The Mississippi Innocence Project, housed in the University of Mississippi School of Law, is shedding new light on the death-row case of Willie Jerome Manning and the 1992 slayings of two college students. Read the story.
Clinic endowed by J. Roderick MacArthur Foundation
OXFORD, Miss. – The University of Mississippi School of Law plans to open its ninth clinic, the MacArthur Justice Clinic, which will undertake impact litigation on human rights and criminal justice issues in the state, this summer.
The law school is also seeking a tenure-track clinical faculty member to lead and teach in the clinic.Read the story …
Louisville native brings three decades of experience in corporate and civic causes
OXFORD, Miss. – The University of Mississippi School of Law has hired John McCullouch as its associate dean for outreach, putting him in charge of the school’s placement, recruiting and outreach efforts in the Jackson metro area.
McCullouch, a Louisville native, previously had a 28-year career with BellSouth, ultimately serving as state general counsel and then as president of the company’s operations.
“John was the perfect person for the job,” said Richard Gershon, dean of the law school. “He is a respected leader who has a great connection to the Jackson metro area. More importantly, he is a wonderful person who contributed more hours than any other lawyer to our Pro Bono Initiative. We are truly lucky to have him as a part of our team.”Read the story …
Barnett to lead Venable LLP Cybersecurity Initiatives
WASHINGTON, DC – Enhancing its leadership in communications and cybersecurity law, Venable LLP announced that James Arden Barnett, Jr., Rear Admiral, USN (Retired), has joined the firm as a partner in Washington, DC. Jamie Barnett is the former Chief of the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau for the Federal Communications Commission. He becomes co-chair of the Telecommunications Group and a partner in the firm’s cybersecurity practice. Read the story.
Program builds on school's longstanding expertise in aviation, remote sensing and space law
OXFORD, Miss. – The University of Mississippi School of Law will launch the nation’s first LL.M. in Air and Space Law this fall, with the degree program being available both on campus and online and as a full-time or part-time program.
Once it receives the necessary approvals, including the American Bar Association acquiescence – expected this month – the the law school will be the first and only ABA-accredited law school in the country to offer the degree.
“There are very few legal experts in aviation, remote sensing and space law,” said Richard Gershon, dean of the UM law school. “The University of Mississippi is fortunate to house some of the leading experts in those areas. There is no other law school with the strength, depth and resources that we have in this arena.”Read the story …
Team works with Humphreys County Sheriff on breakthrough in murder of Kathy Mabry
OXFORD, Miss.– The Mississippi Innocence Project, a clinic based at the University of Mississippi School of Law, has developed leads on biological evidence left at the scene of an unsolved 1997 rape and stabbing homicide in Humphreys County.
The partially clothed body of Kathy Mabry, 39, was discovered March 25, 1997, in a vacant house in Isola. She had suffered multiple stab wounds.
The leads prompted MIP to seek the help of the Mississippi Association of Chiefs of Police and the Humphreys County Sheriff’s Department, which ultimately requested the Mississippi Crime Lab to conduct DNA testing.
That test developed a profile of sufficient quality to upload to the Combined Index DNA System, known as CODIS, a national database of DNA profiles. The testing subsequently disclosed a match between a convicted murderer, who had originally been a suspect, and the evidence found at the scene.Read the story …
Distinguished law lecturer died Tuesday; services set for Saturday
OXFORD, Miss. – Richard L. Barnes, 58, the Leonard B. Melvin Distinguished Lecturer and professor of law at the University of Mississippi, died Tuesday (Jan. 22) morning in a car accident on Interstate 40 in Conway County, Ark., as he was driving home to Oxford.
Barnes, who received the 2006-07 Outstanding Professor of the Year and 2007-08 Faculty of the Year awards from the law school, was described as a “great colleague and caring human being” by Richard Gershon, dean of the UM School of Law.Read the story …
Experience gives students a chance to interact with judges
OXFORD, Miss. – University of Mississippi law students and members of the public had a rare opportunity to observe real cases being heard before a panel of the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals recently at the university’s Robert C. Khayat Law Center.
The court sat at Ole Miss for three days in early November. With 19 cases on the docket, the judges heard eight oral arguments, including an appeal from a conviction of conspiring to manufacture methamphetamines. Judges E. Grady Jolly, Edith H. Jones and James E. Graves participated in a question-and-answer session with Ole Miss law students as a conclusion to the hearings.
Panel discussion will examine how growing issue will affect football
OXFORD, Miss. – The second annual fall symposium sponsored by the Mississippi Sports Law Review will focus on the legal implications of concussions on football.
“The Impact of Concussion Lawsuits on the Future of Football” is set for 1:30-3:30 p.m. Nov. 9 in the Robert Khayat Law Center, room 1078. The session is free and open to the public.
The panel discussion will address various aspects of the recent concussion crisis in professional football, including the pending lawsuits against the NFL, the recent suicides of well-known NFL players Dave Duerson and Junior Seau, the burgeoning research on the consequences of concussions, the increased precautions taken in caring for football players and the possible effects of these issues on the future of football.
Panelists include: André Pond Douglas Cummings, a law professor at West Virginia University law school and associate dean of academic affairs at the new Indiana Tech Law School; Andrew Gregory, associate professor of orthopaedic surgery at Vanderbilt University and co-founder of the Vanderbilt Sports Concussion Center; Jeffrey Standen, associate dean for faculty and Van Winkle Melton Professor of Law at Williamette University College of Law; Philip Thomas, of the Philip W. Thomas Law Firm; and Todd Wade, a former all-SEC player at Ole Miss and former offensive tackle for the NFL Miami Dolphins, Houston Texans, Washington Redskins and Jacksonville Jaguars. William W. Berry III, an assistant professor of law at Ole Miss, will moderate the discussion.
Members of the Mississippi Bar can earn two hours of free CLE credit for attending.
For more information about the symposium visit the Mississippi Sports Law Review.
October is national Bullying Prevention Awareness Month
OXFORD, Miss. – “At 12 p.m. today, I received a phone call that a 10-year-old had committed suicide,” Family Court Judge Chandlee Kuhn told an audience of mostly law students recently at the University of Mississippi School of Law.
“Bullying was a factor; child mental health and the Division of Family Services were involved; and his 5-year-old sibling found him.”
Kuhn’s remarks were part of a Sept. 27 panel discussion on civil rights issues related to education that was organized by the U.S. Attorney General’s Advisory Committee. October has been designated as national Bullying Prevention Awareness Month by PACER’s National Center for Bullying Prevention.
Kuhn was among four legal experts who weighed in on civil rights issues of bullying and the “school to prison pipeline” during discussion. More than 25 U.S. attorneys attended the discussion.Read the story …