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IN MEMORIAM: FOUNDING DEAN ROBERT DOYLE COX
The University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law is saddened to learn of the passing of Robert Doyle Cox, founding dean of the University of Memphis School of Law. Please click here to read more about Dean Cox and for additional details about his life and memorial services.


FEDEX PROFESSOR OF LAW LEE HARRIS ON CONFEDERATE MONUMENT REMOVAL
Professor Lee Harris discusses the legal ramifications of the City of Memphis removing several Confederate statues from its public parks in a recent edition of the Commercial Appeal. Professor (and State of Tennessee Senator) Harris was the City Council member who wrote the council resolution two years ago calling for the removal of one of the statues as well. Click here to read the full article.


LEGAL METHODS PROGRAM EXPANDS

The University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law has made a substantial change in the way its Legal Methods Program is administered and taught. The law school has hired three full-time legal writing faculty members to expand the legal research, writing and analysis training it provides to its students and better prepare its students for the increasing complexity of practice in today's legal environment. To read more about this, please click here.


ASST. DEAN FOR STUDENT AFFAIRS, MEREDITH ADEN, RECEIVES AWARD
Assistant Dean Meredith Aden has been selected as the recipient of the The Susan TePaske Award for Leadership in Disability Support for the 2016-2017 academic year. This Susan TePaske Award is a University President's Leadership Recognition Award recognizing only one outstanding supporter of students with disabilities across the University of Memphis campus each year.


NEIGHBORHOOD PRESERVATION CLINIC FEATURED ON NPR AFFILIATE

The work of the Law School's Neighborhood Preservation Clinic was recently featured on WKNO, Memphis's NPR affiliate. Click here to listen to the WKNO interview with Clinic alumnus and recent graduate Jordan Emily and Clinic Co-Director Professor Danny Schaffzin.


PROFESSOR JEREMY BOCK SELECTED FOR STANFORD/HARVARD/YALE FACULTY FORUM

Professor Jeremy Bock's paper, "Behavioral Claim Construction," has been selected for presentation at the 2017 Stanford/Harvard/Yale Junior Faculty Forum. The organizers of the forum select from 12 to 20 scholars (with one to seven years in teaching) on a blind basis from among those submitting papers to present. The goal of the Forum is discourse both on the merits of particular papers and on appropriate methodologies for doing work in that genre.


MEMPHIS LAW LAUNCHES STRATEGIC CODE ENFORCEMENT ACADEMY

Memphis Law launched the first Strategic Code Enforcement Academy in May 2017. It will examine ways to streamline the process of cleaning up vacant and blighted properties in Memphis. Click here to read more.


ADVANCED MOOT COURT PROBLEM WINS NATIONAL AWARD

Last year's Memphis Law Advanced Moot Court problem won the inaugural Judith S. Kaye Writing Competition, a competition hosted by New York University School of Law to select the best student-written moot court problem in the country. Click here to read more about the problem itself, written by William Cranford, as well as the award.


MEMPHIS LAW PROF. ZAWISZA AWARDED WITH MULTIPLE HONORS

Professor Christina Zawisza was honored during the 2017 Alternative Spring Break by the PALS Executive Board with the 2017 Justice Janice Holder Pro Bono PAL Award in recognition of her many years of support to the mission of PALS. Additionally, Prof. Zawisza was honored by Memphis Area Legal Services at the kickoff to its Campaign for Equal Justice for a "lifelong commitment and dedication as a child advocate for justice for those in need."


ELDER LAW CLINIC HIGHLIGHTED IN PERSPECTIVE MAGAZINE

The University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law Elder Law Clinic, led by Professor Donna Harkness, is highlighted in the new issue of Perspective magazine, a publication of the Young Lawyers Section of the NY State Bar Association. Memphis Law and Elder Law Clinic alum Adam Cooper co-authored the article, which details his experience in the Memphis Law Elder Law Clinic, alongside the experiences of other law students from various other law schools. To read the complete article, please click here.


UNCERTAIN CARE: THE FUTURE OF THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT

The 2017 Institute for Health Law & Policy Symposium was held on March 31,2017. It gave a wide-ranging overview of the accomplishments and challenges of the Affordable Care Act, an update on its status and a brief summary of "repeal and replace" options. A number of local and national experts discussed what "repeal and replace" means locally and what leaders from various key perspectives consider critical elements to any efforts to amend or replace the current law. Click here to see the full agenda of speakers.


