Ralph C. Brashier

Ralph C. Brashier

Cecil C. Humphreys Professor of Law

(901) 678-3235
(901) 678-0753
Law School, Office 361

About Professor Brashier

Ralph Brashier is a Professor of Law and holds a Cecil C. Humphreys Chair at the University of Memphis School of Law, where he teaches Decedents' Estates, Elder Law, and Property. A native of Mississippi, he received his bachelor's degree from Florida State University, his master's degree from the Eastman School of Music, his J.D. from Ole Miss (where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Mississippi Law Journal), and his LL.M. from Yale. Before joining the faculty at Memphis, he practiced in New York City with Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft. He is the author of numerous articles and two books on decedents' estates and elder law. His elder law book is on the required or recommended reading list or serves as the course book for classes in elder law at several schools. At the University of Memphis, he has received the University of Memphis Distinguished Teaching Award twice, the Alumni Excellence in Teaching Award, the Farris Bobango Faculty Scholarship Award, and the Patricia and Dan Murrell Ethics and Professionalism Teaching Award. On 12 occasions, the members of the law school graduating class have named him Law School Professor of the Year.


B.M., 1979, summa cum laude, Florida State University; M.A., 1982, Eastman School of Music; J.D., 1986, magna cum laude, University of Mississippi; LL.M., 1990, Yale University.


Mississippi, New York.


Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, New York City, 1986-89; joined the University of Memphis School of Law faculty in 1990.

Teaching Interests

Property, Decedents' Estates, and Elder Law.


Author of articles on decedents' estates or elder law in various law journals including Boston University Law Review, Case Western Reserve Law Review, Iowa Law Review, Louisiana Law Review, South Carolina Law Review, Southern Methodist Law Review, Temple Law Review, and Utah Law Review; member, Tennessee Uniform Probate Code Commission (1995-1997); former contributing editor to bi-monthly column, "Keeping Current," in Probate & Property (ABA).