College of Law News

National Law Journal: College of Law Among Nation’s Top 50 Schools

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.

Inspiring Ideas: College of Law

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.

NIMBioS Study Puts Supreme Court Under the Microscope

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.

Law Dean, Doug Blaze, Honored by AALS for Pro Bono Commitment


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.

College of Law Praised for Affordability, Diversity

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.”

Law Lecture on Health Reform, Civil Rights

Jim Pyles

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.

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.