Today’s legal profession faces a number of challenges, including a smaller job market and fewer law school applicants. But College of Law Professor Benjamin Barton argues that these struggles may transform the practice of law and benefit American consumers.
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Distinguished Professor of Law Judy Cornett combines her legal expertise with a passion for literature. She was interviewed by the News Sentinel about this week’s release of Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman and the character of Atticus Finch.
Joan MacLeod Heminway, W.P. Toms Distinguished Professor of Law, spoke with Vice on the new Tennessee law that allows people to break into parked cars to save animals believed to be in danger from heatstroke. Heminway also spoke to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review about issues of disclosure in a land deal by Mylan NV.
Last week’s Supreme Court ruling granting marriage rights to same-sex couples put two College of Law professors in the spotlight. Professor Wendy Bach spoke with WUOT, WATE and the News Sentinel. Michael Higdon was interviewed by WBIR and the Commercial Appeal. Richard Pacelle, Supreme Court expert and political science professor, also was interviewed by the News Sentinel.
Two of the driving forces behind the College of Law’s Education Law Practicum were recently honored by the disABILITY Resource Center for their work in the community.
Dakotah Brown is poised for takeoff with Remote Area Medical—a job that will allow him to blend his love of flying with his training in the law. Brown is a first-generation licensed pilot from Tellico Plains, Tennessee. He received his bachelor’s degree in political science UT in 2012, and he will graduate from the College of Law on Friday.
Two soon-to-be graduates of College of Law are a step closer to becoming judge advocates in the US Marine Corps. William Bateman, of Memphis, and Marc Napolitana, of Westford, Massachusetts, will graduate from the College of Law on Friday.
College of Law Professor Dean Rivkin spoke before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, April 22, about whether states have been allowed to take juvenile-justice grant money while violating laws against jailing kids for minor infractions.
UT will award an honorary degree to a national advocate for children and welcome leaders in business, healthcare, and government for spring commencement ceremonies set for May 6–8.
Paul Butler, a nationally recognized expert on issues of race and criminal justice, will deliver the 2015 Charles H. Miller Lecture in Professional Responsibility at UT’s College of Law.