College of Law News

MLB Players’ Lawyer To Speak at Law School

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.

Supreme Court Associate Justice Elena Kagan to Speak at UT This Week


Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan will be on campus this week to present the annual Rose Lecture. The event will take place at 1:00 p.m. Friday, October 19, in the Alumni Memorial Building Cox Auditorium. Sponsored by the 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.

College of Law Wills Clinic Offers Estate Planning Services

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 who meet certain financial and other guidelines. The Wills Clinic accepts nonexempt university staff as time permits and provided that the staff members meet all of the clinic’s guidelines.

College of Law to Host Admissions Workshop, Recruitment Fair on Sept. 5

Potential law school applicants in East Tennessee are invited to attend a Law School Admission Workshop and Recruitment Fair on Wednesday, September 5, at the College of Law. The workshop is free and no preregistration is necessary. Attendees will learn how to best prepare for law school, discuss the application process, and meet representatives from law schools across the Southeast.

Big Idea: Law Student Pushed for College Access

Tayo Atanda

Today, Tayo Atanda graduates from the College of Law and envisions a future where he’ll influence public policy. But even before he got to UT, he was a community organizer. Wanting to ensure that Nashville high school students from low-income families were encouraged in their college aspirations, Atanda and other young people conducted a study on why only 35 percent of East Nashville high school students were enrolling in college.

Secretary of Navy to Address UT College of Law Graduates Friday

Ray Mabus

Ray Mabus, the 75th US Secretary of the Navy, will address graduates at the College of Law’s spring hooding ceremony on Friday, May 11, at Thompson Boling Arena. The ceremony begins at 5:00 p.m. Approximately 150 graduates will receive law degrees. As secretary, Mabus leads the Navy and Marine Corps. He oversees almost 900,000 people and an annual budget in excess of $150 billion.

UT Printmaking Class Wants You to ‘Know Your Rights’

The latest project of the printmaking studio is popping up on campus and may soon spread into the city to help people learn about their rights. The intermediate print workshop class, under guidance of Chancellor’s Professor Beauvais Lyons, recently finished a project based on the American Civil Liberties Union’s “Know Your Rights” campaign.

New UT College of Law Course Focuses on Attorneys General

The College of Law is giving students a closer look at the work of states’ attorneys general through a pilot program that combines classroom instruction with a summer externship experience. The college will provide a sneak peek of the program at noon on Tuesday, March 27, at the College of Law with speakers Bob Cooper and Jim Hood, attorneys general in Tennessee and Mississippi, respectively.

UT College of Law to Host Twelfth Annual Blackshear Gala

Later this month, the College of Law will honor students and alumni who are making strides to increase diversity within the program. The twelfth annual Julian Blackshear Jr. Scholarship Gala will be at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 31, at the Downtown Holiday Inn. The college has hosted the event annually since 2001 in honor of one of its first African American graduates, Julian Blackshear Jr.