Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law
Announcements January 2012

Memphis Law's first-time takers had the highest passage rate in the state for the July 2011 bar exam, 92.59 percent. Congratulations to our recent grads! Read more here.

Memphis Law was once again named a "Best Value" by preLaw Magazine. Read more in the MBJ.

Memphis Law was named one of the ten most popular law schools in the country by U.S. News and World Report.  The list, derived from the “yield” of the law school, is based on the number of accepted applicants compared to the number of applicants who enrolled in the entering class of 2010, and ranks Memphis among some of the country’s best law schools.

The quality of life at Memphis Law has been ranked seventh in the nation by The Princeton Review.  The organization’s “Best Quality of Life” designation is based on currently enrolled students’ answers to questions about a variety of factors.

Memphis Law was named a Best Law School for “Standard of Living” in the September 2011 issue of the National Jurist.  To calculate the standard of living, debt payments, federal taxes, and state taxes were subtracted from median private practice salary and then resulting number was adjusted for cost of living.

The law school's legal clinic was featured in the University of Memphis Update newsletter. To read the article click here.

The Memphis Bar Association honored the legacy of Sam A. Myar, Jr. at its annual meeting.  Myar’s contributions included teaching at Southern Law University, which is now a part of the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law. 

In January, Governor Bill Haslam kicked off a series of statewide jobs roundtables at the law school. Read an article from the Memphis Daily News here. The Governor returned in August for a similar meeting, hosted by University President, Dr. Shirley C. Raines.

Congratulations to architect firms Askew Nixon Ferguson Architects and Fleming Associate Architects.  The firms’ joint design renovation project on the law school building won the top award, the Honor Award, at this year’s American Institute of Architects Gulf States Region Honor Awards. 

The Law Alumni Chapter announced its 2011-12 chapter leadership. Congratulations to: Tanja L. Thompson (JD 97, president), The Honorable Robert “Butch” Childers (JD 74, president-elect) and R. Hunter Humphreys as (JD 77, secretary/treasurer).  Robert E. Craddock, Jr. (JD 77) and John I. Housel, Jr(JD 70) became board members. Thank you for your service and dedication to the law school!

The August 2011 Pillars of Excellence dinner, hosted by the Law Alumni Chapter, was a great success. Award recipients included Leo Bearman, Jr., David E. Caywood, W.J. Michael Cody, Robert L. Green, John Paul "Jack" Jones, Hon. Russell B. Sugarmon, and Friend of the Law School, Charles T. Tuggle. For photos and a complete recap, visit the Law Alumni Chapter website.

In Memorium

The University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law expresses sympathy to the families and friends of these individuals:

  • Charles Edwin Baucum (JD 51), June 2011
  • Mitchell A. Byrd (JD 76), May 2011
  • Rev. John Travis Campbell (JD 51), July 2011
  • Francis E. Dichtel (JD 66), December 2010
  • Bill Domico (JD 89), May 2011
  • Stephen P. Hale (JD 82), May 2011
  • Eugene “Bucky” Heffernan (JD 50), August 2011
  • Henry Warren Miller, Jr. (JD 58), January 2011
  • George Lee Morrison III (JD 81), June 2011
  • Dan Stewart Murrell (Professor Emeritus), December 2010
  • Charles “Mark” Pullen (JD 90), January 2011
  • Donald Schwendimann (JD 74), February 2011
  • S. Russell Smith, Jr. (JD 74), June 2011
  • James R. Smoot (Dean Emeritus), August 2011
  • Father Joseph Laughlin Tagg III (JD 50), March 2011

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