College of Law News

Blaze to Serve Last Year as Dean of the College of Law

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Doug Blaze is beginning his final year as dean of the College of Law. He has decided to return to teaching full time. The search for a new dean is underway. The goal is to fill the position by July 2015. Bob Rider, dean of the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences, is chairing the search.

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

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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.

Tennessee Supreme Court Chief Justice Wade Establishes UT Scholarship

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Gary Wade, chief justice of the Tennessee Supreme Court, has established a scholarship to support students at the UT College of Law who are interested in a career in public service. The Justice Gary R. Wade Endowed Scholarship is open to students currently enrolled at or admitted to the College of Law who are Tennessee residents with financial need and express a strong interest in public service.

Siblings Who Fled War-Torn Bosnia as Kids are Now Both UT Law Grads

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As young children, siblings Goran and Nina Musinovic were forced to flee from their home in Sarajevo, Bosnia, during the civil war in Yugoslavia. Supporting each other along the way, they immigrated to America, overcame the language barrier, excelled as undergraduates at UT, and went on to study in the College of Law. Goran graduated in 2009 and today his sister, Nina, receives her law degree.

Provost’s Office Working on “S” Designation for Service-Learning Courses

The Provost’s Service-Learning Office is working on a plan to give an “S” designation to approved courses with a service-learning component. The application process was piloted this spring by nine faculty members, each representing a different college. The university already has many courses that employ service-learning, and the service-learning office is developing mechanisms to enhance the support and recognition of faculty who do this work.

Commencements Feature Notable Speakers, Including Pulitzer Winner

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Alumnus and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist John Noble Wilford will receive an honorary doctorate during this semester’s commencement ceremonies. Wilford, a 1955 journalism graduate, will receive an honorary doctorate of letters and science at the College of Communication and Information ceremony on May 7. He headlines the list of accomplished speakers at this spring’s college ceremonies, which begin May 7 and run through May 10. More than 3,800 undergraduate and graduate students will receive degrees at thirteen college ceremonies this spring.

Law Dean Doug Blaze Tapped to Chair Access to Justice Commission

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Doug Blaze, dean of the College of Law, has been appointed chair of the state Access to Justice Commission. Blaze has been a member of the commission since its inception in April 2009. He will serve as chair until March 31, 2016. The Access to Justice Commission was created by the Tennessee Supreme Court to develop and implement a strategic plan for improving access to justice in Tennessee.

UT Law Graduates Fare Well in ABA Employment Survey

Recent UT College of Law graduates fare better than law graduates nationwide when it comes to being employed in full-time jobs requiring bar passage. UT law graduates are also more likely than their counterparts nationwide to be employed in private practice law firms. Those are among the results in a recent survey of Class of 2013 law school graduates nationwide by the American Bar Association.

US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia to Visit UT Law on April 15

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Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia will be at UT to present the annual Rose Lecture on Tuesday, April 15. The event will take place at noon in the Alumni Memorial Building’s Cox Auditorium. Sponsored by UT’s College of Law, the lecture is open to law students, faculty, staff, and alumni, as well as members of the federal, state, and local judiciary, university administrators, and other members of the campus community.