For release: September 1, 2009
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Yolanda Ingram of the University of Memphis’ Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law has
been named a Fellow of the Memphis Bar Foundation. Ingram serves as the school’s assistant
dean for student affairs, director of the Academic Support Program, and director of
the Tennessee Institute for Pre-Law, the state’s only access and diversity summer
law program. Additionally, she is an adjunct faculty member in the paralegal studies
program and freshman orientation program.
The Foundation is the charitable wing of the Memphis Bar Association and supports
law-related activities and projects through its grant program. Its mission is to promote
social justice and legal education and recognize professionalism among the members
of the Bar. Attorneys and judges are nominated as Fellows in recognition of their
distinguished service to the legal profession.
Ingram serves on the Memphis Bar Association’s diversity committee, which runs a summer
program that places high school juniors and seniors in paid internships with local
law firms. Last year she received the MBA President’s Award for outstanding service
to the local Bar and the legal community. Ingram serves on the board of directors
of Women in Higher Education in Tennessee and the Tennessee Alliance for Black Lawyers.
She also is a member of the Ben F. Jones branch of the National Bar Association and
the Association of Women Attorneys.
“This is a significant achievement for Dean Ingram,” said Kevin Smith, dean of the
Law School. “Her selection as a Fellow reflects both her professionalism and community
The 2009 class of Fellows will be honored at a reception Sept. 9 from 5 to 7 p.m.
in the lobby of the Brinkley Plaza in downtown Memphis.