Law Alumna Helps Put Family First Initiative into Action

Kimberly Russell works with Mississippi Supreme Court justice to provide resources to families

OXFORD, Miss. – In Mississippi, nearly 5,000 children are in foster care and of those, 82 percent were brought into custody of Child Protection Services because of neglect. Each year, thousands of children are removed from their family homes, mostly due to poverty, drug addiction or untreated mental illness. Mississippi’s Family First Initiative of theRead the story …

Inaugural Education Law Conference Informs Nearly 100 Participants

Free speech and Mississippi charter schools among the topics discussed

OXFORD, Miss. – Conversations about Mississippi charter schools and free speech on campuses were among the highlights of the Mississippi Education Law Conference earlier this month at the University of Mississippi. Nearly 100 educators and attorneys attended the inaugural conference to learn about laws and policies related to issues facing schools from preschool through higherRead the story …

Satisfying Their Wanderlust

UM law alumnus Oliver Diaz and wife explore the world in retirement, one country at a time

OXFORD, Miss. – A law degree can open a door to so many opportunities. For Oliver Diaz, a graduate of the University of Mississippi School of Law, a storied career has led to him telling his own stories of travel. Diaz earned his degree from the law school in 1985 and later received a MasterRead the story …

Becoming the Change She Wished to See

Constance Slaughter-Harvey delivers Commencement address for School of Law

OXFORD, Miss. – In January 1970, Constance Slaughter-Harvey became the first black woman to graduate from the University of Mississippi School of Law. She was so busy helping others with her new degree, she forgot to come back to the Commencement ceremony that May. “It seems as if I filed a lawsuit a week forRead the story …

Law Student Making a Difference in Uganda

Ali Roberson is completing externship with International Justice Mission

OXFORD, Miss. – Ali Roberson knew she wanted to pursue a career where she could help others. The second-year University of Mississippi law student from Dallas earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Ole Miss because she wanted to interact with others and help them solve problems. “I thought I wanted to be a counselor,Read the story …

School of Law to Host Inaugural Mississippi Education Law Conference

Sessions designed to inform educational leaders and attorneys on issues and laws

OXFORD, Miss. – A new conference designed to inform educators and attorneys about the latest laws and policies governing schools from preschool through higher education is set for June 14 at the University of Mississippi School of Law. The inaugural Mississippi Education Law Conference is aimed at educational leaders and attorneys representing institutions, school districts,Read the story …

Law Student Awarded Peggy Browning Fellowship

Gerald Kucia will work in Jackson this summer to advance workers' rights causes

OXFORD, Miss. – Gerald Kucia, a second-year student at the University of Mississippi School of Law, will spend his summer advancing the cause of workers’ rights in Jackson through the Peggy Browning Fellowship Program. Kucia was awarded the competitive 10-week fellowship, which provides a stipend to law students interested in a career in labor lawRead the story …

The Defense Rests

UM law professor Phillip Broadhead retires after 35 years as teacher, public defender

OXFORD, Miss – Phillip Broadhead, a clinical professor in the University of Mississippi School of Law, has influenced the lives of hundreds of students and residents throughout his lifelong legal career as a public defender in Mississippi. Broadhead retires this month after serving 17 years as director of the UM Criminal Appeals Clinic. Originally fromRead the story …

Student Wellness a Priority for School of Law

School signed a national wellness pledge and hosts programming throughout the year

OXFORD, Miss. – The University of Mississippi School of Law not only provides students with a premier legal education, but it is also taking steps to improve the overall well-being of law students. The school recently signed on with the American Bar Association’s Well-Being Pledge Campaign, which focuses on the improved mental health of lawRead the story …

Law Student, Alumni Honored for Pro Bono Work

Stephanie Gobert named Outstanding Student Volunteer of the Year by Pro Bono Initiative

OXFORD, Miss. – The knowledge that attorneys carry comes with great responsibility. Many attorneys and aspiring attorneys use that knowledge to give back to clients in need through pro bono work. The Pro Bono Initiative at the University of Mississippi School of Law honored the work of students and community attorneys at its recent annualRead the story …