College of Law News

UT’s Blamey, McKanders, Patterson on “Forty under Forty” List

Two UT employees have made the Greater Knoxville Business Journal’s “Forty under Forty” list of young community leaders. They are Ashley Blamey, director of the Safety, Environment and Education Center, and Karla McKanders, associate professor of law.

College of Law Wills Clinic Open to East Tennesseans

The College of Law’s Homer A. Jones Jr. Wills Clinic has been providing estate-planning services to East Tennesseans of modest means since 2009. Under supervision, students prepare wills, powers of attorney, living wills, and other estate planning documents free of charge for clients, including nonexempt university staff, who meet certain financial and other guidelines.

College of Law to Host Admissions Workshop on September 4

Potential law school applicants in East Tennessee are invited to attend a Law School Admission Workshop and Recruitment Fair on September 4 at the College of Law. The workshop is free and no preregistration is necessary. The workshop includes a panel discussion about the admissions process, financing a legal education, and preparing for the LSAT, and a Q & A with admissions officers.

College of Law Ranks Among Most Efficient

The UT College of Law is the eighth most efficient law school in the nation, according to a new ranking by U.S. News and World Report. The new ranking compares its list of U.S. News “Best Law Schools 2014″ in per student expenditures, such as faculty and staff salaries, library services, and financial aid.

UT Law Elects New Members to Alumni Council

The UT College of Law has added fourteen members to its Alumni Council. The Alumni Council connects students with professionals, maintains a mutually beneficial relationship between the College of Law community and its alumni, and advances loyalty and financial support for the College of Law’s annual giving program.

UT Awards Honorary Degree to First Amendment Champion John Seigenthaler

The university awarded renowned journalist John Seigenthaler an honorary doctorate today at the College of Law’s commencement ceremony. This event was a highlight of a full week of ceremonies, which conclude Saturday. More than 3,730 undergraduate and graduate students are receiving degrees this week. The College of Law ceremony also featured Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander, who provided the keynote address.

Law Student Recalls Panama Roots, Appreciates Rule of Law

As he prepares to graduate from the College of Law, Carlos Yunsan says he feels like he’s come full circle. Growing up in Panama, he saw the lawlessness of dictator Manuel Noriega’s regime. And, he said, the fall of the dictatorship in 1989 is etched in his memory. “Coming to law school is, in a way, coming back to that and remembering that it’s important for a country to be ruled by law,” he said.

Honorary Degrees, Notable Speakers Highlight Spring Commencements

UT will award two honorary degrees and welcome a host of accomplished speakers at this spring’s commencement ceremonies, which begin May 8. Honorary degrees will be awarded to renowned journalist John Seigenthaler at the College of Law commencement and to opera singer Mary Costa, known as the voice of Sleeping Beauty, at the College of Arts and Sciences commencement. More than 3,730 undergraduate and graduate students will receive degrees at thirteen college ceremonies this spring.