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January 2005

Smoot Selected to Lead Law School
New Career Shadowing Program Seeks Alumni Help
Nomination Deadline Approaches for Alumni Awards

Upcoming Alumni Events

Smoot Selected to Lead Law School

Holiday Card University of Memphis law professor James R. Smoot has been appointed dean of the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law at the U of M. He replaces longtime former dean Don Polden who left in June 2003 to take a similar position at Santa Clara University.

Smoot has taught at the U of M law school since 1990. His areas of specialty include banking law, corporations, partnerships and secured transactions. He has also served on the faculty at Valparaiso University School of Law.

A graduate of the Yale Law School, Smoot was executive editor of that school's law journal. He later clerked for the Honorable Henry J. Friendly of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He practiced with Cravath, Swaine & Moore in its New York and Paris offices, and he served as deputy general counsel to the Readers Digest Association.

The new dean has articulated a number of goals for the law school. Among them are: working closely with the University administration to develop creative solutions to long-term funding issues, working with the law faculty to enhance the School's contacts with the legal and business communities, and working with law alumni to foster closer relationships to their alma mater. He will also work closely with the American Bar Association's law school accreditation committee during the law school's re-accreditation process, which is currently underway.

New Career Shadowing Program Seeks Alumni Help

Often the best, most inspiring advice comes from relating personal experience. A new career shadowing program at the U of M is looking for alumni to share their professional experiences with current students. The program, Career Encounters, will allow students to explore their career interests while visiting with local businessmen and women at their job sites. The Career Encounter can range from a simple informational phone call to a full-day meeting. If you are interested in serving as a sponsor or have questions about the program, please contact Robert Adams in the Career Counseling Unit office at rwadams@memphis.edu or 901/678-2068.

Nomination Deadline Approaches for Alumni Awards

The Alumni Association is seeking nominations for its 2005 Distinguished Alumni Awards. These awards honor alumni and friends who have brought honor and distinction to the U of M. The categories are Distinguished Alumni, Distinguished Friend and Outstanding Young Alumni.

A nomination form and a complete list of past recipients are available online at http://www.memphis.edu/daa.html. The deadline for nominations is Jan. 31.

Stay tuned to future issues of the e-newsletter for event details!

Upcoming Alumni Events

Join us at Pat O'Brien's on Beale Street before every home basketball game this season to mix, mingle and cheer on Coach Cal and the team. Alumni Association members will receive a 10-percent discount on food and beverages purchased before 10 p.m. each game day. Bring your membership card for verification. For more information, call 901/678-ALUM.

Dallas-area alumni are invited to a "True Blue" pre-game party on Saturday, Jan. 29. Come meet, mingle, and eat with the Dallas/Ft. Worth Alumni Club before the Tigers beat TCU! The party will be held at Cox Banquet Hall in the Kelly Alumni and Visitors Center, 2820 Stadium Drive from 5 to 7 p.m. Please RSVP before Jan. 27 to 800/678-8729 or alumnievents@memphis.edu. See you there!

"True Blue" alumni in the Houston area can meet up at a pre-game party before the Tigers face off against Houston on Saturday, Feb. 5. The party will be held in the Melcher Board Room of the Athletics/Alumni Building on 3100 Cullen Boulevard from noon to 2 p.m. A cash bar and heavy hors d'oeuvres will be provided. Please RSVP before Feb 3. to 800/678-8729 or alumnievents@memphis.edu. Go Tigers!


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