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.
College of Law News
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.
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.
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.
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.
While consumer-friendly technologies have given artists a greater venue for their work, they’ve also made it more difficult for artists to safeguard their work and be fairly compensated for it. These issues are among those that will be addressed at “Metamorphosis: How Technology is Reshaping Entertainment,” an entertainment law conference to be held on Saturday, March 31, at the College of Law.
Two College of Law alumni with broad experience inside the Beltway will visit campus on Wednesday, March 14, to share their experiences. Chuck Fleischmann and Jo-Marie St. Martin will speak on “Inside Washington” at noon in Room 132 of the College of Law. The event is free and open to the public.
Alberto Gonzales, former U.S. attorney general, will speak at UT on Wednesday, February 22. Gonzales now works with the firm of Waller Lansden Dorch & Davis in Nashville, where he assists clients in governmental investigation and relations. The event is free and open to the public.
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Third-year law student Brittany Thomas is busy planning for spring break. But she won’t be hitting the beach. Rather, she’ll be overseeing projects around the state to help women immigrants renew their visas and help soldiers write their wills. For years of efforts like these, Thomas has been named Law Student Volunteer of the Year by the Tennessee Bar Association.