Marcum to raise funds for LMU Law

marcumHarrogate, Tenn. — M. Fred Marcum has joined the division of University Advancement at Lincoln Memorial University and will serve as director of major gifts, working primarily to raise funds for LMU’s Duncan School of Law.

“We are delighted to have Fred Marcum join our team for the University,” said Vice President for University Advancement Cynthia Whitt. “Fred has a wide circle of influence that will greatly benefit LMU Law and our students. He is well-acquainted with our mission and has already given his time and talents as a member of the board of the Abraham Lincoln Institute for the Study of Leadership and Public Policy.”

Marcum, of Oneida, Tenn., joined LMU following a long and distinguished political career where he served as an advisor and aide to the late Sen. Howard Baker. He has also served as a consultant with Baker Donelson’s Government Relations and Public Policy group. He was instrumental in forging relationships with the law firm’s clients at both the state and federal levels and working on government relations and public policy initiatives.

Marcum served in various positions on Sen. Baker’s staff since 1982. He has also served as a political strategist in key Republican political races in Tennessee and on a national level. Marcum got his start in politics as a member of the Young Tennesseans for Baker, where he led student involvement on the University of Tennessee campus for Senator Baker’s third trip to the U.S. Senate. He continued to serve in various leadership roles as the former treasurer of the Republican Majority Fund and as a key advisor in the successful campaigns of former Tennessee Gov. Don Sundquist and Sens. Fred Thompson, Bill Frist and Bob Corker. In 1992, Marcum served as co-executive director for Tennessee for Bush/Quayle.

Marcum has served on many nonprofit boards. He is a founding member of the Board of Directors of the Howard H. Baker, Jr. Center for Public Policy located at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. He is also a member of the Board of Directors for the Museum of Appalachia and a member of the Scott County Election Commission. He has served on the Board of Historic Rugby and is a former member of the Tennessee Arts Commission and has consulted with the Tennessee Valley Authority and the Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum. He first served LMU as a member of the board of advisors for the University’s Abraham Lincoln Institute for the Study of Leadership and Public Policy.

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Spring 2016 Dean’s List honors 21 students

June 13, 2016 — Lincoln Memorial University Duncan School of Law’s Vice President and Dean, Gary Wade, is pleased to announce the Dean’s List for the Spring 2016 semester. A total of 21 students were honored for achieving a grade point average of 3.25 or above while carrying at least a 9-credit-hour course load.

Earning Dean’s List honors were:

  • Sarah Booher (Andersonville, Tennessee)
  • Kayla Brantley (Sharps Chapel, Tennessee)
  • John Cook (Knoxville, Tennessee)
  • Tegan Couch (Sevierville, Tennessee)
  • Joshua Dennis (Maryville, Tennessee)
  • Kate Fair (Maryville, Tennessee)
  • Molly Hardin (Knoxville, Tennessee)
  • Jeana Horton (Jonesville, Virginia)
  • Thomas McCauley (Greeneville, Tennessee)
  • Michael Parker (Knoxville, Tennessee)
  • Brennan Parrish (Savannah, Tennessee)
  • Noah Patton (Harrogate, Tennessee)
  • Larry Perkins (Knoxville, Tennessee)
  • Emily Persinger (Knoxville, Tennessee)
  • Lyndsey Phillips (Briceville, Tennessee)
  • Ashley Roberts (Knoxville, Tennessee)
  • Keri Rule-Stafford (Knoxville, Tennessee)
  • Kayla Swiney (Knoxville, Tennessee)
  • Courtney Walker (Speedwell, Tennessee)
  • Erin Wallin (Chattanooga, Tennessee)
  • Evan Wright (Alpine, Tennessee)

LMU Law is located in Knoxville’s Historic Old City Hall Building. LMU Law 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.

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LMU Law presents degrees to 17 new graduates

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Harrogate, Tennessee, May 20, 2016 — Lincoln Memorial University President B. James Dawson conferred degrees for 478 students, including 17 from LMU’s Duncan School of Law, during a commencement ceremony held Saturday, March 7, at Tex Turner Arena.

