LMU-DUNCAN SCHOOL OF LAW GRADUATES SHOW STRONG PERFORMANCE ON TENNESSEE BAR EXAM

April 11, 2014 – Knoxville, Tennessee — Lincoln Memorial University-John J. Duncan, Jr., School of Law (LMU-DSOL) graduates who sat for the February 2014 administration of the Tennessee bar exam posted an 85.71 percent pass rate for first-time takers, improving upon the school’s July 2013 pass rate by four points. In total 95% of LMU-DSOL graduates who have sat for the exam have passed.

“LMU-Duncan School of Law students continue to perform above the national average for first-time bar exam takers,” said LMU-DSOL Dean and Vice President Parham Williams. “These most recent bar passage results mean that 95% of our graduates who have taken the Tennessee bar exam have now passed. I am very proud of every one of them.”

A school-by-school comparison of the February 2014 exam results has not been released by the Tennessee Board of Law Examiners (TBLE). The statewide pass rate for the February 2013 Tennessee bar exam was 71.5 percent for first-time exam takers. The Tennessee bar exam is administered annually in February and July.

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, 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.

“We are delighted with the strong performance of our law graduates on the Tennessee bar exam,” said LMU President B. James Dawson. “By improving on the very strong performance from the inaugural class, this group of graduates provides further proof of the excellent legal education LMU-DSOL provides. The entire LMU academic community is extremely proud of their accomplishments and we will continue to assist them as they become productive and responsible members of the Tennessee legal community.”

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
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 OUTLAW SOCIETY PRESENTS SYMPOSIUM

April 4, 2014 – Knoxville, Tennessee — The Lincoln Memorial University-John J. Duncan, Jr., School of Law (LMU-DSOL) OUTLaw Society will present a symposium entitled “Navigating LGBT Issues in a Conservative State” on Friday, April 11, 2014.

The symposium will feature local attorney David Roberts, LMU-DSOL Assistant Professor Akram Faizer and University of Tennessee College of Law Professor Alex Long. Roberts will speak about estate planning considerations for same-sex couples in Tennessee. Faizer will address the topic of proper level of scrutiny to apply to classifications for lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgendered people. Long will speak on legal ethics and discrimination in the practice of law.

The symposium will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the LMU-DSOL Courtroom. The event has been approved for 2.25 general CLE hours and 1.17 dual CLE hours for a total of 3.42 hours. Registration is $50 for attorneys. Lunch is included and will be catered by Newk’s.

The symposium will take place in the LMU-DSOL, 601 West Summit Hill Drive. Contact Deanna Breeding by email at deanna.breeding@LMUnet.edu for more information or to register.

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.

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LMU-DUNCAN SCHOOL OF LAW TO WELCOME JUDGE MARTHA DAUGHTREY

March 28, 2014 – Knoxville, Tennessee — Judge Martha Craig “Cissy” Daughtrey, who sits on the United State’s Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, will speak at the Lincoln Memorial University-John J. Duncan, Jr., School of Law (LMU-DSOL) on Monday, March 31, 2014, for the latest installment of the Professionalism Series. She will speak on the topic of professionalism in appellate advocacy.

Daughtrey’s career reflects a series of “firsts.” After earning her J.D. at Vanderbilt in 1968, she became the first woman Assistant U.S. Attorney and the first female prosecutor in Tennessee. She later joined the Davidson County District Attorney’s Office.

She would later become Vanderbilt’s first tenure-track woman law professor in 1972. Daughtrey spent only three years teaching full-time before she was appointed to the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals. There, she became the first woman to sit on a Tennessee court of record. Daughtrey continued to teach on Vanderbilt’s adjunct faculty until her election to the Tennessee Supreme Court in 1990, where she was—once again— the first woman to join the five-judge panel. She was appointed to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals by President Bill Clinton in 1993; she assumed senior judge status in 2009.

The professionalism series will wrap up for the semester with a presentation by Tennessee Supreme Court Chief Justice Gary R. Wade on April 16, 2014. The professionalism series is coordinated by LMU-DSOL Dean of Students and Assistant Professor of Law Laura Hash.

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 865.545.5303 or visit us online at 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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DUNCAN SCHOOL OF LAW TO LIVE STREAM “A CALL TO MEN IN TENNESSEE”

March 19, 2014 – Knoxville, Tennessee — The Lincoln Memorial University-John J. Duncan, Jr., School of Law (LMU-DSOL) will live stream the Tennessee Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence’s presentation “A Call to Men in Tennessee” on Thursday, March 27. The presentation will feature educator, activist and lecturer Tony Porter and run from 12:30 to 3 p.m.

The Coalition is partnering with Tennessee State University, Verizon Wireless, Meharry Medical College and the YWCA of Nashville and Middle Tennessee to sponsor the event, aimed at helping communities engage men and boys to stop violence against women and girls. The presentation will be streamed across the state from Tennessee State University in Nashville.

Porter is nationally and internationally recognized for his efforts to end men’s violence against women and to promote healthy, respectful manhood. He works with numerous domestic and sexual violence programs, colleges and universities across the country, and has worked with the United States Military Academy at West Point, the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, the National Football League and the National Basketball Association. Porter is the author of “Well Meaning Men…Breaking Out of the Man Box – Ending Violence against Women”, and the co-founder and co-director of “A Call To Men: The Next Generation of Manhood.”

This training is provided at no cost to participants. All training materials will be provided.

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 865.545.5303 or visit us online at 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 TWO NEW SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMS

March 6, 2014 – Knoxville, Tennessee — The Lincoln Memorial University-John J. Duncan, Jr., School of Law (LMU-DSOL) has announced two new scholarship programs to benefit Appalachian College Association (ACA), Tennessee Independent Colleges and Universities Associations (TICUA) and Tennessee-supported four-year university students.

The Access to Justice Scholarship Program will provide a full-tuition scholarship for the 2014-15 academic year for one student from each of the member schools of ACA, TICUA and from each state-supported four-year university in Tennessee. The program is aimed at furthering the mission of LMU-DSOL by providing educational opportunities to the underserved populations of Appalachia and beyond and by enhancing access to justice for the people of the region.

The scholarship eligibility requirements include: acceptance for admission to LMU-DSOL; a Law School Admission Test (LSAT) score of 152 or higher; a minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.75; an earned baccalaureate degree from an ACA or TICUA member school or state-supported university and a letter of recommendation from a faculty member of the undergraduate institution from which the applicant graduated. Each awardee must perform 30 hours of pro bono service prior to graduation and enroll in a one-semester externship with Legal Aid of East Tennessee.

The scholarship will be renewed annually for each awardee who maintains a cumulative law school GPA of 2.6 or higher. The deadline to apply to the Access for Justice Scholarships is June 6, 2014.

The second scholarship program LMU-DSOL announced this week is its LSAT Scholarships. Available to graduates or seniors (who will graduate in May 2014) from ACA and TICUA member schools as well as state-supported four year universities in Tennessee, the program will provide a scholarship in an amount equal to the registration fee for the LSAT to be administered in June 2014. LMU-DSOL will pay the scholarship (valued at $165) directly to the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC). The scholarship is available to both first-time takers and those who wish to retake the LSAT. In order to receive the award, the test-taker must submit an application for admission to LMU-DSOL.

For more information contact Randy Mathews or Trish Carroll in the LMU-DSOL Admissions Office at 865.545.5303 or law.admissions@LMUnet.edu.

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 865.545.5303 or visit us online at 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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