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.
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The College of Law launched a new institute this month to help students and recent graduates prepare for leadership roles in their careers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A renowned journalist and an opera singer known as the voice of Sleeping Beauty will receive honorary degrees in May. The Board of Trustees today approved the degrees for Tennessee natives John Seigenthaler and Mary Costa. Seigenthaler will receive an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree and speak at the College of Law commencement on May 10. Costa will speak and receive an Honorary Doctor of Humane and Musical Letters at the College of Arts and Science commencement on May 10.
The College of Law is giving students a closer look at the work of states’ attorneys general through a pilot program that combines classroom instruction with a summer externship experience. The college will provide a sneak peek of the program at noon on Tuesday, March 27, at the College of Law with speakers Bob Cooper and Jim Hood, attorneys general in Tennessee and Mississippi, respectively.