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$370,000 Justice Dept. Grant Goes to Leadership Institute in Judicial Education
For release: Oct. 14, 2005
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The U.S. Department of Justice has awarded a $370,000 grant to the Leadership Institute in Judicial Education (LIJE), part of the College of Education at the University of Memphis. LIJE provides continuing education for judges and other court personnel.

Run by Dr. Patricia H. Murrell, director of the U of M's Center for the Study of Higher Education, the Institute aims to improve judicial branch education and the administration of justice through education of judges and other judicial branch personnel. More than 2,500 judges, judicial educators, and court officials from 45 states and 10 national organizations have taken part in the six-day intensive sessions offered at the U of M, at LIJE's on-site programs in other states, and at its Advanced Institute in Memphis.

Murrell and LIJE have won numerous awards, including the Tennessee Board of Regents' Academic Excellence and Quality Award, the American Law Institute-American Bar Association Harrison Tweed Award for special merit in continuing legal education, the Howell Heflin Award, and the Warren Burger Award.

"This program is having a real impact on the quality of justice in our state and our nation," said Regent Stanley Rogers when the TBR award was presented. "Professional development is perhaps even more important for judges than for those in other disciplines, since there is no requirement of legal training or a legal background for judicial office holders in many states."

For more information, call Dr. Murrell or Kathy Story at 901-678-2775.

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