Doug Blaze News

Melanie D. Wilson Named College of Law Dean

Melanie D. Wilson

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.

College of Law on The National Jurist‘s Best Value List; Rankings Due in September

UT’s College of Law is one of the nation’s fifty-four best value law schools, according to The National Jurist magazine. The magazine looks at a number of academic and financial variables, including the law school’s tuition, student debt accumulation, employment success, bar passage rate, and cost of living. Employment is given the greatest weight, 35 percent, because of recent woes in hiring.

Blaze to Serve Last Year as Dean of the College of Law


Doug Blaze is beginning his final year as dean of the College of Law. He has decided to return to teaching full time. The search for a new dean is underway. The goal is to fill the position by July 2015. Bob Rider, dean of the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences, is chairing the search.

Black-Pierce Award Recognizes Law Student’s Pro Bono, Public Interest Work

Carl Pierce, left, looks on as Jerry Black presents the Black-Pierce Award to Brooke Burke.

Law Professors Jerry Black and Carl Pierce retired this summer and, in their honor, an award was established to recognize a third-year law student who is active in pro bono and public interest work and intent on pursuing a career in the field. The 2014 award was presented to recent graduate Brooke Boyd.

Tennessee Supreme Court Chief Justice Wade Establishes UT Scholarship


Gary Wade, chief justice of the Tennessee Supreme Court, has established a scholarship to support students at the UT College of Law who are interested in a career in public service. The Justice Gary R. Wade Endowed Scholarship is open to students currently enrolled at or admitted to the College of Law who are Tennessee residents with financial need and express a strong interest in public service.

Law Dean Doug Blaze Tapped to Chair Access to Justice Commission


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.