Contact: Gabrielle Maxey
April 30, 2014 – Today the U.S. Senate approved the nomination of Sheri Lipman, University
counsel and interim chief of staff, to become U.S. District Judge for the Western
District of Tennessee. She will end her career at the University on May 9, and will
assume the bench shortly thereafter.
Lipman graduated from the University of Michigan in 1984 and received a JD from the
New York University School of Law in 1987. After clerking for Judge Julia S. Gibbons,
she had a distinguished legal practice with the Reed Smith law firm in Washington,
D.C., and in Memphis at the firms of Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs and Burch, Porter & Johnson.
Lipman also has served as vice president of comprehensive services at the Memphis
Race Relations & Diversity Institute.
She joined the University of Memphis in 1999 and became University counsel in 2002.
In conjunction with her responsibilities as counsel, she has overseen many important
strategic initiatives, including the relocation of the Cecil C. Humphreys School of
Law to its current downtown location, the athletic conference realignment activities,
and the acquisition of Lambuth University.
Lipman also serves an adjunct professor at the Law School. In 2012, she received the
Allen J. Hammond award for exceptional service to the University.
In addition to her legal responsibilities, during this past year Lipman has served
as chief of staff for the Office of the President. “Her extraordinary leadership skills,
keen intellect and collaborative style have served the University of Memphis extremely
well during this pivotal time in our history,” said U of M Interim President Brad