University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law

The University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law is accredited by the American Bar Associat

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Photos from University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law's post 12/05/2023

The newest episode of Show Cause is out! This episode focuses on United States v. Rahimi, the 1st major 2nd Amendment case that the Court has taken up since its decision last summer in the case of NY State Rifle and Pistol Association vs. Bruen.

The case came to the Court when the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled earlier this year that individuals with orders of protection against them must be allowed to keep their guns, overturning a federal statute that prohibits firearm possession by individuals who a court determined pose a credible threat to the safety of an intimate partner or child.

We discuss the ramifications of the case with Sara Beth Myers, a Nashville-based attorney who has been a prosecutor at the federal, state, and county levels, who also has a long history of specializing in domestic violence cases at every level.

Take a listen via any of your standard podcasting platforms (Apple, Spotify, Google Podcasts)

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/protecting-the-public-rahimi-guns-and-the-test-of-history/id1590157494?i=1000637587578

Photos from University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law's post 12/05/2023

Two of your Memphis Law favorites will share the stage tonight at 7:00 pm at the Memphis Jewish Community Center. Professor Daniel Kiel will be the featured speaker at tonight's author talk, where he'll discuss his new book, The Transition: Interpreting Justice from Thurgood Marshall to Clarence Thomas. He'll be joined by Dean Kate Schaffzin as she moderates the event and guides the conversation as they discuss how this succession echos across generations. The event is FREE and open to all, but registration is required and you can do so at jccmemphis.org/CulturalArtsSeries

11/28/2023
Why Memphis Chamber's Gwyn Fisher is bullish on economic development in the city 11/27/2023

Need an example of using your law degree in a non-traditional way? Take a look at this great profile on Gwyn Fisher, Chief Economic Development Officer at the Greater Memphis Chamber. She notes that her early attorney years and the thrill of helping bring a deal together from a litigation sense helped to shape her successful track record at the Chamber overseeing massive projects centered on our local economy.

Why Memphis Chamber's Gwyn Fisher is bullish on economic development in the city Since joining the Memphis Chamber in December 2022, Gwyn Fisher has helped bring in more than $1 billion in investment for the region and 1,600+ jobs.

11/21/2023

Students - don't forget to drop by the student lounge for a quick massage as part of our relaxing Reading Days activities. They're here until 2pm and will be back tomorrow from 11-2. We'll also have the Southern Roasters coffee truck in the back driveway from 8-10 tmrw morning for you!

Photos from University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law's post 11/15/2023

Congratulations to 2L student Mary Cano, who was recently recognized by the Memphis Bar Association as a recipient of the 2023 Access To Justice (ATJ) Pro Bono Award! Among other contributions during and immediately after her 1L year, Mary performed nearly 80 pro bono hours in volunteer work with the Community Legal Center, the Midtown Legal Clinic, and the Hispanic Law Students Association.

11/13/2023

Congratulations to our Memphis Law National Moot Court Travel team (Derrick Shawver, Thomas Fletcher and Kelsey McClain) for WINNING regionals! Kelsey also received the award for Best Oral Advocate in the final round. They're now on to Nationals in NYC!

11/07/2023

Can our social media accounts withstand the torrent of likes that today's Faculty Spotlight feature will pile up? Let's hope so! It's a great day to showcase Professor Danny Schaffzin, our dynamic, energetic, and innovative Director of Experiential Learning! In addition to helping our students gain some of the most meaningful real-world experience possible through clinics and externships, he somehow has time to be an avid supporter of all things "Memphis," as well as a die-hard Philadelphia sports fan, all while helping make Memphis a better place through his work at the law school and in the community.

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Our adjunct professors are a key part of the unique educational opportunities we strive to provide at Memphis Law. Yesterday, one of our longtime favorite adjuncts, Professor (General) Al Harvey, taught his class on-site at the firm of Lewis Thomason here in Memphis, where they also got a tour of the firm where he's Of Counsel and a senior member, and got to meet many other members of the firm as well.

