December 16, 2013 – Knoxville, Tennessee — Eight graduates of the Lincoln Memorial University-John J. Duncan, Jr., School of Law (LMU-DSOL) were among the nearly 450 participating in Lincoln Memorial University’s (LMU) Winter Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, December 14, 2013. Retired Lt. Gen. E.R. “Buck” Bedard gave the commencement address during the ceremony.
LMU President B. James Dawson conferred the degrees to all graduates including nine LMU-DSOL candidates for graduation. LMU-DSOL Interim Dean and Vice President Parham Williams presented diplomas to the eight degree candidates in attendance. Receiving the Doctor of Jurisprudence degrees were Michael Arehart (Oak Ridge, Tenn.), Lance Baker (Knoxville, Tenn.), Adam Carr (Pigeon Forge, Tenn.), Amber Corn (Sevierville, Tenn.), Brandon Hall (Calhoun, Tenn.), Jamie Huskins (Calhoun, Ga.), Kyle Ochsenbein (Cookeville, Tenn.), Charles Pennington, Jr. (Knoxville, Tenn.) and Alicia Sanders (Gainesville, Fla.).
These newest graduates join the 78 members of the inaugural class which graduated in May 2013, as LMU-DSOL alumni. The inaugural class posted an impressive 81 percent pass rate on the Tennessee bar exam during the July administration of the test. The performance of LMU-DSOL’s graduates on the Tennessee bar exam shows that the school, which is currently approved by the TBLE and is seeking provisional ABA accreditation, substantially complies with one of the bright-line bar passage requirements established by the ABA for accreditation, which requires that, in at least three of the past five calendar years, 75 percent or more of the students who took the exam the year they graduated passed it. The most recent graduates and those wishing to retake the Tennessee Bar can apply to sit for the upcoming February administration of the test.
The Lincoln Memorial University-Duncan School of Law is located in Knoxville’s Historic Old City Hall Building. LMU-DSOL is an integral part of LMU’s values-based learning community, and is dedicated to preparing the next generation of lawyers to provide sound legal service in the often underserved region of Appalachia and beyond. For more information about LMU-DSOL, call 1-800-325-0900, ext. 5303 or visit us online at www.lmunet.edu/law.
Regarding ABA Accreditation
The Dean is fully informed as to the Standards and Rules of Procedure for the Approval of Law Schools by the American Bar Association. The Administration and the Dean are determined to devote all necessary resources and in other respects to take all necessary steps to present a program of legal education that will qualify for approval by the American Bar Association. The Law School makes no representation to any applicant that it will be approved by the American Bar Association prior to the graduation of any matriculating student.
For additional information regarding the process, please see the ABA Law School Accreditation Process. For general information, contact the ABA (www.abanet.org/legaled) at American Bar Association, section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar, 321 North Clark Street, Chicago, Illinois 60654-7598 or call (312) 988-6738.