College of Law News

Law Graduate Writes Column About Refugee Crisis

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Alumnus William Carey Bateman III (’15) has been working in Budapest, Hungary, over the past few weeks, witnessing firsthand the refugee crisis in Europe. He recently described his experiences in a guest column for The Commercial Appeal.

Unique Faculty Group Tackling Water Resource Challenges

The Watershed Faculty Consortium is hosting its fourth symposium on water availability on Tuesday, September 15. This year’s event will focus on policy and its impact on environmental laws and water needs.

Wolitz Discusses Kim Davis Case with WATE


David Wolitz, associate professor of law, spoke to WATE on September 4 about Kentucky clerk Kim Davis’ rights under the First Amendment to deny same-sex marriage licenses out of her Rowan County office. Davis was recently jailed after a judge found her in contempt of court and ruled that she could not disobey the law by refusing to issue same-sex marriage licenses.

Law Graduate Interviewed for US News and World Report Podcast

Tricia Dennis, a College of Law graduate, talks about her thirty-year career as a personal injury attorney and the challenges of maintaining a solo practice, along with how she’s dealt with sexist attorneys in a podcast from the I Am the Law blog of US News and World Report.

On June Twenty-Sixth: A Historic Decision

“I’m a little bit superstitious sometimes,” said Val Tanco. “When I have hunches of something big, it usually ends up being right.” On a hunch, Tanco and her wife, Sophy Jesty, kept their daughter Emilia out of day care the morning of June 26 and asked their friend and attorney Regina Lambert to meet them at the College of Veterinary Medicine, where they are both assistant professors.

McKanders Questions Trump’s Immigration Plan

Karla McKanders, associate professor of law and director of the UT Law Immigration Clinic, spoke to WBIR on August 21 about Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s immigration reform plan, which includes ending birthright citizenship of children born to undocumented immigrants. Trump uses the controversial term “anchor babies” to describe these children.