10/26/2023

It's a Pink Out! Earlier this week, students from a wide assortment of our student organizations sported pink in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

10/25/2023

Congratulations to Judge Timothy Dwyer (JD '80) on receiving the 𝗟𝗶𝗳𝗲𝘁𝗶𝗺𝗲 𝗔𝗰𝗵𝗶𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗔𝘄𝗮𝗿𝗱 from the Tennessee General Sessions Judges Conference. The award is given to a conference member who exemplifies the traits of an outstanding judge and a life dedicated to living nobly and selflessly.
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Today's faculty spotlight is on Professor David Romantz. Renowned for his legal writing prowess, engaging lectures, and dedication to students, Professor Romantz has helped guide students along their legal journeys at Memphis Law for more than 20 years.

10/17/2023

Save the date for the The University of Memphis Law Review 2024 Annual Symposium, where they will explore the many ways that infrastructure and land uses harm marginalized communities. Issues raised will include water access, housing, wastewater, and other infrastructure that impacts the well-being of communities. Additionally, the group of individuals who worked first-hand against the Byhalia Pipeline will highlight the importance of advocacy in this area of law. For more info, visit https://www.memphis.edu/law/programs/law-review-symposium.php

10/17/2023

"While there's a lot of frustration, fear, and concern in our community, I do also see hope. That frustration and fear come from a place of alignment. Everyone in our community wants the same thing: we all want our community to be a safe, wonderful place to live. That alignment gives me a lot of hope. I know that we have the best people and the best resources; if we can align ourselves appropriately, we can get that job done."

Listen here: https://spoti.fi/3M9oYeb

The crime rate in Memphis was a major topic in the recent municipal election, and it is at the forefront of many Memphians' minds daily. Katharine Traylor Schaffzin (University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law) and Susan Deason (Memphis Allies) join us to provide context for the current crime statistics for Memphis and the Mid-South, what prevention efforts are currently being done, and how "prevention, intervention, and transformation" is the way forward.

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It's always a pleasure to have a Federal Magistrate Judge drop in to share some wisdom. Thank you to Judge Tu Pham, Chief Magistrate Judge at the United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee, for speaking to Professor Danny Schaffzin's Civil Procedure class this week.

Space Tourism: Legal and Policy Aspects 10/10/2023

Prof. Jennifer Brobst has a chapter addressing natural and cultural heritage laws in outer space in the upcoming book Space Tourism: Legal and Policy Aspects with Routledge (2024).

Space Tourism: Legal and Policy Aspects Space tourism has become extremely significant in recent times, especially in pursuance of the new space race among corporate giants such as Virgin Galactic, Blue Origin and Space X. Each of these corporate giants has already booked thousands of space enthusiasts for a journey to outer space. Given....

Photos from University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law's post 10/04/2023

We'd like to (re)introduce you to Professor Katy Ramsey Mason, Director of our Medical-Legal Partnership Clinic. Not only is she one of the reasons we're listed as a "Best School for Health Law" by preLaw Magazine, but she's an integral piece in our longstanding partnerships with Le Bonheur Children's Hospital Memphis Area Legal Services, Inc. and University of Tennessee Health Science Center . Her work, alongside that of our student-attorneys and partners, via our MLP Clinic is quite literally improving the lives of Memphis children and their families in meaningful and impactful ways everyday.

Photos from University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law's post 09/28/2023

TN Supreme Court Chief Justice Holly Kirby joined us yesterday to speak with students in our various Legal Clinics and conduct their swearing-in ceremony. She got to hear first-hand accounts of the work they’re doing in their respective clinics so far this semester.

09/27/2023

He's a past Dean of the law school. He may have the perfect name for an attorney (it's pronounced "let's sue"). And he may be your only professor that has ever had Top Secret US Government clearance. Today's spotlight falls on Professor Peter Letsou!