COLD CASE: JUSTICE FOR ELBERT WILLIAMS, PRESENTED BY JIM EMISON

On Tuesday, March 21, Memphis Law welcomed Jim Emison, a renowned and award winning courtroom lawyer of 43 years, to present, "Cold Case: Justice for Elbert Williams." The program was sponsored by the Memphis Law Office of Diversity and the Black Law Students Association. Click here to read more.


BLSA UNITY IN DIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIP BANQUET

The Black Law Students Association hosted the inaugural Unity in Diversity Scholarship Banquet on Thursday, Feb. 23 at The Guest House at Graceland, with keynote speaker, Robert Grey, the former ABA president and current president of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity. The event raised more than $100,000, with a significant portion going to diversity initiatives.


ASST. DEAN MULROY'S RESEARCH CITED IN DOJ REPORT

Associate Dean Steve Mulroy's article "Hold" On: The Remarkably Resilient, Constitutionally Dubious 48-Hour Hold was recently cited in a Department of Justice Civil Rights Division report. His focus on the issue of "48 hour holds" was the main focus of the investigation and the main basis for finding a pattern and practice of discrimination. To read the full DOJ report, please click here.


PROFESSOR CHRISTINA ZAWISZA NAMED MEMPHIS ATTORNEY FOR JUSTICE

Professor Chris Zawisza was recognized as a Memphis Attorney for Justice by Tennessee Supreme Court Justices Jeffrey S. Bivins and Holly Kirby at the Memphis Bar Association Annual Meeting on Dec. 8, 2016. The recognition is awarded to all attorneys who have given 50 or more hours of pro bono service each year.


JACQUELINE O'BRYANT RECEIVES BEN F. JONES PRESIDENT'S AWARD

Jacqueline O'Bryant, law school diversity coordinator at the University of Memphis School of Law, has been named as the honored recipient of the National Bar Association, Ben F. Jones Chapter, President's Award. This award was presented at the Ben F. Jones Chapter 2016 Barrister's Ball, which also marked the 50th anniversary of the Ben F. Jones chapter.


PROFESSOR DANIEL SCHAFFZIN - AALS CLINICAL SECTION EXEC. COMMITTEE

Professor Daniel Schaffzin was recently nominated to the executive committee of the American Association of Law School's section for Clinical Legal Education for 2017. Schaffzin currently chairs the clinical section's Externship Committee through May 2017 and has previously served on the Planning Committee for the 2016 AALS Annual Conference on Clinical Legal Education, the Awards Committee and the Teaching Innovations Committee.


IHELP POLICY LAB: ACE INITIATIVE LAUNCHED
The University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law is proud to announce the launch of the Institute for Health Law and Policy ("iHeLP") Policy Lab: ACE Initiative, thanks to generous support from the ACE Awareness Foundation. Please click here for more information about the policy lab and it's work with the ACE Awareness Foundation and their collaboration.


MEMPHIS LAW HOSTS IMPLICIT BIAS CONFERENCE

Memphis Law recently hosted the conference, Implicit (Unconscious) Bias: A New Look at an Old Problem, on Friday, Nov. 18. For more information and a rundown of the full program, please click here.


JOHN NEWMAN ON CNBC CLOSING BELL

Professor John Newman appeared on the CNBC show "Closing Bell" to discuss the transparency issues surrounding Facebook and Google as it pertains to advertisers. Click here to watch the debate.


