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.
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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.
The chief labor counsel for the Major League Baseball Players Association, David Prouty, will visit the College of Law on Monday, April 15, to discuss “Lawyering in the Big Leagues.” He will speak at noon in Room 135 and at 4:30 in Room 237 at the College of Law. Both talks are open to the public.
Law students and Y-12 benefit from the UT/Y-12 Field Placement Program, a unique collaboration between Y-12 and the College of Law.
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.
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.