LMU-DUNCAN SCHOOL OF LAW GRADUATES CONTINUE TO PERFORM ABOVE NATIONAL FIRST-TIME PASS RATES ON TENNESSEE BAR EXAM

October 15, 2014 – Knoxville, Tennessee — Lincoln Memorial University-John J. Duncan, Jr., School of Law (LMU-DSOL) graduates who sat for the July 2014 administration of the Tennessee bar exam posted a 77.14% pass rate for first-time takers – five percentage points higher than the national rate. In total 91% of all LMU-DSOL graduates who have sat for the exam have passed. LMU-DSOL is one of three Tennessee law schools that performed better than the national pass rate for first-time takers on the July 2014 Tennessee bar exam.

“I am very pleased with our most recent bar pass results,” said LMU-DSOL Dean and Vice President Parham Williams. “These results confirm the excellent quality of our program of legal education, and evidence the commitment of our students to become able practitioners of the law. I am proud of them.”

The performance of LMU-DSOL’s graduates on the Tennessee bar exam shows that the school, which is currently approved by the Tennessee Board of Law Examiners (TBLE) and is seeking provisional ABA accreditation, complies with each of the bright-line bar passage requirements established by the ABA for accreditation, one of 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 Tennessee bar exam is administered annually in February and July.

“We are delighted with the strong performance of our law graduates on the recent Tennessee bar exam,” said LMU President B. James Dawson. “Our graduates continue to provide proof of the excellent legal education delivered at LMU-DSOL. Nonetheless, we will use these results to carefully assess our program and look for opportunities to improve as needed. We remain vigilant in insuring that we continue to improve both the bar passage rates and job placement rates of LMU-DSOL graduates.”

The mission of LMU-DSOL is to provide the opportunity of a quality legal education to underserved populations. With bar pass results meeting or exceeding national and state averages for both ABA and non-ABA accredited schools, LMU-DSOL graduates have outperformed bar pass predictors — Law School Admissions Test scores and undergraduate grade point average – providing evidence that LMU is fulfilling its mission.

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 law.lmunet.edu.

Regarding ABA Accreditation
Lincoln Memorial University-Duncan School of Law has applied for provisional accreditation from the American Bar Association. The law school is not currently approved by the Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar of the American Bar Association and makes no representation to any applicant that it will receive approval from the Council before 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.

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LMU-DUNCAN SCHOOL OF LAW TO WELCOME JUDGE JAMES L. COTTON, JR., FOR CONSTITUTION DAY ADDRESS

September 15, 2014 – Knoxville, Tennessee — Two Lincoln Memorial University-John J. Duncan, Jr., School of Law (LMU-DSOL) student groups, The Federalist Society and Christian Legal Society, will present the Fifth Annual Constitution Day Address featuring Judge James L. Cotton, Jr., on Wednesday, September 17, at 1 p.m.

Cotton is the author of The Greatest Speech, Ever: The Remarkable Story of Abraham Lincoln and the Gettysburg Address. A book he researched, in part, at LMU’s Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum. The late Senator Howard Baker, Jr., contributed a foreword to the book stating, “The Greatest Speech, Ever was written to be more than a specialized monograph about the Gettysburg Address. The author, Judge James L. Cotton, Jr., digressed along the way into side excursions and back roads of Abraham Lincoln’s remarkable life, exploring his hardscrabble childhood, and his courageous but controversial Emancipation Proclamation.”

Cotton is a graduate of Tennessee Technological University and University of Memphis Law School. He was admitted to the bar in 1980, and he opened a general law firm the same year. He later helped form the Law Offices of Cotton and Cooper. In 1990, he joined the general sessions court as a part-time judge and has continued to hold this position ever since. Cotton has received several awards for his work in trying to better Scott County.

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.law.lmunet.edu.

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.

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LMU-DUNCAN SCHOOL OF LAW ANNOUNCES DEAN’S LIST FOR SPRING 2014

June 10, 2014 – Knoxville, Tennessee — The Lincoln Memorial University-John J. Duncan, Jr., School of Law (LMU-DSOL) is proud to announce the Dean’s List for the spring 2014 semester. A total of 21 students were honored for achieving a 3.25 or above grade point average while carrying at least a nine credit hour course load. 

Earning Dean’s List honors were Jacob Baggett (Burns, Tennessee), Michael Beehan (Oak Ridge, Tennessee), Christopher Belford (Knoxville, Tennessee), Justin Bell (Knoxville, Tennessee), Deanna Breeding (Knoxville, Tennessee), William Brooks (Harrogate, Tennessee), Randy Clark (Knoxville, Tennessee), Joshua Dennis (Maryville, Tennessee) Jeffrey Glaspie (Knoxville, Tennessee), David Graham (Knoxville, Tennessee), David Gratz (Morristown, Tennessee), Thomas McCauley (Greeneville, Tennessee), Jennifer McNeil (Knoxville, Tennessee), Rick Owens (Maryville, Tennessee), Michael Parker (Knoxville, Tennessee), Delbert Poulopoulos (Knoxville, Tennessee), Allison Scott (Seymour, Tennessee), Robert Simpson (Kingston, Tennessee), Charles Stafford (Knoxville, Tennessee), Benjamin Stallard (Knoxville, Tennessee) and Erin Wallin (Chattanooga, Tennessee).

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.law.lmunet.edu. 

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.

