Nick Christiansen was the winner of the Jon E. Hastings Memorial Award Writing Competition. This is the second consecutive year that a University of Memphis law student has won the award. The competition is judged by a panel of environmental law practitioners, members of the Judiciary, and/or professors selected by the Environmental Law Section of the Tennessee Bar Association.
The Public Action Law Society (PALS) was recognized by Memphis Area Legal Services at a reception in October for its commitment and dedication to the providing of pro bono legal assistance to those less fortunate and its dedication to the rules of professional responsibility. The Student Bar Association (SBA) also received an award for the raising the most money in any category in the Campaign for Equal Justice. Well done PALS and SBA! Pictured: Accepting the award on behalf of PALS are Atina Rizk, Anna Benson, Prof. Zawisza with MALS' Linda Warren Seely.
The Irvin Bogatin Social Justice Award was presented to third-year law student C. Grace Whiting in recognition of her demonstrated understanding of an attorney's duty to service to the community by advancing the cause of social justice. In addition, the Irvin Bogatin Scholarship was presented to first-year law student Christopher Santirojprapai in recognition of his community service work. The awards were created by the family of Irvin Bogatin, through a fund established with the Memphis Bar Foundation in recognition of Mr. Bogatin's long and devoted service to the bar and the community, especially in the area of social justice. Pictured: Left to right, are Whiting, Mrs. Nancy Bogatin, and Santirojprapai. (UofM photo by Shawna Engel)
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Several of our faculty and staff members celebrated milestone anniversaries at the University of Memphis. Professor Ralph Brashier (20 years), Professor Steven Mulroy (10 years), Dorothy Colburn (20 years), Penny Kelly (20 years) and Sue Ann McClellan (15 years). Congratulations and thank you for your service!
||Professor Ralph Brashier is the 2010 recipient of the Law Alumni Chapter's Excellence in Legal Education Award.
Professor Lee Harris has co-founded a speaker's bureau and think tank called New Voices for Social Progress. Also, his latest article is now in print: Shareholder Campaign Funds: A Campaign Subsidy Scheme for Corporate Elections, 58 UCLA Law Review 167 (2010). Finally, Professor Harris has inked a contract with Lexis-Nexis to author his third book, Cases and Exercises on Mergers & Acquisitions. The book will be in print in 2013.
Professor Donna Harkness' article, The Credit Card Act of 2009: Welcome Relief or Too Little,Too Late for Vulnerable Seniors, appeared in the September 2010 issue of the Banking and Financial Services Policy Report. Along with attorney King Self, Professor Harkness co-presented the Memphis Bar Association CLE on Elder Law Issues in October. Finally, Professor Harkness was recertified as a Certified Elder Law Attorney this fall by the National Elder Law Foundation, effective through September, 2015.
Alum and adjunct professor, the Hon. David S. Kennedy (JD '70) is celebrating 30 years on the bench this year. He was featured in a Commercial Appeal article.
Professor Daniel Kiel has been selected to represent the law school in the 2011 Scholar-Exchange Program. Each year the law school partners with another law school to “exchange” rising scholars for reciprocal presentations. The partner institution for 2011 will be the University of Tulsa Law School. Kiel will travel there in the spring to present his new paper on educational reform in post-Katrina New Orleans.
Professor and Herff Chair of Excellence in Law, Andrew J. McClurg, has co-authored (with Robert W. Bailey and Philip M. Gerson) a chapter titled "Minimizing Medical Malpractice Exposure" for the Quality, Outcomes and Safety Manual, Society of Gastrointestinal & Endoscopic Surgeons which will be published later this year.
Professor and County Commissioner Steve Mulroy's recently published article in the Tennessee Law Review became a Top Ten download for a topic-specific e-journal on the Social Science Research Network. For your reading enjoyment click here.
Emeritus Professor, Dan S. Murrell, passed away on December 5, 2010. He will be greatly missed by many law school faculty, staff and alumni.
Professor Janet Richards (JD '76) is chairing a workgroup appointed by the Tennessee Supreme Court to review Rule 40A dealing with guardian ad litem appointments in divorce cases. In October, she also participated in a CLE panel at the Tennessee Judicial Conference and discussed, "The Import of the Tennessee Community Property Trust Act of 2010."
