris and Courtney Sharp advanced to the National Finals of the National Moot Court Competition in New York City. They were one of the top 30 teams out of approximately 200 teams that entered the competition and turned in an impressive performance at the regional level in Knoxville, TN in November, where they defeated Mississippi College of Law, Louisiana State, and the University of Tennessee.
  • The University of Memphis Law Review hosted its annual Symposium on Friday, February 28, 2014. This year’s symposium examined Juvenile Courts in Transition and featured a variety of regional and national experts on the subject of juvenile justice and reform. To learn more, please click here. To see a full video recap of the event, please visit our YouTube page.
  • Prof. Alena Allen was recognized as a Top 50 Under 50 law professor for her contributions to the legal profession.  See the Law School Diversity issue here --  http://www.obabl.com/50_under_50/#/0
  • This year's Alternative Spring Break, presented by the Public Action Law Society (PALS), centered on the civil right to counsel and the influence of Gideon v. Wainwright 50 years after the historic case. This year’s ASB had over 70 applicants, with over 20 participants coming from schools outside of Memphis, from law schools across the country. This year’s weeklong spring break program examined the fact that while Gideon v. Wainwright established the right to counsel in criminal cases, no similar right exists in civil lawsuits, creating a "civil justice" gap. ASB took an in-depth look at this issue through several different specialized legal tracks throughout the course of the program.
  • Three University of Memphis law students were awarded the Law Review Best Note Awards for 2014. To read more about these students and their accomplishments, please click here>>
  • Professor Lynda Black’s article, “The Birth of a Parent: Defining Parentage for Lendersof Genetic Material” was accepted for publication by the Nebraska Law Review in the June 2014 volume. In addition, Professor Black will be part of a SEALS 2014 Discussion Panel on the topic “Designing an Estate Planning Course.”
  • Tennessee Governor Haslam appointed The Hon. Holly M. Kirby (JD ’82) to the Tennessee Supreme Court, effective as of September 1, 2014.
  • Prof. Boris Mamlyuk has been blogging for the Huffington Post about the international crisis in the Ukraine. To read more Prof. Mamlyuk’s posts, please click here.
  • The University of Memphis Health Law Institute hosted its inaugural symposium, Race, Research, and Rights: The Legacy of the Tuskegee Syphilis Studies, with special guests Fred Gray and James Jones. The two-day event featured events at the newly re-opened National Civil Rights Museum and a day-long symposium featuring presentations and panels from leading experts on the Tuskegee studies and topics ranging from public health to medical ethics. To see photos from the event, click here. To view a comprehensive video playlist of the day’s activities, visit our YouTube page HERE.
  • Professor D.R. Jones is the recipient of the 2014 American Association of Law Libraries Law Library Journal Article of the Year Award. This national award, which is one of AALL’s highest honors, is given for outstanding achievement in research and writing. The award is for Professor Jones’ article entitledLocked Collections: Copyright and the Future of Research Support, 105 Law Library Journal 425 (2013) (available HERE). Professor Jones will receive the award at the AALL Annual Meeting in July 2014.
  • Prof. Amy Campbell, director of the University of Memphis Health Law Institute, has been selected as one of 10 faculty fellows chosen to participate in the Future of Public Health Law Education: Faculty Fellowship Program. The program is funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to foster innovations and build a learning community among those who teach public health law at professional and graduate schools. For more information, visit law.gsu.edu/phlfellowship.
  • The University of Memphis School of Law is pleased to announce that Jasen McCoy Durrence is the recipient of the inaugural Christian Soronen Award for Excellence in Oral Advocacy. To learn more about the award, please click here>>
  • The National Jurist ranked the University of Memphis School of Law as one of the Best Value Law Schools in the nation in its new rankings. Memphis Law scored an A- in the new rankings, thanks to our high bar passage rates, affordable tuition, average debt upon graduation, employment rate, and our extremely attractive cost of living.

