LMU-DUNCAN SCHOOL OF LAW ALUMNA APPOINTED CROSSVILLE CITY JUDGE

January 21, 2015 – Knoxville, Tennessee— Lincoln Memorial University-John J. Duncan School of Law (LMU-DSOL) alumna Ivy Gardner, of Crossville, was appointed Crossville City Judge earlier this month.

“This is another wonderful rite of passage for our institution. It is a tremendous honor to have representation on the bench from our alumni ranks,” Interim Dean and Vice President Parham Williams said. “Ms. Gardner is a wonderful ambassador for the LMU-Duncan School of Law. She was very involved as a student and it comes as no surprise to any of us that she has excelled in her career.”

Gardner was selected from a pool of nine candidates following just two rounds of balloting. She was sworn into her new position by Crossville Mayor James Mayberry during the January 13, 2015, City Council meeting. The City Judge hears City of Crossville traffic violation cases as well as code enforcement cases. Gardner will hear her first docket on January 27. She will also be responsible for swearing in new City of Crossville Police Department officers and will work closely with the law enforcement in the city.

Gardner is a member of LMU-DSOL’s inaugural class which graduated in May 2013. She passed the Tennessee bar exam in July 2013 and was licensed to practice law that same year. She opened a private law practice in Crossville in December 2013. In a little over a year, Gardner has built a successful general law practice which includes criminal, family law, wills and estates and appellate work.

“I always wanted to return to my hometown of Crossville and make a positive impact within the legal community,” Gardner said. “I hope to continue to help the citizens of Cumberland County with their legal needs as I continue to practice outside of my duties as City Judge.”

Gardner was an active student leader at LMU-DSOL. She founded the Women of the Law Society, served as a senator on the Student Bar Association and worked as a research assistant for faculty and staff. She served as president and vice president of LMU-DSOL’s inaugural Moot Court Board, earning two writing awards at national competitions. Gardner interned with the Cumberland County General Sessions Court Judge Larry Warner and Boston & Poore, Attorneys at Law while attending law school. She had the rare opportunity, as a law student, to present an oral argument before the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals while she interned with the 13th Judicial District Public Defender’s Office.

Gardner is a graduate of Cumberland County High School. She earned a bachelor’s degree in business and a master’s in business administration from Cumberland University.

The Lincoln Memorial University-Duncan School of Law (LMU-DSOL) 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 LAW REVIEW TO PRESENT SYMPOSIUM ON NATIONAL SECURITY AND DIGITAL SURVEILLANCE IN THE U.S.

December 31, 2014 – Knoxville, Tennessee — The Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) Law Review will present the Sandra C. Ruffin Memorial Symposium on Friday, January 30, 2015, at the LMU-John J. Duncan, Jr. School of Law (LMU-DSOL) in downtown Knoxville. The Symposium, entitled “The Snowden Effect: The Impact of Spilling National Secrets,” will focus on the implications of the actions of former government contractor Edward Snowden — characterized by some as an heroic whistleblower and by others as a traitor.

James Bamford, author of The Shadow Factory: The Ultra-Secret NSA from 9/11 to the Eavesdropping on America, and Chris Inglis, a former deputy director of the National Security Agency (NSA), are among a panel of eight experts with varying views and perspectives on the need to balance U.S. national security interests with individual citizens’ right to privacy. The event will feature morning and afternoon sessions and will conclude with a roundtable discussion. Lunch will be served.

Bamford will discuss the transformation of the NSA since September 11, 2001, as the agency has increasingly turned its high-tech gaze within America’s borders. He will describe how the NSA’s missed opportunity to thwart two of the 9/11 hijackers has led to a heightening of surveillance to ensure such a mistake never happens again. Inglis will present on the topic “National Security in the Age of Cyberspace – Can Convergence, Security, Privacy and Transparency Co-Exist?” His lecture will cover both the framework for, and real-world examples of, U.S. efforts to achieve the reconciliation of various principles embodied in the Constitution, which both establish and constrain the work of the federal government.

The Symposium will also feature former American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) National Security Fellow and current teaching fellow at the New York University School of Law Brett Max Kaufman; University of Detroit-Mercy School of Law Associate Professor Richard Broughton; Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) Legislative Analyst Mark Jaycox; LMU-DSOL Associate Professor Melanie Reid, a former federal prosecutor; Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Special Agent and Counterintelligence Strategic Partnership Coordinator Beth O’Brien; and Elisabeth Cook, a member of President Obama’s Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB). Full bios and program details are available here. For more information call 865.545.5328.

The program is free and open to the public. The cost of the optional lunch is $5. Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credit will be available at the Symposium, including five general hours and one and a half hours of dual credit for a total of six and a half hours. The fee for participants seeking CLE credit is either $25 (includes lunch) or $20 (without lunch). Registration is required for the CLE credit. E-mail Kathy Baughman at kathy.baughman@lmunet.edu to register.

The Lincoln Memorial University-Duncan School of Law (LMU-DSOL) 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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FOUR LMU-DUNCAN SCHOOL OF LAW STUDENTS RECEIVE DEGREES DURING WINTER COMMENCEMENT

December 13, 2014 – Harrogate, Tennessee — Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) conferred the degrees of 335 graduates on Saturday, December 13, 2014, during its annual Winter Commencement Exercises, among them were the first LMU-Duncan School of Law (LMU-DSOL) graduates to receive degrees since the American Bar Association (ABA) provisionally approved the law school earlier this month.

