It’s been twenty years since Volunteers began serving others during spring break. A team of students and supervisors is heading back to Miami this weekend—where it all began—as well as to Tallahassee, Florida, and Washington, DC, to continue the twenty-year tradition of Tennessee Volunteers volunteering during their spring break. Students from the colleges of law and nursing, and from the campus’s Habitat for Humanity chapter area also getting involved.
College of Law News
The College of Law is one of the nation’s top 50 schools, according to recently released rankings by the National Law Journal. The college ranked fiftieth in the journal’s top 50 “Go-To Law Schools” list. The list includes public and private schools. The publication surveyed 250 of the nation’s largest law firms to compile the rankings.
As part of Faculty Appreciation Week, get to know Scott Childs and Amy Hess in the College of Law. Childs works in three rapidly evolving fields: law, library science, and technology. Hess specializes in trusts and estates, property, and taxation.
The current Supreme Court may be criticized for its lack of diversity on the bench, but according to a study conducted by UT law professor Ben Barton, the Court is actually more diverse overall today than ever in history. The study, published in the Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, borrows statistical methods from ecology to reveal a more precise picture of diversity.
Wars. Major storms. Terrorist attacks. With all of these making frequent headlines, UT is hosting a timely two-day multidisciplinary symposium on disasters, displacement, and migration, and human rights February 8 and 9.
Doug Blaze, dean of UT’s College of Law, has received the 2012 Deborah Rhode Award from the American Association of Law Schools. The award honors a dean or faculty member who has dedicated significant efforts to increasing access to justice through the law school environment while inspiring similar efforts from others.
UT’s College of Law is one of the best and most affordable law schools in the nation, according to two prestigious publications. The college has been listed in both the Princeton Review’s “Best 168 Law Schools” and On Being A Black Lawyer’s “Black Student’s Guide to Law Schools.”
The merger of health reform, technology, and expanding civil rights is forcing government to re-evaluate the nation’s founding principles, such as the right “to be let alone.” A talk by alumni Jim Pyles, co-founder of one of the oldest free-standing health law firms in the country, will address this situation during a talk at noon on Friday, November 2, in the College of Law Room 132.
Hurricane Sandy has pre-empted the appearance of David Prouty, the chief labor counsel for the Major League Baseball Players Association, who was scheduled to speak at the College of Law today. His presentation will be rescheduled at a later date.
The chief labor counsel for the Major League Baseball Players Association, David Prouty, will visit the College of Law on Monday, October 29, to discuss “Lawyering in the Big Leagues.” Prouty’s presentation is at noon in Room 242 of the College of Law and is open to the public. Prouty is a leading contributor to the American Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Law section and frequently guest lectures at law schools nationwide.