Azizah al-Hibri, a professor at the T.C. Williams School of Law, University of Richmond, Virginia, an expert on women’s rights and Islam, will speak at UT Knoxville on September 21 and 22. Wednesday’s lecture, “Arabic Civilization and the Founding Fathers: A Fresh Examination,” is free and open to the public. Thursday’s lecture, “Islam, Liberty, and the Rule of Law,” is open to faculty, students, and staff.
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The University of Tennessee College of Law has welcomed its most diverse class in the college’s history. Of the 160 students enrolled for the Class of 2014, 46 of them, or 29 percent, are students of color. Class members range in age from 21 to 65. Approximately 42 percent of the class is female and 58 percent is male, tracking the national applicant pool that is predominantly male this year. The Class of 2014, one of the college’s largest, was selected from nearly 1,300 applicants.
Potential law school applicants are invited to attend the Law School Admission Workshop and Recruitment Fair on Wednesday, Sept. 7, at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Anyone considering law as a career or who is specifically interested in the law school admissions process should plan to attend.
Commencement is an exciting time for many families of UT Knoxville students. This year, one family is experiencing that excitement threefold. The McFarland family, from Nashville, has three sons graduating within a two-day span. Brothers Matthew, Patrick, and Thomas are receiving degrees during commencement ceremonies Thursday and today.
In the wake of WikiLeaks’ release of thousands of the United States’ secret documents, legislation has been submitted to broaden the 1917 Espionage Act to criminalize the possession or dissemination of leaked classified information. A special panel of legal and journalism experts will gather at 7 p.m. Monday, April 4 to discuss the ramifications of such a change. Free and open to the public, the panel discussion will take place in the College of Communication and Information Auditorium (Room 321).
A $150,000 gift made by a Bristol, Tenn., native will support community members in need of estate planning through the wills clinic at the UT Knoxville College of Law. The clinic, which gives law students real-world experience in trust and estate matters through their work with economically disadvantaged clients in the area, will be renamed the Homer A. Jones Jr. ACTEC Wills Clinic in honor of Jones’ contribution.
The UT Knoxville College of Law raised nearly $7,000 for the Julian Blackshear Jr. Scholarship Fund at the 11th annual Blackshear Gala on Saturday, March 5. The scholarship, named for the college’s third African-American graduate, helps recruit and retain outstanding African-American students. The College of Law also honored its first African American graduate, R.B.J. Campbelle Jr., with a posthumous award for his exemplary service to equity and justice.
John Walker Lindh, a 20-year-old American from California, was captured while fighting for the Taliban in December 2001. He was indicted by a federal grand jury on 10 charges. It became known as the case of the “American Taliban,” and Lindh’s attorney, James J. Brosnahan, will speak at the UT Knoxville College of Law on Tuesday, March 22.
Saul Levmore, a distinguished professor and former dean at the University of Chicago Law School, will visit the UT Knoxville College of Law on Feb. 21-22. Levmore, who is serving as this year’s Order of the Coif Distinguished Visitor, will address the legal and campus communities on Monday, Feb. 21, from noon to 1 p.m.
Faculty Appreciation Week College Kudos: Get to know Associate Professor Karla McKanders and Associate Professor Paula Schaefer from the College of Law.