Photos from University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law's post 09/25/2023

Students in our Expungement & Restoration of Rights Clinic were hard at work last week in General Sessions Court, alongside our partners at Memphis Area Legal Services, Inc.

09/21/2023

As a law school, we like to keep up to date on what Federal agencies are up to. So it seems like it's our duty to share with you that the US Consumer Product Safety Commission has put together and released an album for your listening pleasure. And it's....surprisingly good?

We're Safety Now Haven't We: Volume 1 is out now!

Download and stream our new album today on CPSC.gov/music

09/19/2023

Today's faculty spotlight features the one and only Coach K, aka Professor Barbara Kritchevsky. A law school legend unto herself, Professor Kritchevsky has been an integral part of the law school's identity since the early 80s and the architect of much of our Moot Court Advocacy Teams national success over the years. Countless students have been molded into better advocates as a result of her training and coaching. Cheers to Coach K!

09/18/2023

Don’t forget! You can drop off your gently used professional wear this Tuesday from 5-9pm at the Counselors Closet Clothing Drive! Drive around to the back of the law school and they will gladly take your donations. If they need to be dry cleaned please let someone know at drop off.

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We're proud to have some of the best writers in the game at Memphis Law. These particular students received the Law Review Faculty Advisor Award for Student Note Excellence today. Congrats to Christina Guyton, Emily English, and Brendan Woodruff on their well-earned accolades.

09/15/2023

Congratulations to one of our most dedicated alums, Judge Gina Higgins! Judge Higgins was recently presented with an award for her mentorship and leadership in the Memphis Bar Association's Summer Law Intern Program (SLIP), which she has been involved with since its inception in 2007. Judge Higgins is co-founder of the law internship program for minority high school students. Alongside attorneys and former students, she developed the program in response to the lack of diverse lawyers in Memphis and Shelby County. Under her guidance the program has mentored more than 900 students in a variety of law firms and courthouse settings.

09/14/2023

THE TAX LAW LEGEND, PROFESSOR KRATZKE! International traveler, tax law expert, dedicated teacher and colleague, not to mention his service to the law school as interim dean in past years, Professor Kratzke has done it all.

At U of M law school, studying expungement is hands-on matter 09/14/2023

Learn a bit more about our new Expungement and Restoration of Rights Clinic in this great article in today's The Daily Memphian https://dailymemphian.com/section/metro/article/38510/at-u-of-m-law-school-studying-expungement-is-hands-on-matter Amber Floyd Memphis Area Legal Services, Inc.

At U of M law school, studying expungement is hands-on matter “Whether it results in a conviction or not, that record can go with you to your grave unless you proactively get it expunged, if you’re eligible to do that. Many, many people are not,” said Josh Spickler, head of Just City.

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We proudly launched our new Expungement and Restoration of Rights Clinic today! Led by Adjunct Professor Amber Floyd, this important new clinic will train law students to assist Shelby County residents with criminal record expungements & address other legal needs arising from the collateral consequences of prior arrests. It’s another example of our law school and legal clinics efforts to not only educate our law students but to also give them real world experience in helping make our community a better place for everyone, especially those most in need of legal services. Thank you to Memphis Area Legal Services (MALS) our important partner in this effort for their help and hard work and to MALS CEO Cindy Ettingoff for speaking at the press conference.

09/08/2023

Another Memphis Law favorite, today's spotlight is on Professor Daniel Kiel. A man of many talents, you might find Prof. Kiel on the basketball court, in the classroom, or in the studio putting together a film. His newest endeavor has earned him great fanfare across the country, as the author of the recent book, The Transition: Interpreting Justice from Thurgood Marshall to Clarence Thomas.

