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.
College of Law News
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.
The UT Knoxville College of Law will host a special event next month to honor students and alumni who are making strides to increase diversity in the program. The 11th annual Julian Blackshear Jr. Scholarship Gala will be at 5:30 p.m., Saturday, March 5 at The Foundry in World’s Fair Park.
Attending law school is a huge financial undertaking. Thanks to a $1 million gift, the UT Knoxville College of Law can now provide more help to students with demonstrated financial need. Tennessee native Carl Colloms, a 1966 UT law graduate, donated the $1 million gift.
Proving that its students are among the best in the country, a UT Knoxville College of Law moot court team placed second in the nation in the 61st annual Moot Court Competition at the New York City Bar Association last week.