U.S. COURT OF APPEALS FOR SIXTH CIRCUIT VISITS MEMPHIS LAW

The United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit conducted oral arguments in our Historic Courtroom in November. The panel, consisting of Judge Merritt, Judge Siler, and Memphis Law alum Judge Bernice Donald heard oral arguments in Andrew Thomas, Jr. v. Bruce Westbrooks, on Wednesday, November 2nd. This was a rare event for the Sixth Circuit and marks the first time the Court has visited Memphis Law to hear an argument. 
LISA GEIS HIRED TO LEAD NEW CHILDREN'S DEFENSE PROGRAM
The University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law is proud to announce our most recent addition to our faculty, Professor Lisa Geis, who will lead our new Children's Defense Program. Please click here to read more about Professor Geis.
PILLARS OF EXCELLENCE AWARDS DINNER
The Memphis Law Alumni Chapter honored Justice Holly Kirby and other Memphis legal community pillars at the annual Pillars of Excellence Awards Dinner. Please click here to read more about the event and the night's honorees.
ELECTORAL COLLEGE DEBATE
The Federalist Society Student Chapter & Memphis Lawyers Chapter recently hosted a debate and discussion on the Electoral College featuring John L. Ryder (General Counsel to the Republican National Committee, Litigation Counsel) and Hon. Robert E. Cooper, Jr. (former Counsel to democratic Gov. Phil Bredesen and the 26th Attorney General and Reporter of Tennessee), for a discussion and debate on whether the Electoral College has a place in contemporary society. Click here for a recap.
PROF. DANNY SCHAFFZIN HAS SCHOLARSHIP CITED IN WASHINGTON POST
A recent Washington Post piece cited Professor Danny Schaffzin's article, "Warning! Attorney Advertising May Be Hazardous to Your Health," (8 CHARLESTON L. REV. 319 (Winter 2013- 14) (by invitation), reprinted in 63 DEFENSE L. J. 3 (2014)). The op-ed piece, written by the President of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform and entitled "How lawyers scare people out of taking their meds," can be found by clicking here.
HOUSING ADJUDICATION CLINIC NAHRO AWARD
As a result of its partnership with Memphis Law's Housing Adjudication Clinic, the Memphis Area Housing Authority will receive a Merit Award from the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO) industry organization for the Housing Choice Voucher program enhancements that the clinic helped to establish and implement.

PROF. MCCLURG AUTHORS NEW CASEBOOK
Professor and Herff Chair of Excellence Andrew McClurg has co-authored with Professor Brannon Denning (Cumberland School of Law, Samford University) a new casebook, Guns and the Law: Cases, Problems, and Explanation (Carolina Academic Press 2016). Click here to read more about this exciting new book.

PROF. D.R. JONES APPOINTED TO DALIC COMMITTEE
Professor D.R. Jones was appointed to serve on the American Association of Law Libraries' Digital Access to Legal Information Committee (DALIC), a national committee. She previously served as chair of the DALIC State Online Legal Information sub-committee.
JUSTICE HOLLY KIRBY HONORED AT PILLARS OF EXCELLENCE DINNER
The Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law Alumni Chapter honored Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Holly Kirby (BSME '79, JD '82) as Special Distinguished Alumna at the 2016 Pillars of Excellence Awards Dinner recently. Please click here to read more.
ARTICLE BY PROF. STEVE MULROY CITED IN SCOTUS CASE WRIT
In a recent petition for writ of certiorari filed with the United States Supreme Court, a Tennessee defendant represented by Kirkland & Ellis, has presented a direct challenge to the Memphis Police Department's once-pervasive "48-hour hold" policy. The defendant's cert. petition draws heavily on legal scholarship published by Daniel Horwitz and by University of Memphis Law Professor Steven Mulroy in 2015 and 2013, respectively. To read more, please click here.
PROF D.R. JONES RECENT NEWS ITEMS
Prof. Jones presented a paper topic, "Edicts of Government: Copyright and State Laws" at the 2016 Works-Progress Intellectual Property Colloquium (WIPIP) held at the University of Washington School of Law and at the 2016 Intellectual Propery Scholars Conference (IPSC) held at Stanford University School of Law.
 
Prof. Jones also was an invited participant in the 2016 Privacy Law Scholars' Conference held at George Washington University School of Law.
 
Finally, Prof. Jones was named to the Board of Directors and serves as the Secretary of the Mid-America Library Consortium (MALLCO). This consortium promotes and encourages cooperative endeavors among its 27 member academic law libraries from 13 states.
BRITTANY WILLIAMS NAMED NEIGHBORHOOD PRESERVATION FELLOW

The University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law and the City of Memphis have hired Brittnay Williams as the first "City of Memphis Neighborhood Preservation Fellow." Please click here to read more about Brittany, as well as the Neighborhood Preservation Fellowship.