Fall 2013

  • As part of the fall 2013 Orientation activities, the law school unveiled a new "Welcome to Memphis" panel. Intended to give these new students and residents of Memphis an inspiring and exciting glimpse of what Memphis is really all about as a city. The panel showcased a number of areas such as Arts & Entertainment, the food and culinary scene, sports related matters, non-profit organizations, and business expertise. Participants in this inaugural panel included: Allison Cook, Executive Director of the Memphis Farmers Market; Kelly English, owner and chef at Restaurant Iris; Tomeka Hart, VP of Teach for America; Anne Pitts, Director of the Levitt Shell; Gary Parrish, nationally syndicated sports columnist and radio host for CBSSports.com and ESPN; and Jason Wexler, COO of the Memphis Grizzlies. 
  • Amy Campbell was hired in the Fall of 2013 to lead the new University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law Health Law Institute. Prof. Campbell will work to develop the program this fall, laying the groundwork for future success with a variety of new partnerships in the MidSouth area with prominent local hospitals, law firms specializing in healthcare-related issues, and a number of governmental agencies. 
  • The Law School welcomed three new faculty members in the Fall 2013 semester. In addition to our new Health Law Director  Amy Campbell, Demetria Frank and Jeremy Bock also joined the esteemed ranks of faculty at Memphis Law, bringing with them a wide range of specialities. To read more about each new professor and their scholarship, please visit our main Faculty page, by clicking here>>
  • Meredith Aden joined the Law School this fall as our new Assistant Dean for Student Affairs. Meredith is a native Mississippian and comes to Memphis Law from the College of William & Mary Law School.  She is a graduate of the University of Alabama (B.A.), the University of Virginia (J.D.), and the George Washington Law School (LL.M.). Among other duties, she will direct a new Academic Success Program, help coordinate and oversee our student organizations, provide academic and other counseling, serve as the students advocate in the law school and university, and help us to create an even more welcoming academic community. To read more about Dean Aden, please click here>> 
  • During the Fall 2013 semester, nearly 80 third-year law students earned academic credit and gained valuable hands-on legal experience through participation in the University of Memphis School of Law’s Experiential Learning Program.
  • Prof. Jeremy Bock's article, “Error-Correction at the Federal Circuit” from the N.Y.U. Journal of Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law, was selected via competitive blind review for presentation at the 6th Annual Junior Scholars in Intellectual Property Workshop at Michigan State University College of Law in October 2013.
  • Professor Andrew McClurg’s article, “Preying on the Graying: A Statutory Presumption to Prosecute Elder Financial Exploitation,” will be published in the Hastings Law Journal. McClurg’s proposed statute has been incorporated by the Florida Task Force to Strengthen Laws to Protect Vulnerable Adults as part of its recommendations for legislative action.

Spring/Summer 2013

  • The University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law hosted a Pre-Law Day for diverse undergraduate students in the spring.  Participants heard tips on how to prepare for law school, submit a competitive application and apply for financial aid and scholarships. A keynote address by actor, author and Harvard Law School graduate Hill Harper closed out the day. Harper, who is best known for his acting role on the television series CSI and for his authorship of four New York Times bestsellers, is founder of Manifest Your Destiny Foundation, an organization dedicated to empowering, encouraging and inspiring youth to succeed through mentorship, scholarship and grant programs.
  • Robert F. Kennedy Jr. was the Class of 2013 commencement speaker. He challenged the 122 graduates of the University of Memphis’ Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law to use their law degrees to fight corporate corruption and protect the environment, the Commercial Appeal reports. Law is “a sacred profession,” Kennedy told the law school graduates Sunday afternoon at the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts.
  • Chelsea Conn (JD '13) was awarded the 2013 Clinical Legal Education Association (CLEA) Outstanding Student Award. Click here to read about the reasons behind her nomination and subsequent winning of the award.
  • Prof. Lee Harris was honored as one of the 50 Under 50 most influential minority law professors by Lawyers of Color Magazine.
  • The University of Memphis Law Alumni chapter hosted the Pillars of Excellence Dinnerpresented by Ballin, Ballin & Fishman, PC in 2013. The Chapter honored five Pillars of Excellence from within the Memphis law community including: Marvin Ballin (JD ’63), Marion “Boots” Boyd, R. Grattan Brown, Jr.,Hon. Ronald L. Gilman, andHon. Charles O. McPherson (BS ’64, JD ’65). The Belz Family was honored as Friends of the Law School.View Photos
  • Peter V. Letsou was named as the new Dean of the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law on June 1, 2013. To read more, click here.
  • The Student Bar Association hosted Congressman Steve Cohen as part of their Speaker Series program on April 2, 2013. 
  • The University of Memphis Law Review hosted their annual symposium on March 22, 2013. The symposium is titled "Breaking the Silence: Legal Voices in the Fight Against Human Trafficking". For more information and to see pictures from the event, please click here>>
  • Memphis Law alum Joseph McKinney was recently elected President of the Napier-Looby Bar Foundation. To read more about Mr. McKinney and his accomplishments, please click here.
  • The Public Action Law Society (PALS) hosted the 2013 Alternative Spring Break from March 11-15, 2013. The program allowed University of Memphis law students to partner with dozens of law schools around the country in the common cause of service and is the only student-led Alternative Spring Break program in the country to recruit nationally. To view photos from the events throughout the week, please click here>>