Professor Chris Zawisza presented a series of training sessions around the state this summer on behalf of the Administrative Office of the Courts." The sessions were titled "Expert Witnesses in Juvenile Court" and "Cross Cultural Competence." On October 1, she presented a CLE in Memphis, in conjunction with the 100th anniversary celebration of Juvenile Court of Memphis and Shelby County. The topic was "A Basic Ethics Refresher for Juvenile Court Practice." She presented the same CLE in Nashville on December 17. On December 16, she served as a trainer at the Administrative Office of the Court's "Train the Trainer" program.
Dan Brown resigned from the law school as Business Officer earlier this fall to run for Bartlett Municipal Judge. We are proud to say Dan was elected to the bench!
Chelsea Dubey has joined the law school as Director of Special Events and Communication. Chelsea comes from the UM Alumni Association where she worked with the law alumni chapter. She's the one to call regarding events, tours, publicity, and alumni news.
Assistant Dean for Student Affairs Yolanda Ingram recently attended the National Black Pre-Law Conference and Law School Recruitment Fair at the University of Houston. Dean Ingram participated on a panel addressing LSAT achievement gaps and on a panel dealing with the law school preparation programs.
Career Services Secretary Penny Kelly retired in October. Ms. Kelly plans to spend time with her family and looked forward to her first Monday that she didn't have to go to work!
Estelle Gaerig Winsett (JD '93) has joined the law school family as Assistant Dean for Career Services. Dean Winsett was heavily involved in Moot Court as a student and has a vast background of legal experience, making her a great fit for the office.
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Johnny Miller's (JD '73) article, "Fourteen Important, Practical, and Useful Investorship Issues," by the National Contract Management Association in their Contract Management Magazine in the October 2010 issue.
U.S. District Judge Bernice B. Donald (JD '79) of Memphis has been renominated by President Barack Obama to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati. Read the official press release from the White House and a Commercial Appeal article.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Diane K. Vescovo (JD '80) was honored with the 2010 Chancellor Charles A. Rond Memorial Award for Outstanding Judge of the Year at a recent meeting of the Memphis Bar Association Young Lawyers Division.
Several law school alumni were appointed as new Assistant District Attorneys for Shelby County Court this past fall. They include Greg Carman (JD '95), Melanie Curry, Mark Erskine (JD '10) and Omar Malik (JD '10).
Kirk Caraway (JD '97), partner at Allen, Summers, Simpson, Lillie & Gresham, PLLC has been selected as a “Mid-South Rising Star” in the field of Labor & Employment by Law & Politics for the third year in a row. He was also recently elected as secretary of the Memphis Bar Association.
Lee Webb (JD '98) currently works for Cobra Legal Solutions in Chennai, India. Cobra is a legal outsourcing company. Webb is the only United States attorney in the office and is primarily responsible for managing the litigation operations and support services of Cobra in India.
The Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity District XV Leadership Conference recently was held in Knoxville. The McKellar Chapter Memphis Law was represented by four alumni. Pictured: from left to right, Deadrick Thaxton, James A. Rose, Ella Hernandez, and Shannon Holland.
James Krenis (JD '01) recently was voted a Mid-South Rising Star Lawyer for the second year in a row by Super Lawyers.
Emily Taube (JD '98) and Andre Mathis (JD '07) were named by the Memphis Business Journal in the “Top 40 Under 40” for 2011.
Robert S. Stevens (JD '09) was recently elected to the Rutherford County Commission for a four-year term.
Chase D. Fisher II (JD '10) has been hired as an attorney at Wiseman Bray PLLC.
Merhnaz Jalali (JD '10) joins Baker Donelson as an associate in the Securities practice group. Shannon L. Wiley (JD'10) also joins the Firm as an associate in the advocacy practice group with a focus on general commercial litigation.
Monica R. Rejaei (JD '10) and Jason J. Yasinsky (JD '10) have joined the law firm of Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz, PLC.
The Law Alumni Chapter will host the next Annual Dinner on August 13, 2011. The dinner will honor Pillars of Excellence in the Memphis legal community. Contact Coordinator, Wendy Sumner-Winter for nomination and dinner information.