During the roll call of conferees, graduates received their law degrees from LMU Law Dean Gary Wade and hoods from Professor Sydney Beckman. The LMU Law Class of 2016 included:

  • Lisa Bailey of Knoxville, Tenn.
  • Sarah Booher of Andersonville, Tenn. (cum laude)
  • Tyler Cosby of Harrogate, Tenn.
  • Jordan Davis of Middlesboro, Ky.
  • Robert DeBusk of Knoxville, Tenn.
  • Joshua Dennis of Maryville, Tenn. (cum laude)
  • Patricia Greer of Knoxville, Tenn.
  • William Hall of Knoxville, Tenn.
  • Molly Hardin of Knoxville, Tenn.
  • Jeana Horton of Jonesville, Va.
  • Christina Lawson of Jefferson City, Tenn.
  • Thomas McCauley of Greeneville, Tenn. (cum laude)
  • James McKinnie of Cookeville, Tenn.
  • Lauren Mullins of Clintwood, Va.
  • Michael Parker of Clarksville, Tenn.
  • Ashley Roberts of Elizabethtown, Ky.
  • Elizabeth Sharp of Knoxville, Tenn.

The newly minted lawyers will spend the next several weeks preparing for the bar examination at the end of July. Because LMU Law is provisionally approved by the American Bar Association, graduates can apply to sit for the bar exam in any state.

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LMU Law to hold open house March 23

March 11, 2016 — Lincoln Memorial University’s Duncan School of Law will host a recruitment open house on Wednesday, March 23, from 5pm to 7:30 p.m.

While there is no formal program planned, participants can engage in casual conversation about the application process, financing a legal education, scholarships and more with administrators, faculty, staff and current students. Hors d’oeuvres will be served, and tours will be available.

LMU Law’s passionate and skilled faculty deliver innovative and insightful teaching with a rigorous curriculum designed to pave the way to successful legal careers. LMU Law students gain practical experience with an extensive extern and internship program embedded in the curriculum. Additionally, a wide variety of student clubs and activities are available to enhance the student experience.

LMU Law is located in Knoxville’s historic Old City Hall Building. LMU Law 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.

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LMU Law to again offer the Admission Through Performance (ATP) Program

February 24, 2016 — Lincoln Memorial University’s Duncan School of Law will again offer its Admission Through Performance (ATP) Program for fall 2016 enrollment.

“The mission of LMU and its law school centers on service to underserved populations in Southern Appalachia and beyond. This university is committed to providing pathways to advanced careers, and the Admission Through Performance Program is yet another way LMU is delivering to its mission,” said Judge Gary Wade, dean.

The ATP Program provides a supplemental method for assessing a student’s capacity to succeed in law school by letting participants demonstrate their aptitude for legal training. To do so, they must successfully complete a condensed law school curriculum. Participants receive instruction in the Foundations of Legal Analysis as well as a survey of Civil Procedure. The courses are taught by LMU Law faculty.

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 completed application;
  • a personal statement;
  • two letters of recommendation; and
  • 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 have a minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 2.0. Applicants who have yet to take the LSAT or do not have at least a 138 or higher on the LSAT within the last five years may still be eligible to participate in the ATP Program provided they are registered to take the June 2016 LSAT and the Office of Admissions has received an application, personal statement, and letters of recommendation. Participation is not guaranteed. Offers to participate in the ATP Program are extended by the Admissions Committee and Dean.

The ATP Program consists of seven class sessions and a final exam. The classes will take place on Saturdays, Tuesdays and Thursdays in June and early July.The ATP Program is free of charge. Space is limited, so participants are asked to commit to completing the program if they register. No course credit will be awarded.

For additional information on the ATP Program or to register, contact the LMU Law Office of Admissions by email at law.admissions@lmunet.edu or by calling 865.545.5303.

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