By Gabrielle Maxey
Sheri Lipman, University counsel at the University of Memphis, was awarded the Allen
J. Hammond Presidential Service Award during Faculty Convocation April 20.
As University Counsel, Lipman represents the U of M in all matters that might have
legal ramifications for the University. She has been involved in the complex transfer
of Lambuth University to the U of M and the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law’s move
to the former U.S. Post Office/Customs House downtown.
Before joining the University in 1999, Lipman was in private practice at Reed Smith
Shaw & McClay in Washington, D.C., as well as Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs and Burch, Porter
& Johnson in Memphis, handling white-collar criminal defense matters and employment
and commercial litigation cases. She took a sabbatical from the practice of law to
serve as vice president of comprehensive services for the Memphis Race Relations and
Diversity Institution, a non-profit organization created to help businesses understand
the importance of diversity initiatives to their bottom-line.
Lipman is a graduate of the University of Michigan and New York University School
of Law, a former law clerk to the Judge Julia S. Gibbons, a member of the Leadership
Memphis Class of 1995, and, in 1998, was chosen by the Memphis Business Journal as one of the City’s “Top 40 Under 40.” She is also a fellow in the Memphis and Shelby
County Bar Foundation, and previously served as a master of the Leo S. Bearman Sr.
American Inn of Court. Lipman has been very active in the community, and currently
serves on the boards of directors of the Tennessee Shakespeare Company, the Memphis
Jewish Federation, Facing History and Ourselves and the Memphis Child Advocacy Center.
Lipman has been an adjunct professor in the University’s College of Education, Health
and Human Sciences, and currently teaches sports law at the Cecil C. Humphreys School
“Sheri Lipman is receiving the Hammond Award for her significant and exemplary service
to the University of Memphis since 1999,” said Dr. Shirley Raines, U of M president.
“Whether in the courtroom or the classroom, mentoring students or colleagues, monitoring
compliance or helping counsel in difficult personnel matters, Ms. Lipman is the consummate
professional and extraordinary leader and thinker on behalf of the University of Memphis.”
The Hammond Award is not given every year, but is reserved for special recognition
of people who have rendered significant service to the University. Once called the
Presidential Award for Exceptional Service, the name of the award was changed to honor
Allen J. Hammond, the University's late director of student financial aid.