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Frist Announces Agreement to Transfer Memphis Post Office Front Street Station to U of M Law School
For release: Jan. 12, 2006
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WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) today announced that the United States Postal Service (USPS) has agreed to sell the Memphis Post Office Front Street Station so that the University of Memphis School of Law can establish its new campus at the facility.  The announcement took place during a meeting between Frist; John E. Potter, Postmaster General and CEO of the USPS; Shirley Raines, President of the University of Memphis; John Stokes, Chairman of the Memphis Riverfront Development Corporation; and Sara Hall, City Attorney for Memphis.

“This is a great day for the city of Memphis and the students who will benefit from this exciting new project now and in the future,” Frist said. “The University of Memphis School of Law is one of the finest law schools in the mid-South, and its graduates have achieved outstanding bar exam success rates.

“The historic Front Street Station is a beautiful building with great prominence on the Memphis riverfront, and given its proximity to the courthouses and law offices downtown, it’s a natural location for the University’s law school.

The University of Memphis has been involved in negotiations with the USPS since March 2005 in an effort to acquire the old downtown Post Office building for the law school. Senator Frist has been a close partner to the negotiations and helped broker the final agreement. 

With this agreement, the University will now begin working with the Tennessee Board of Regents and the Tennessee Higher Education Commission on future plans for that purpose. While details of the plans for the move will be announced at a later time, we anticipate that classes will be offered in the new law school in the fall of 2009. The existing law school building will continue to be used until that time. Its use after the law school moves will be addressed by the University's master plan, so that it is used in the best way possible for the overall educational needs of the University.

The University has operated an outstanding law school for many years, and the record of the school and its graduates proves the worth of the education they have received. For example, the school has operated a legal clinic for 14 years in cooperation with Memphis Area Legal Services, offering free legal help to society's under-represented population. Also, graduates of the school have consistently had the highest passage rate among first-time takers of the state bar exam of graduates of all law schools in Tennessee. This latest development is simply the most recent action by the University to maintain the high quality of that legal education.

Future law students at the University of Memphis will be able to study in a beautiful, historic building that has a background closely associated with the law. They will also be taking their classes in close proximity to the offices of lawyers and judges and the courts in downtown Memphis. The University is grateful to the U.S. Post Office for its cooperation in making this unique opportunity possible.

Additional information is available at www.law.memphis.edu/building.

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