Fall 2012

  • Noted national speaker, Professor Richard Birke visited the law school in late November to discuss the ways lawyers can use neuroscience and psychology to improve the ways we make decisions and also to better understand the reasons why clients, partners, opponents and colleagues think and act the way they do.
  • Memphis Law student Chris Martin was selected as the recipient of the Tennessee Bar Association's 2012 Law Student Volunteer Award for all of his hard work within the Memphis legal community. 
  • Memphis Law Student Ryan Dalton was the Honorable Mention Recipient for the 2012 Pro Bono Publico Award and the recipient of the 2012 Rodney K. Smith Award.
  • The Downtown Memphis Commission selected the Law School as the 2012 recipient of their prestigious “Vision Award” for a downtown organization! For more information, click here.
  • Memphis Law 3L student Cole Weintraub's article, "American Revolutions in Georgia and Ukraine: An Analysis of the Role of Public Relations and NGOs in Regime Change in Post-Soviet Space," was published in the Moscow State University Public Administration Department Fall 2012 journal. 
  • Recent graduate Atina Rizk received 3rd place in the International Association of Defense Counsel’s Annual Student Legal Writing Contest for her article titled, "True or False: Defamation Through Deceptively Edited Video or Audio Clips."
  • Tom Williams, rising 3L and Vice President of PALS, was featured in a recent article in The Memphis Flyer focusing on Project Homeless Connect and the events' unique "Street Court" concept, a makeshift general sessions court that was set up to clear the homeless of legal impediments to finding employment and housing. Great job by Tom and all of our other student volunteers! Click here to read the full article.
  • Memphis Law graduate Seth Guess (JD 12) was recently awarded the Clinical Legal Education Association (CLEA) Outstanding Student Award. Click here to read more.
  • 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. 
  • Memphis Law was proud to have 20 students volunteer at Project Homeless Connect on July 12, 2012. They, along with the Law Offices of the Shelby County Public Defenders Office, helped to provide Legal Counsel and Services to 161 individuals in need. To view photos of these amazing students in action, please click here>>
  • Forty two University of Memphis Law School students were enrolled in externships this summer, allowing them to simultaneously earn academic credit and gain valuable hands-on legal experience. For more information and to read a detailed article about these externship opportunities, please click here>>
  • Professor Daniel Schaffzin was featured in an article in The Jackson Sun detailing the basic criteria for what makes a good judge and what voters should consider when sizing up their choices during an election. Please click here to read the full article. 
  • Congratulations to the Honorable Robert “Butch” Childers (JD 74), Memphis Circuit Court Judge, who was recently honored with the Tennessee Bar Association's Justice Frank F. Drowota III Outstanding Judicial Service Award. The Drowota Award is given to a judge or judicial branch official of a federal, state or local court in Tennessee who has demonstrated extraordinary devotion and dedication to the improvement of the law, the legal system and the administration of justice. To read more about the award and Judge Childers outstanding work, please click here
  • Anna Benson, 2012 graduate of the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, has recently been named the recipient of the National Association of Women Lawyers' (NAWL) 2012 Outstanding Law Student Award.
  • Michael E. Spitzer (JD 81) was recently named as chair of the Tennessee Bar Foundation. His term will run until 2013. Spitzer has served on the Foundation's Board of Trustees since 2006. To find out more about the Tennessee Bar Foundation, please click here.

  • On Friday, June 1, 2012, the American Bankruptcy Institute held their conference here at the Law School. 

Spring 2012 

  • Three student editors of the University of Memphis Law Review were honored as the 2012 recipients of the "Best Note Award": Carl Eppler, William O'Connor & Matthew Kernodle.  To read more about these recipients, please click here.

  • Congratulations to the co-recipients of the 2011-12 Rodney K. Smith Award:  Ryan Dalton & Anna Santos. The Rodney K. Smith Award is highest service award given to the law student who has donated the most service in one year.  To read more about these recipients, please click here.

  • Admissions Open House was held on Saturday, April 14th.  A special thank you to our sponsors.
  • Professor Christina Zawisza was recently named University of Memphis Faculty Advisor of the Year for her work with the Public Action Law Society (PALS). She has advised this student-driven organization for 10 years and has mentored members in the production of  three Alternative Spring Break programs and numerous pro bono service opportunities. She was nominated by PALS officers.
  • U of M teams did well at ABA Regional Mediation Competition. One team from the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law took first place at the regional level of the American Bar Association (ABA) Mediation Competition earlier this month, and another U of M team placed fourth. The first-place winners beat the University of Florida in the final round, after besting Washington & Lee and William & Mary in preliminaries. First-place team members are Christopher Martin and Thomas Williams.  Making up the fourth-place team are Caroline Giovannetti and Ryan Hagenbrok. Stephen Shields, of the Memphis law firm Jackson, Shields, Yeiser & Holt, coached both U of M teams.

  • Professor Christina Zawisza and the Alternative Spring Break for Law Students were featured in the Commercial Appeal on March 18, 2012. Please click here to read the full article.

  • Professor Zawisza and the Alternative Spring Break were also recognized by the Tennessee Bar Association on March 27, 2012. Please click here to read the TBA's recognition.

