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Leo Bearman, Jr.
Allen S. Blair, Esquire
Prince C. Chambliss, Jr., Esquire
The Honorable Christopher Craft
John D. Fabian
Douglas F. Halijan, Esquire
General Albert Harvey
Hunter R. Humphreys
The Honorable Judge David Kennedy
Jennifer S. Kiesewetter
Hayden D. Lait, Esquire
The Honorable Jennie D. Latta
Lawrence J. Laurenzi
Steve McDaniel, Esquire
Gigi Gaerig McGown
Vincent Miraglia, Chief Council
E. Haavi Morreim, JD, PhD
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John F. Murrah, Esquire
Jennifer Nichols, Esquire
Stephen C. Parker
The Honorable Charles E. Pazar
Dorothy J. Pounders
Jackie G. Prester, Esquire
Earle J. Schwarz
Stephen Shields, Esquire
Bryan K. Smith
David W. Spence
The Honorable Mark Ward
Josh Whitehead, AICP
Legal Methods Adjunct Faculty - 2014-2015
Randy Alden is a graduate of Ashland University (B.A., magna cum laude, 1989) and
the Ohio State University College of Law (J.D., 1992). He is an Assistant Federal
Defender with the Federal Public Defender’s Office for the Western District of Tennessee.
He specializes in complex criminal litigation and is the Sentencing Resource Counsel
for the District. Prior to joining the Federal Public Defender’s office, Prof. Alden
practiced at firms in Ohio and West Virginia. Prof. Alden also served in the United
States Army Reserve, Civil Affairs Branch, where he earned a Bronze Star for Meritorious
Service during Operation Enduring Freedom, as well as numerous other awards. Prof.
Alden retired from the Reserve on December 31, 2012 with the rank of Major after 28
years of enlisted and commissioned service.
David Bell is a graduate of Earlham College (B.A., 1998) and the University of Memphis
School of Law (J.D., 2003). In law school, Prof. Bell was a member of two National
Competition teams and served as Associate Chief Justice of the Moot Court Board.
He received the Dean’s Distinguished Service Award and the Moore Award for Outstanding
Advocate in his class. After law school, Prof. Bell was an Assistant Public Defender
for Shelby County, Tennessee, and practiced primarily as a trial litigator before
the Criminal Courts. He has been named a Shelby County Outstanding Performer and
is a graduate of the Memphis Bar Association’s Leadership Forum. Prof. Bell currently
works as an Assistant Federal Defender in Memphis and has practiced before the Courts
of the Eastern and Western Divisions of the Western District of Tennessee, as well
as before the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Leetra Harris is a graduate of Spelman College (B.A., magna cum laude, 1995) and the Georgia State University College of Law (J.D., 2003). While in law
school, Prof. Harris was Managing Editor of the Georgia State University Law Review and a member of a winning mock trial team. Prof. Harris presently serves as an Assistant
United States Attorney in the Western District of Tennessee where she prosecutes a
variety of complex federal criminal matters, including white collar crimes and civil
rights violations. In addition to her work as a federal prosecutor, Prof. Harris
also served as an Assistant District Attorney in Atlanta, Georgia, where she was named
Trial Court Attorney of the Year in 2010. Prior to entering public service, Prof.
Harris was a commercial litigation associate at two prestigious Atlanta law firms.
After earning an M.B.A. in finance from UCLA and following a successful career as
a database developer in New York’s banking industry, Philip Oliphant returned to the
classroom as a law student at Vanderbilt University in 2003. Upon graduating with
his J.D. in 2006, Prof. Oliphant clerked for Judge Bernice Donald of the United States
District Court for Western Division of Tennessee. In 2007, he became an Assistant
City Attorney for the City of Memphis, where he has defended the City in countless
tort and contract suits in state court, as well as constitutional claims in federal
court. Prof. Oliphant has also successfully argued twice before the Sixth Circuit
Court of Appeals. In 2011, Judge Bernice Donald was elevated to the Sixth Circuit
and asked Prof. Oliphant to serve as her chief of staff, which he did for two years.
In August 2013, he returned to the City Attorney’s office where he has played a leadership
role in modernizing that office, in addition to maintaining a very busy litigation
Shea B. Oliver is a graduate of the University of Memphis (B.F.A., magna cum laude, 2002) and the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law (J.D., summa cum laude, 2010). While in law school, she served as the Senior Notes Editor of The University of Memphis Law Review. Following law school, Prof. Oliver clerked for the Honorable Jon P. McCalla, the
then-sitting Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District
of Tennessee. Prof. Oliver is currently a litigation associate with Burch Porter
& Johnson, PLLC where she focuses on intellectual property matters and commercial
litigation. Prof. Oliver also serves on the Board of Directors of the Humane Society
of Memphis & Shelby County.
Edwin A. Perry
Edwin A. Perry is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin (B.A., cum laude, 1997) and American University—Washington College of Law (J.D., 2000). At American,
he served as Note & Comment Editor for the American University International Law Review and published a Note in the University of Miami Business Law Review. Prof. Perry was a staff attorney for the United States Court of Appeals for the
Eleventh Circuit from 2001 to 2003. Prof. Perry is now an Assistant Federal Defender
Kevin Ritz is a graduate of the University of Virginia (B.A. with high distinction,
1997), Georgetown University (M.S., 1999), and the University of Virginia School of
Law (J.D., Order of the Coif, 2004). At law school, he served as Book Reviews Editor
for the Virginia Law Review and won numerous prizes and awards. Prof. Ritz clerked for the Honorable Julia Gibbons,
United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. He currently works as an Assistant
U.S. Attorney for the United States Attorney’s Office, Western District of Tennessee,
where he is the Criminal Appellate Chief and Special Counsel to the U.S. Attorney.
He is a member of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Appellate Chiefs Working Group
and teaches Appellate Advocacy at the National Advocacy Center in Columbia, South
Rajiv Singh is a graduate of Vanderbilt University (1989) and the University of Memphis
Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law (J.D., 2000). In law school, he served as Research
Editor for the Tennessee Journal of Practice and Procedure. Prof. Singh currently works as a Senior Attorney at Federal Express Corporations
in its Business Transactions Group.
Jennifer Sink is a graduate of Florida State University (B.S.) and Southern Illinois
University School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 2003). In law school, Prof. Sink served as the Editor in Chief of the Southern Illinois University Law Journal. She also served on the Appellate Division of the law school’s Moot Court Board.
Prof. Sink is now a shareholder with Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz,
P.C. Prof. Sink specializes in health care litigation and has been named a Mid-South
Rising Star by Super Lawyers Magazine. Prof. Sink also serves as legal counsel for the non-profit organization Dress for
Sarah-Katherine Wright is a graduate of Rhodes College (B.A., 2007) and the University
of Tennessee College of Law (J.D., summa cum laude, 2010). While in law school, Prof. Wright served as a staff editor for the Tennessee Journal of Law & Policy and the Tennessee Law Review. After graduating from the University of Tennessee College of Law, Prof. Wright
worked as a litigation associate for Butler, Vines & Babb PLLC in Knoxville, Tennessee.
Prof. Wright is currently a managing attorney with Realty Title & Escrow Company,
a regional real estate firm.