College of Law News

3 UT law students help fight wrongful convictions


UT law students work on old cases through the Innocence and Wrongful Convictions Clinic. The program can be found at colleges across America.  WBIR-TV‘s Heidi Wigdahl takes a look inside the program and students’ work with one wrongful conviction case that freed wrongly convicted Margo Freshwater.

Memphis Mayor to Deliver Keynote at UT Law’s Fifteenth Blackshear Gala

City of Memphis Mayor A.C. Wharton will deliver the keynote address at the fifteenth annual Julian Blackshear Jr. Scholarship Gala, which recognizes and celebrates students and alumni who have positively impacted the UT College of Law through their commitment to diversity.

College of Law Wills Clinic Accepting Clients

Since the fall of 2009, the Homer A. Jones Jr. Wills Clinic at the UT College of Law has been providing estate planning services to East Tennesseans of modest means.

Law Student Awarded Latino Civil Rights Scholarship

juan-quevedo-headshotJuan Cristóbal Quevedo, a second-year student at the College of Law, was one of twelve students nationwide to be awarded the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund Law School Scholarship. Quevedo, the only scholarship recipient from a law school in the Southeast, is an immigrant from Mexico who successfully coordinated his family’s seven-year immigration case.

Melanie D. Wilson Named College of Law Dean

Melanie D. Wilson, professor of law, associate dean for academic affairs, and director of diversity and inclusion at the University of Kansas School of Law, will be the new dean of the UT College of Law. Wilson will begin on July 1, 2015.

Immigrants face major hurdles in signing up to new Obama plan

Law students and Associate Professor of Law Karla McKanders have been interviewed by Reuters, WBIR-TV, and the Knoxville News Sentinel about President Obama’s immigration plan. “If the past is any indication, it’s going to be a significant increase in people asking for legal assistance,” McKanders, who runs the immigration law clinic at the College of

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Warren Buffett Expert, Clayton Homes Founder to Speak at UT Law

Lawrence Cunningham, a best-selling author of books about Warren Buffett and Berkshire Hathaway Inc., will visit the UT College of Law on Monday, November 3, to discuss his new book, Berkshire Beyond Buffett: The Enduring Value of Values. Joining Cunningham will be UT Law alumnus Jim Clayton, the founder and former CEO of Clayton Homes Inc., which Berkshire Hathaway acquired in 2003.

College of Law Dean Candidate Visits Campus October 14

John A. Lovett, a candidate for dean of the College of Law, will lead a public forum from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, October 14, in College of Law Classroom 132. Lovett is the De Van D. Daggett Jr. Distinguished Professor and the associate dean for faculty development and faculty academic affairs at the Loyola University New Orleans College of Law. Once all candidates have completed their visits, archived video of the presentations will be posted on the Office of the Provost’s website.