Carl Pierce News

Black-Pierce Award Recognizes Law Student’s Pro Bono, Public Interest Work

Carl Pierce, left, looks on as Jerry Black presents the Black-Pierce Award to Brooke Burke.

Law Professors Jerry Black and Carl Pierce retired this summer and, in their honor, an award was established to recognize a third-year law student who is active in pro bono and public interest work and intent on pursuing a career in the field. The 2014 award was presented to recent graduate Brooke Boyd.

UT Economist Matt Murray Tapped to Lead Baker Center

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Professor Matt Murray, associate director of the Center for Business and Economic Research at UT Knoxville, has been appointed director of the Howard H. Baker Center Jr. Center for Public Policy. He will begin immediately. Murray, the Ball Corporation Professor of Business, will take the place of Carl Pierce, who has directed the center since June 2009.

UT Baker Center, Churchill College Co-sponsor Conference in England

Several officials from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory are in England this week to participate in “The Legacy of the Cold War,” a conference jointly sponsored by the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy and the Churchill Archives Centre at Churchill College, University of Cambridge.

Baker Center to Host Conference on Future of National Parks

During the past 15 months, the National Park Second Century Commission has been studying the role the parks play in our culture and establishing a vision for their future. The commission’s report was issued in September. On Nov. 4-5, the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy at UT Knoxville, along with the National Parks Conservation Association, will bring together about 100 leaders from around the country to study the commission’s findings and begin looking at ways to implement its recommendations.

Law Professor Carl Pierce Named Interim Director of Baker Center

Law Professor Carl Pierce will serve as interim director of the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy, beginning June 1. Until Pierce’s arrival, Baker Center Associate Director Nissa Dahlin-Brown will serve as interim director. A past president of the UT Knoxville Faculty Senate, Pierce currently is serving as co-parliamentarian.