A total of five doctor of juris prudence degrees were conferred by LMU President B. James Dawson during the ceremony. Four graduates participated in the program including Ann Long(Knoxville, Tennessee), Daniel Fielden (Knoxville, Tennessee), Jonathan Conner (Knoxville, Tennessee) and William Matthew Birkholz (Lenior City, Tennessee). With the distinction of having graduated from a provisionally approved program of legal education by the ABA the graduates will enjoy all the rights of a fully approved law school and can apply to sit for the bar nationally as soon as the February administration of the exam.

Since the Inaugural Class graduated in May 2013, 91 percent of LMU-DSOL’s alumni have passed the Tennessee Bar Exam. On the most recent administration of the bar, LMU-DSOL grads posted a 77.14% pass rate for first-time takers – five percentage points higher than the average for all first-time takers from all schools nationally.

In addition to being provisionally approved by the American Bar Association, LMU-DSOL has approval from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC) and the Tennessee Board of Law Examiners (TBLE).

Regarding Accreditation
Lincoln Memorial University – John J. Duncan, Jr. School of Law is provisionally approved by the American Bar Association (ABA). Students at provisionally accredited law schools are given the same recognition as students at fully accredited law schools. Upon the award of provisional accreditation, students enrolled in the institution and who subsequently graduate are deemed graduates of an ABA-accredited law school.

A provisionally approved law school may apply for full approval no earlier than two years after receiving provisional approval and must obtain full approval within five years after receiving provisional approval. The earliest Lincoln Memorial University – Duncan School of Law may apply for full accreditation from the ABA is December 2016.

Questions concerning ABA accreditation may be directed to:
Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar
American Bar Association
321 N. Clark Street, 21st Floor
Chicago, IL 60654
Phone: 312.988.6738

Lincoln Memorial University – Duncan School of Law also is approved by the Tennessee Board of Law Examiners.

The Lincoln Memorial University-Duncan School of Law (LMU-DSOL) 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 GRANTED PROVISIONAL APPROVAL BY ABA

December 8, 2014 – Harrogate, Tennessee — The American Bar Association (ABA) has provisionally approved the Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) John J. Duncan, Jr. School of Law (LMU-DSOL) officials announced Monday.

“For an institution with over a century of rich history, there are few achievements that surpass this milestone for Lincoln Memorial University,” said LMU President B. James Dawson. “I commend Dean Parham Williams, his administration at LMU-DSOL, Vice President for Academic Affairs Clayton Hess and the many other University officials who worked tirelessly toward this goal. All of our pursuits are focused on our students and I’m happy to be able to celebrate with them today.”

A school seeking accreditation must demonstrate that it is in substantial compliance with all of the ABA Standards for the Approval of Law Schools. The Council of the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar is recognized by the United States Department of Education (DOE) as the accrediting agency for programs that lead to the Juris Doctor degree.

Since the Inaugural Class graduated in May 2013, 91 percent of LMU-DSOL’s alumni have passed the Tennessee Bar Exam. On the most recent administration of the bar, LMU-DSOL grads posted a 77.14% pass rate for first-time takers – five percentage points higher than the average for all first-time takers from all schools nationally.

“For our students, our faculty and the dedicated administration of Lincoln Memorial University this is a result five years in the making. The adversity encountered in seeking accreditation has made the institution stronger, our program of legal education better and our administration wiser,” Interim Dean and Vice President Parham Williams said. “Our mission will always be to provide our students with the very best legal education possible.”

Provisional approval entitles LMU-DSOL to all the rights of a fully approved law school, and enables its graduates to take the bar exam in any American jurisdiction. To gain full approval, LMU-DSOL has a maximum of five years to demonstrate it is in full compliance with all the ABA Standards of Approval of Law Schools. The University has already displayed full compliance in the standard addressing bar passage. The performance of LMU-DSOL’s graduates on the Tennessee bar exam shows that the school complies with each of the bright-line bar passage requirements established by the ABA for accreditation.

In addition to being provisionally approved by the American Bar Association, LMU-DSOL has approval from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC) and the Tennessee Board of Law Examiners (TBLE).

Regarding Accreditation
Lincoln Memorial University – John J. Duncan, Jr. School of Law is provisionally approved by the American Bar Association (ABA). Students at provisionally accredited law schools are given the same recognition as students at fully accredited law schools. Upon the award of provisional accreditation, students enrolled in the institution and who subsequently graduate are deemed graduates of an ABA-accredited law school.

A provisionally approved law school may apply for full approval no earlier than two years after receiving provisional approval and must obtain full approval within five years after receiving provisional approval. The earliest Lincoln Memorial University – Duncan School of Law may apply for full accreditation from the ABA is December 2016.

Questions concerning ABA accreditation may be directed to:
Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar
American Bar Association
321 N. Clark Street, 21st Floor
Chicago, IL 60654
Phone: 312.988.6738

Lincoln Memorial University – Duncan School of Law also is approved by the Tennessee Board of Law Examiners.

The Lincoln Memorial University-Duncan School of Law (LMU-DSOL) 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 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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Accreditation Statement
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.

Questions concerning ABA accreditation may be directed to:
Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar
American Bar Association
321 N. Clark Street, 21st Floor
Chicago, IL 60654
Phone: 312.988.6738

American Bar Association FAQ Website

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