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Third-year law student Brittany Thomas is busy planning for spring break. But she won’t be hitting the beach. Rather, she’ll be overseeing projects around the state to help women immigrants renew their visas and help soldiers write their wills. For years of efforts like these, Thomas has been named Law Student Volunteer of the Year by the Tennessee Bar Association.
James Haslam II—former UT football star, founder of Pilot Corp., philanthropist and father of Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam—will be the featured speaker on Thursday, January 19, at the Sword and Scales event at the College of Law. Sword and Scales is a social outreach and networking organization for UT law students.
For the second straight month, UT’s College of Law tops all US law schools in the number of new downloads per paper posted to the Social Science Research Network (SSRN) in the last twelve months. SSRN is a website that promotes scholarship in economics, finance, accounting, management, and law. It contains more than 300,000 documents.
From Watergate to the Twin Towers, attorney Bernie Nussbaum has been involved in many headline-making cases during his long career. Nussbaum will visit UT Knoxville for the annual Wyc and Lyn Orr Lecture, which will take place at noon on Friday, November 18, in room 132 of the College of Law. The event is free and open to the public.
UT Knoxville’s College of Law is one of the nation’s Best Value Law Schools, according to “National Jurist” magazine. The magazine annually ranks schools by weighing bar passage rates and job placement figures with tuition and average indebtedness upon graduation. The UT College of Law is ranked fourteenth on the 2011 list.
When Michael Steidl was in the US Army, he spent a considerable amount of time in Iraq—doing routine military work, overseeing construction projects, and eventually, advising senior Iraqi military officers. What Steidl saw in Iraq fueled his desire to study law with the hopes of becoming a state prosecutor. He is now working on his law degree at UT Knoxville.
The Fourth Circuit Court for Knox County will hold Order of Protection Day, an effort to raise awareness about domestic violence, on Thursday, October 27, at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, College of Law. Judge Bill Swann and two Special Masters will be at UT all day hearing requests for orders of protection in cases alleging domestic violence and related problems.
Azizah al-Hibri, a professor at the T.C. Williams School of Law, University of Richmond, Virginia, an expert on women’s rights and Islam, will speak at UT Knoxville on September 21 and 22. Wednesday’s lecture, “Arabic Civilization and the Founding Fathers: A Fresh Examination,” is free and open to the public. Thursday’s lecture, “Islam, Liberty, and the Rule of Law,” is open to faculty, students, and staff.
The University of Tennessee College of Law has welcomed its most diverse class in the college’s history. Of the 160 students enrolled for the Class of 2014, 46 of them, or 29 percent, are students of color. Class members range in age from 21 to 65. Approximately 42 percent of the class is female and 58 percent is male, tracking the national applicant pool that is predominantly male this year. The Class of 2014, one of the college’s largest, was selected from nearly 1,300 applicants.