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.
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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.
US Senator Saxby Chambliss of Georgia, a 1968 graduate of UT’s College of Law, will be on campus October 4 to talk about his eighteen years on Capitol Hill. Chambliss will speak at noon in the Baker Donelson Classroom (Room 132) of the College of Law.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
As final exams draw near, many areas of campus are offering ways to help students focus, unwind, or both. And while the first step of being ready for finals is staying healthy, students will have activities ranging from ice cream socials to puppy play time to help soothe their frazzled nerves. Classes end this Friday. Monday, April 29, is a study day. Finals begin Tuesday, April 30.