Justice Kirby Elected To Serve As Chief Justice of Tennessee Supreme Court | Tennessee Administrative Office of the Courts 09/06/2023

"When Justice Holly Kirby (JD '82) began her legal career and her career as a jurist, she was often the “first” or the “only” woman. That situation has changed. In the wake of the August 2022 statewide elections, Tennessee now has a record number of female lawyers and judges." And now she can add CHIEF Justice to her list of accomplishments. Congrats to Justice Kirby! If you want to learn more about her and her accomplishments, make sure you check out her profile in the newest issue of ML, our law school magazine as well!

Justice Kirby Elected To Serve As Chief Justice of Tennessee Supreme Court | Tennessee Administrative Office of the Courts August 31, 2023 The Supreme Court has elected Justice Holly Kirby to be the next Chief Justice of the Court. Justice Kirby was unanimously elected by the Court for a two-year term, effective September 1, 2023. She becomes only the fourth woman to serve as the Court’s Chief Justice. Justice Kirby w...

‎Show Cause - A Memphis Law Podcast: Internationally Known on Apple Podcasts 08/31/2023

New Show Cause podcast episode dropping today! Need some Labor Day weekend listening material? Interested in some updates on various international news items and engaging conversation with our resident international law expert, Professor Ronnie Gipson? Then this episode is for you! From the Russian helicopter crash with the Wagner military group leader, to the coups in Africa and Myanmar, and finishing with the Fukishima nuclear power plant's release of treated water into the Pacific and China's reaction to all of the above, this episode is packed with international intrigue!

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08/31/2023

Today's faculty spotlight is on Professor Carrie Kerley! She joined our faculty five years ago, bringing with her a great litigation background and years of experience from the private sector at several well-known Memphis law firms. Now our students get to take advantage of her first-hand knowledge and expertise. Carrie Eaker Kerley

Everytown, U of M law partner on new program for juvenile gun-violence victims 08/31/2023

We could not be more proud of this collaboration between Everytown for Gun Safety and Memphis Law, as we partner on a new program for juvenile gun-violence victims at Le Bonheur Children's Hospital

Everytown, U of M law partner on new program for juvenile gun-violence victims “I tell people all the time …  it’s actually easier for me to heal the physical wounds of gun violence than it is for us to deal with the emotional, mental, and social needs of these children and families that are really going to last for the rest of their lives,” said Dr. Regan Williams, ...

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Today we are proud to announce our new partnership with the Everytown For Gun Safety organization, which establishes a 1st of its kind law school clinical partnership to provide support for civil legal issues affecting pediatric victims of gun violence at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital. Special thanks to Dr. Regan Williams from Le Bonheur for speaking, as well as Stacie Payne, a gun violence survivor and Everytown Survivor Network Fellow, for sharing her moving personal story of a family and life changed by gun violence.

08/29/2023

Professor D.R. Jones has led our Law Library for years now and as many students and faculty can attest, it is a true gem of the law school. She's also one of our copyright and IP experts, with extensive scholarship delving into the related subjects.

Photos from University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law's post 08/24/2023

Want to chat with a law professor that's been a part of one of the most historic SCOTUS cases in the last century? Just pop by the law school and sit down with our very own Professor Regina Hillman. In addition to being one of the most positive and enthusiastic people in the building, she also offers guidance to our students as the SBA faculty advisor and an always amazingly dedicated professor in the classroom and beyond.

Photos from University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law's post 08/23/2023

Kicking off another semester of our amazing MLP Clinic with Professor Katy Ramsey Mason and a new class of students!

08/22/2023

Professor DeShun Harris is our Director of Bar Preparation here at Memphis Law. She goes the extra mile to ensure our students have the help, resources, and preparation they need to find success on the Bar Exam. Say hi to her if you see her in the halls of Memphis Law or around downtown.

08/21/2023

It has not taken long for Professor Ronnie Gipson to become a student favorite. He was chosen as the most recent "Professor of the Year" this May and also serves as the faculty advisor for the University of Memphis Law Review, helping to propel the journal and its student members to new heights! An all-around wonderful member of the Memphis Law faculty.

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