College of Law News

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.

Law Professor: Legal Profession’s Challenges Bring Benefits


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.

Law Professor Calls ‘Watchman’ a ‘Novel to Celebrate’

Knoxville News Sentinel

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.

Heminway Shares Insight with Vice, Tribune-Review

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.

Supreme Court Rulings Put Experts in Spotlight

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.

Law Student Is Preparing for Takeoff with RAM


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.