PROFESSOR AMY CAMPBELL ON THE CHANGING HEALTHCARE INDUSTRY

Professor Amy Campbell, director of the University of Memphis Institute for Health Law & Policy, recently spoke on a Table of Experts panel about the changing landscape of the healthcare industry and how to navigate those changes and challenges in healthcare. To read more, please click here for the full article and discussion.
UOFM RECEIVES URBAN CHILD INSTITUTE GRANT TO HELP VULNERABLE CHILDREN
The Urban Child Institute has awarded the UofM a $2 million grant to support the ACE (Adverse Childhood Experiences) Prevention Project. The initiative will involve, among other areas, several Medical/Legal ACE Initiatives, including the Memphis CHiLD Clinic (Children's Health Law Directive), a collaboration between the School of Law, Memphis Legal Services and Le Bonheur providing legal services and advocacy for families in need, and iHeLP ACE Policy Lab, a year-long practicum where law students investigate how existing laws can be used to advance health and reveal gaps where new laws may be needed. Click here to read more.
MEMPHIS LAW GRAD TESTIFIES BEFORE U.S. SENATE
Meredith Stewart (JD '11) recently testified before the U.S. Senate at a hearing on the impact of H-2B Temporary Foreign Worker Program on the labor market. Please click here to view the full hearing, including Ms. Stewart's testimony.
PROF. ROMANTZ SPEAKS AT LEGAL WRITING INSTITUTE CONFERENCE
In July 2016, Prof. David Romantz moderated a panel at the Legal Writing Institute's bi-annual conference in Portland, Oregon. The panel consisted of current and former deans and associate deans who teach or taught legal writing. The panelists discussed leadership positions in law schools and offered guidance on how legal writing professors can (and should) be leaders in the academy.
50 STUDENTS ENROLLED IN 2016 SUMMER EXTERNSHIPS
Fifty Memphis Law students are enrolled in externships this summer, gaining experience in a wide number of fields, concentrations, practices, and courtrooms. Click here to read more about all of our field placements and impressive experiential learning program.
ROGER PAGE (JD '84) SWORN IN AS TN SUPREME COURT JUSTICE
The Hon. Roger Page (JD '84) was recently sworn in by Governor Bill Haslam as the newest Tennessee Supreme Court Justice at an investiture ceremony in his hometown of Mifflin, Tenn. Click here to read more about the event and view photos and video from the ceremony.
PROFESSOR EUGENE SHAPIRO RETIRES
Professor Eugene Shapiro retired from Memphis Law at the end of the 2015 Academic Year. He was a faculty member here for 40 years and was an outstanding teacher to thousands of students, as well as an exemplary scholar. 
ML - SPRING 2016 ISSUE
The newest issue of ML is out now and features stories on Bitcoin, Digital Healthcare Technology, Courtroom Sketch Artists and more! Click here to read the full issue online.
PROF. ZAWISZA APPOINTED TO INDIGENT REPRESENTATION TASK FORCE
Professor Christina Zawisza has been appointed to the Tennessee Supreme Court's Indigent Representation Task Force, which will study the court appointed counsel system in Tennessee. To read more, please click here.
2016 CLEA AWARD
Recent Memphis Law graduate Jeffrey T. Slack has received this year's CLEA Outstanding Student Award. Please click here to read more about this award and Jeff's accomplishments.
STUDENTS TACKLE BLIGHTED HOTEL
Students in our Neighborhood Preservation Clinic were instrumental in demolishing a longstanding eyesore in downtown Memphis. Read more here and in this accompanying article.
UNIV. OF MEMPHIS AND MEMPHIS SHELBY CRIME COMMISSION FORM NEW INSTITUTE
The University of Memphis and the Memphis Shelby Crime Commission have partnered to create the new Public Safety Institute, which will be lead by former Shelby County District Attorney Bill Gibbons. To read more about the new Public Safety Institute, please click here.
2016 KENNETH COX CEREMONY
The Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law Black Law Students Association (BLSA) recently honored law students at The Kenneth Maurice Cox Donning of the Kente Ceremony which was held Friday, May 13th, 2016. Please click here to read more about the event and the graduates.
PALS HOSTS FIRST ONLINE PRO BONO CLINIC
The Public Action Law Society (PALS) recently held its first online pro bono clinic and helped 18 clients in just one hour. Click here to find out more about the online clinic and how you can participate.
PROF. JODI WILSON ELECTED TO ALWD BOARD
Professor Jodi Wilson, Director of Legal Methods and Associate Professor of Law at the University of Memphis School of Law, has been named to the Board of the Association of Legal Writing Directors (ALWD).
THE HON. ANN PUGH, ONE OF MEMPHIS' FIRST FEMALE JUDGES, PASSES AWAY
Judge Ann Pugh, Memphis Law alum and one of the areas first female judges, passed away recently. To read more about Judge Pugh and her life on the bench, please click here.
ROGER PAGE (JD '84) CONFIRMED AS TN SUPREME COURT JUSTICE
The Hon. Roger Page (JD '84) has been confirmed as a new Tennessee Supreme Court Justice. Page previously served as a judge on the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals since December 2011 and joins fellow Memphis Law alum the Hon. Holly Kirby (JD '82) on the Tennessee Supreme Court. Please click here to read more.
ML - ISSUE #4
Memphis Law is excited to present the fourth edition of ML, our official law school magazine. Click here to read the full digital edition and take a look at past issues.
Ariel Anthony is an attorney with Husch Blackwell. She joined the firm in 2015 and is profiled in this article in the Hamilton County Herald. Click here to read the full article.

