Alumnus and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist John Noble Wilford will receive an honorary doctorate during this semester’s commencement ceremonies. Wilford, a 1955 journalism graduate, will receive an honorary doctorate of letters and science at the College of Communication and Information ceremony on May 7. He headlines the list of accomplished speakers at this spring’s college ceremonies, which begin May 7 and run through May 10. More than 3,800 undergraduate and graduate students will receive degrees at thirteen college ceremonies this spring.
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Doug Blaze, dean of the College of Law, has been appointed chair of the state Access to Justice Commission. Blaze has been a member of the commission since its inception in April 2009. He will serve as chair until March 31, 2016. The Access to Justice Commission was created by the Tennessee Supreme Court to develop and implement a strategic plan for improving access to justice in Tennessee.
Recent UT College of Law graduates fare better than law graduates nationwide when it comes to being employed in full-time jobs requiring bar passage. UT law graduates are also more likely than their counterparts nationwide to be employed in private practice law firms. Those are among the results in a recent survey of Class of 2013 law school graduates nationwide by the American Bar Association.
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia will be at UT to present the annual Rose Lecture on Tuesday, April 15. The event will take place at noon in the Alumni Memorial Building’s Cox Auditorium. Sponsored by UT’s 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.
One of the fastest growing graduate programs at UT has again risen in the 2015 U.S. News and World Report graduate rankings released today. UT’s graduate program in nuclear engineering now ranks fifth among all universities in the nation. The supply chain management and logistics graduate program held steady at seventh place among public universities and eleventh place nationally, the same as last year.
UT College of Law is thirty-fourth on the National Law Journal‘s most recent “Go-To Law Schools” list, which ranks the top fifty law schools by the percentage of 2013 graduates who landed jobs at the country’s largest law firms.
“Empowering Yourself with a Legal Education from UT” is the theme of a workshop for prospective law students to be held Thursday, March 6, the UT College of Law. All activities will be held at the College of Law, 1505 West Cumberland Avenue. The event begins at 11:45 a.m. with registration and networking time with law students and admissions staff in the Cumberland Rotunda.
Many in the campus community are mourning the loss of Sally Carter, a supervisor of the College of Law Library, who died early Monday in an accident in the White Avenue Parking Garage. Carter began working at UT in 1979. She started at Hodges Library and transferred to the Law Library in 1981. Reba Best, associate director of the Law Library, said colleagues are remembering Carter’s “strong work ethic, her skill and love for her job, and her commitment to the Law Library and college.”
Jerry Black and Carl Pierce from the College of Law will each retire at the end of the semester after about forty years with the university.
Two UT employees have made the Greater Knoxville Business Journal’s “Forty under Forty” list of young community leaders. They are Ashley Blamey, director of the Safety, Environment and Education Center, and Karla McKanders, associate professor of law.