Dean Parham

Parham H. Williams

Interim Vice President and Dean

B.A., University of Mississippi
L.L.B., University of Mississippi
Master of Laws, Yale University

Professor Parham Williams is Interim Vice President, Interim Dean, and Professor of Law. Following several years of practice in the Air Force JAG, a private law firm, and as a District Attorney for the Fourth Circuit Court District of Mississippi, Dean Williams embarked on an impressive career in academia spanning more than forty years.

From 1967-1985, he was a dean at the University of Mississippi School of Law, serving as Assistant Dean (1967-1969), Associate Dean (1969-1971), and finally Dean and Professor of Law (1971-1985). From 1985-1996, he served as Vice President, Dean, and Professor of Law at Samford University, Cumberland School of Law. Following a brief retirement, Dean Williams accepted a job as Vice-President, Dean, and Donald P. Kennedy Chair in Law of Chapman University School of Law, where he served from 1997-2007, guiding Chapman to provisional ABA accreditation. In 2008-2009, he returned to the University of Mississippi School of Law as Director of the Fant Institute of Law & Ethics, and Visiting Professor of Law. Most recently, Dean Williams accepted the position of Interim Dean for the Lincoln Memorial University Duncan School of Law. He has substantial academic consulting experience. Dean Williams has been a member of eleven ABA site teams, over a term of years from 1978 to 2008.

During his career in academia, Dean Williams has taught Evidence, Prosecutorial Ethics, Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Pleading and Practice, Chancery Practice, Constitutional Law, and Professional Responsibility. He has also authored numerous law review articles, books, and reports. In addition, Dean Williams is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Military Appeals, the Supreme Court of Mississippi, and the Federal District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi.

Dean Williams earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Mississippi, his L.L.B. from the University of Mississippi, and his Master of Laws from Yale University.

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Lincoln Memorial University - John J. Duncan, Jr. School of Law (LMU-DSOL) is provisionally accredited
by the American Bar Association. The earliest LMU-DSOL may apply for ABA full accreditation is December 2016.

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Additionally, Lincoln Memorial University - Duncan School of Law is approved by the Tennessee Board of Law Examiners.