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LMU-DUNCAN SCHOOL OF LAW OFFERS 2014 ADMISSION THROUGH PERFORMANCE PROGRAM

May 22, 2014 – The Lincoln Memorial University-John J. Duncan, Jr., School of Law (LMU-DSOL) will continue its Admission Through Performance (ATP) Program for Fall 2014 enrollment to provide potential applicants an alternative means of admission to law school.

Law schools have historically considered a student’s GPA and LSAT scores as predominant factors in considering an application for admission. LMU-DSOL’s ATP Program allows applicants to complete a course similar to those taught in most law schools, thereby allowing success in the ATP Program to supplement traditional admissions criteria in assessing an applicant’s ability to withstand the rigorous demands of obtaining a legal education. There is no charge to participate in the program.

“Standardized tests, including the LSAT, have been difficult for students at all levels of education. These challenges often prevent capable students from pursuing their educational dreams,” said LMU-DSOL Interim Dean Parham Williams. “The mission of LMU and its law school centers on service to underserved populations in Southern Appalachia. The Admission Through Performance Program is yet another way LMU-DSOL is staying true to its mission.”

To be eligible for the ATP Program, applicants must have been considered for regular admission by the Admissions Committee and Dean. Applicants must have the following items on file:
• a current application for admission
• a personal statement
• two signed letters of recommendation
• a current Credential Assembly Service (CAS) Report from the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC)

Additionally, applicants must have scored 138 or higher on the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) within the last five years and a minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 2.0. Applicants without a complete file at this time or new applicants interested in participating in the ATP Program still have time to apply.

If a prospective participant has not yet taken the LSAT or has a score less than a 138, but is scheduled to take the June administration of the LSAT, that participant can still conditionally enroll in the ATP Program so long as the Office of Admissions has received the prospective student’s application, personal statement and two letters of recommendation by Thursday, June 5, 2014.

The ATP Program consists of eight class sessions and participants receive instruction in the Foundations of Legal Analysis as well as a Survey of Criminal Procedure. Classes will be conducted on Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (including one hour for lunch) beginning on June 7, 2014. The ATP Program concludes with a final examination on Saturday, August 2, 2014, which will be graded on a 100-point scale. Individuals scoring 70 or higher on the exam will be offered admission to the entering fall class, assuming all other requirements have been met. Individuals scoring 51-69 may also be considered for admission by the Admissions Committee and the Dean.

Space is limited, so participants are asked to commit to completing the program if they register. Pursuant to ABA Standard 304, no course credit will be given for the course. For additional information on the ATP Program or to register, contact the LMU-DSOL Office of Admissions by email at law.admissions@LMUnet.edu or by calling 865.545.5303.

LMU-DSOL has Tennessee Board of Law Examiners approval through May 2018 so all students may apply to sit for the bar exam in the state of Tennessee.

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.law.lmunet.edu.

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.

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JUDGE JANE BRANSTETTER STRANCH TO GIVE LMU-DUNCAN SCHOOL OF LAW COMMENCEMENT ADDRES

May 14, 2014 – Knoxville, Tennessee — The Lincoln Memorial University-John J. Duncan, Jr., School of Law (LMU-DSOL) will hold its Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 17, 2014, in the Tex Turner Arena on LMU’s main campus in Harrogate, Tenn. United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit Judge Jane Branstetter Stranch will deliver the commencement address to the 40 graduates. 

Stranch was nominated by President Barack Obama to fill a vacancy on the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit on August 6, 2009, and was confirmed by the Senate on September 13, 2010. An experienced litigator, Judge Stranch said at the time of her nomination, “I think there’s value in a judge having a great deal of federal experience, but also one who’s litigated. I would hope to bring to the bench a fair temperament but also an understanding of what it means to be a litigator in the courts.”

Her career began as a law clerk with the firm of Branstetter, Stranch and Jennings, PLLC, while pursuing her legal education at Vanderbilt Law School. Following graduation and the bar exam, Stranch was promoted to an associate in 1978 and became a partner in 1994. Early in her career she practiced law in both the state and federal courts with a focus in labor employment, Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA), personal injury, worker’s compensation, wrongful death and utility law.

As her career progressed, Stranch’s practice was mainly complex litigation and class action work throughout the United States. Many of her recent cases involved representation of plan participants who have lost their individual account pensions due to fiduciary breaches, often concurrent with corporate scandals. Stranch litigated approximately 85% of her cases before federal courts and 15% in state courts and other administrative agencies. 

Stranch has ties to LMU and the Harrogate area through her parents. Her father, the late Cecil Branstetter, attended LMU where he met his wife, Charlotte, who was raised in the Harrogate area. Branstetter founded the law firm where Judge Stranch practiced prior to her appointment to the bench. The Branstetter Endowed Scholarship was established by the family and is awarded annually to an LMU undergraduate student.

Stranch was born and raised in Nashville, Tenn. She attended the University of Virginia and the University of Tennessee before completing her undergraduate degree at Vanderbilt University in 1975. She earned a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from Vanderbilt University Law School. Stranch’s husband, James G. Stranch, III, is a Nashville attorney who is a partner in the law firm of Branstetter, Stranch and Jennings. They have four children, one of whom also practices at the firm.

Graduates of Lincoln Memorial University-Duncan School of Law are approved by the Tennessee Board of Law Examiners to apply to take the Tennessee Bar Exam through December 31, 2017.

About Lincoln Memorial University-Duncan School of Law 
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.

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