National Teaching Award Goes to UT Law Prof

KNOXVILLE — A University of Tennessee law professor has been recognized as one of the nation’s top trial advocacy teachers.

Jerry P. Black Jr. is recipient of the 2002 Roscoe Pound Institute-s Richard S. Jacobson Award for Excellence in Teaching Trial Advocacy. He will receive the award July 21 at the Pound Institute’s annual dinner in Atlanta.

Dr. Jerry P. Black

Black, a UT faculty member since 1976, teaches criminal advocacy, criminal law, evidence and trial practice. He earned the B.A. from Southwestern at Memphis in 1965 and the J.D. degree from Vanderbilt University in 1968.

The former director UT’s Legal Clinic and the college-s Center for Advocacy and Dispute Resolution, he received UT-s Harold C. Warner Outstanding Faculty Service Award in 1991 and 1998 and the college’s Forrest W. Lacey Award in 1996-97.

Black has served as staff attorney for Legal Services of Nashville, director of Clinical Programs at Vanderbilt University and executive director of the Knoxville Legal Aid Society.

The Pound Institute, established in 1956 in honor of the former Harvard Law School dean, seeks to strengthen trial law programs and research and promote a balanced view of the U.S. civil justice system.

The Jacobson award, named for the institute’s former executive director, was established in 1984.