College of Law News

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.

College of Law Wills Clinic Offers Estate Planning Services

The College of Law’s Homer A. Jones Jr. Wills Clinic has been providing estate-planning services to East Tennesseans of modest means since 2009. Under supervision, students prepare wills, powers of attorney, living wills, and other estate planning documents free of charge for clients who meet certain financial and other guidelines. The Wills Clinic accepts nonexempt university staff as time permits and provided that the staff members meet all of the clinic’s guidelines.

College of Law to Host Admissions Workshop, Recruitment Fair on Sept. 5

Potential law school applicants in East Tennessee are invited to attend a Law School Admission Workshop and Recruitment Fair on Wednesday, September 5, at the College of Law. The workshop is free and no preregistration is necessary. Attendees will learn how to best prepare for law school, discuss the application process, and meet representatives from law schools across the Southeast.

Big Idea: Law Student Pushed for College Access

Tayo Atanda

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.