  • On Being a Black Lawyer has named Professor Lee Harris as one of the 100 most influential black lawyers in the United States. Read more here>>

  • 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 part of a session entitled "Necessary Control or Control Freak? For and Against Faculty Selection of For-Credit Field Placements for Externship Students."

  • The Public Action Law Society hosted a successful alternative spring break program March 5-9. A closing lunch honoring all participants, and with keynote speaker Morris Dees, took place on Friday, March 9. Read more here >>

  • Memphis Law hosted the National Trial Regional Competition February 17-19. We would like to congratulate all 32 teams on a successful competition. Region V Champions advancing to Nationals were The University of Georgia School of Law and Wake Forest University School of Law.

  • William E. Godbold, III (JD 76) was recently elected as a Fellow of the Tennessee Bar Foundation. Read more in The Chattanoogan.

  • Jayniece Higgins, a current 1L, attended the Southern Region of Black Law Students Association's regional conference in Birmingham, Alabama and was nominated and elected to a regional board position. She will be serving as SRBLSA's Sub-Region 1 Director over the law schools in Tennessee and Arkansas

  • Several Memphis Law students are featured in the most recent edition of the TN Volunteer Attorney.

  • At its Barristers Ball held in late December, the Ben F. Jones Chapter of the National Bar Association honored several members of the Memphis bar, including Memphis Law students, alumni and an administrator. Read more in the Commercial Appeal.

Fall 2011

  • Memphis Law's first-time takers had the highest passage rate in the state for the July 2011 bar exam, 92.59 percent. Congratulations to our recent grads! Read more here>>

  • Shayla Purifoy (JD 08), a staff attorney with Memphis Area Legal Services, received the 2011 Advocate of the Year Award from the TN Alliance for Legal Services.

  • Congratulations to Professor Lee Harris, Memphis City councilman for District 7! Read more about his victory in the Commercial Appeal.

  • The Ben F. Jones Chapter of the National Bar Association honored Dean Yolanda Ingram, Judge Bernice Donald (JD 74) and Gregory Duckett (JD 85) at its annual Barrister's Ball in early November.

  • At the annual Memphis Bar Association Fellow's Reception in early October, the Irvin Bogatin Social Justice Award was presented to Danielle McCollum (JD 11) and Claude Gatebuke (1L). Read more here. 

  • Memphis Law is hosting the 2012 National Trial Regional Competition, February 17-19. Contact mootcourt@memphis.edu for information about sponsorship opportunities, judging the competition or volunteering to serve as a witness.

  • The Memphis Law Review's March 30, 2012 Symposium will discuss death penalty issues, including the "West Memphis Three" Case.

  • The Public Action Law Society celebrated Pro-Bono Month this October. Read more here. 

  • Senator Lamar Alexander spoke at the law school on Thursday, Sept. 29 to more than 100 students, faculty and staff. To learn more about his visit, read articles from The Daily News, The Commercial Appeal and the Memphis Flyer

  • Memphis Law would like to congratulate the following people for being named in the Memphis Business Journal's "Top 40 Under 40": Taylor Berger (JD 07), Hemant Gupta (JD 05), Professor Daniel Kiel, and Legal Methods Adjunct Professor Kevin Ritz.
     
  • The Honorable Bernice Donald (JD 74), a Memphis federal judge, was elevated to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals on Sept. 6, 2011. Read more in the Commercial Appeal, Daily News and the ABA Journal. We are proud to call Judge Donald one of our own!

  • The quality of life at Memphis Law has been ranked seventh in the nation by The Princeton Review.  The organization’s “Best Quality of Life” designation is based on currently enrolled students’ answers to questions about a variety of factors.

  • Adjunct Professor Stephen McDaniel (JD 73) has been listed in the 2012 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the practice areas of Litigation - Trusts & Estates and Trusts and Estates.

  • Memphis Law once again named a "Best Value" by preLaw Magazine. Read more in the MBJ.

  • David L. Bearman (JD 96) received the 2011 Pro Bono Attorney of the Year Award for the Memphis chapter of his firm. Read more in the Daily News.

  • Memphis Law joins with the Tennessee legal community in mourning the loss of Justice Adolpho A. Birch, Jr. Justice Birch was truly an inspiration to us all. Reflections on the life and legacy of Justice Birch can be found here.

  • Corey Strong is the first recipient of the Dr. Benjamin L. Hooks Scholarship. Read about it in the Commercial Appeal. 

  • Allie Prescott (JD 76) has been appointed president of the UM Alumni Association National Executive Board of Directors.

  • The class of 2014 was welcomed at orientation in August. To read more click here.
  • Memphis Law names five new faculty.

  • The Law School has been named in the top 10 of the "nation's most popular law programs" by U.S. News and World Report.

  • Michael Joiner (JD 09) was featured in an article in the Daily News about his journey from being a truck driver to an attorney.

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