The law school community was saddened to learn about the loss of former professor Janet Richards. Professor Richards served as the Cecil C. Humphreys Professor of Law at Memphis Law, where she joined the faculty in 1978 and served for more than three decades. Click here to read more.

Recent Memphis Law alum William Terrell is traveling to Europe as part of an International Study Program with the Inns of Court. Please CLICK HERE to read more about Will and his upcoming trip abroad, as well as a look at how important mentoring, and the advice given to him by his mentor Richard Glassman, was in helping him achieve success.

Dean Peter Letsou recently wrote about how Memphis Law is adapting to the changing realities of the legal market. Read his full op-ed in the Commercial Appeal by clicking here.
 
Associate Dean and Professor of Law Steve Mulroy spoke with several media outlets regarding a number of recent issues in the news, such as the recent Supreme Court of the United States decisions regarding the Affordable Healthcare Act, the Court's ruling on gay marriage equality, the removal of a Confederate statue from a local park and several issues surrounding the recent deaths of citizens in the Mid-South who were in police custody at the time of their passing. 

Community members and Memphis Law students, in a candlelight vigil organized by our BLSA chapter, gathered in Tom Lee Park to honor and remember the victims of the Charleston shooting. Great work by Regina Thompson and BLSA members on this touching tribute. Click here to view the full news clip.

The newest issue of our law school magazine is out now! Click here to read the full issue online and for past issues.


2015 CLEA AWARD

Recent Memphis Law graduate Bill Hardegree was awarded the 2015 Clinical Legal Education Association (CLEA) Outstanding Student Award. Click here to read more.


Professor Alena Allen has been selected to participate in the 2015 Maxine Smith Fellows Program of the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR). Click here to read more about this impressive accomplishment.


Recent Memphis Law grad Jennifer Mayham was honored with this year's TBA Law Student Volunteer of the Year for her work with Memphis Area Legal Services. To read more, please click HERE.


Memphis Law alumna Amy Amundsen was recently elected into the American College of Family Trial Lawyers as a Diplomate. Click HERE to read more.


The Annual Francis Gabor Memorial Lecture took place on Monday, February 2, 2015 in the Historic Court Room. Dr. Ralph Wilde (University College London), gave a lecture titled "Dilemmas in promoting global economic justice through law: A case study of the 'Maastricht Principles on the Extraterritorial Obligations of States in the area of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights' and their associated Commentary."


Memphis Law is proud to have been named one of the top 25 most impressive law school buildings in the world and as the 15th most impressive in the U.S. To read more, please click HERE.


Citing our own Professor Katherine Schaffzin prominently, the Supreme Court of New Jersey, in the case O'Boyle v. Borough of Longport, broadly adopted the common interest doctrine. Click here to read more about the case.


The Memphis Law Housing Adjudication Clinic has been named one of the Top 15 Most Innovative Clinics in the nation by The National Jurist and preLaw magazine. Read more HERE.


The law school is proud to announce the launch of our new Neighborhood Preservation Clinic. To read more about this unique legal clinic and how students will work to remove blighted properties throughout Memphis, click here to read more.

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