Their Judicial Dreams Affirmed

Three alumni appointed as U.S. District Court judges share career lessons, talk UM's role in success

OXFORD, Miss. – Though they’ve all taken very different routes to get there, three University of Mississippi alumni find themselves as new U.S. district court judges with the awesome responsibility of upholding the nation’s laws. Judge Cory T. Wilson, of Flora, is serving on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, based in New Orleans. Judge Kristi H.Read the story …

UM Announces New Towns for M Partner Community Improvement Program

McLean Institute adds Ecru, Pontotoc for Phase 2 of community building

OXFORD, Miss. – Following the successful launch of a pilot program that assisted three Mississippi towns with community improvement projects, the McLean Institute for Public Service and Community Engagement at the University of Mississippi has launched Phase 2 of its M Partner program with the addition of two more municipalities. The town of Ecru andRead the story …

Ensuring Justice for All

UM Class of '47 alumna creates fund to assist law students so they can assist others

OXFORD, Miss. – From the vantage point of her 94 years, Sara Myers Turner, a member of the University of Mississippi Class of 1947, witnessed much of our state and nation’s history unfold, some of it troubling, especially when it came to ensuring the civil and legal rights of all citizens. But it’s a brighter,Read the story …

Gift Supports Third-Year Law Students

First recipient named for new scholarship that honors alumnus, telecommunications attorney

OXFORD, Miss. – A $100,000 gift created the James R. Billingsley Third-Year Law Scholarship Fund, which gives each recipient $10,000 toward tuition for their final year at the University of Mississippi School of Law. The first recipient, Jonathon Hoskins, of Banks, Arkansas, said the award comes at an opportune time. “I’ve exhausted my GI benefits,Read the story …

Curtis Flowers Defense Team Receives Human Rights Award

UM law school's Innocence Project has represented Flowers since 2015

OXFORD, Miss. – The Southern Center for Human Rights has awarded the Curtis Flowers defense team, which includes the George C. Cochran Innocence Project at the University of Mississippi, the 2020 Frederick Douglass Human Rights Award. Flowers was tried six times for the 1996 murder of four people in a furniture store in Winona. Finally,Read the story …

UM Releases Enrollment for Fall 2020

Graduate and professional enrollment experience increased demand

OXFORD, Miss. – The University of Mississippi enrolled 21,676 students across its seven campuses for fall 2020. UM’s enrollment reflects a geographically diverse student body, with students from all 82 counties in Mississippi, 49 states, the District of Columbia and 86 countries around the world. The university’s fall 2020 enrollment figure represents a 2.7 percent decline whenRead the story …

UM Law Pro Bono Initiative Receives Statewide Award

Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Project honors effort to train law students, assist real-world clients

OXFORD, Miss. – The Pro Bono Initiative at the University of Mississippi School of Law is a recipient of the Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Project 2020 Pro Bono Award. “I am appreciative to MVLP for recognizing the valuable contribution the Pro Bono Initiative has made to serving our low-income population,” said Judge Jacqueline Mask, of Tupelo,Read the story …

Researchers Tackle Challenges of Safe Drinking Water in Mississippi

Interdisciplinary team partners with communities to raise awareness of lead risks

OXFORD, Miss. – Recognizing that clean drinking water is a necessity of life, a group of University of Mississippi professors is using community-based research, education and outreach to work with communities in addressing water quality challenges. Most Mississippians receive their drinking water from a network of more than 1,100 public water systems. The smaller systems serveRead the story …

Alumnus, Wife Launch Nonprofit to Aid Mississippi Small Businesses

Brian and Marie Sanderson create Mississippi 30 Fund to assist companies affected by COVID-19

OXFORD, Miss. – A University of Mississippi alumnus and his wife – who met during Hurricane Katrina recovery efforts – are continuing to help the state’s small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. Brian and Marie Sanderson, of Ocean Springs, have launched the Mississippi 30 Day Fund. Small businesses in Mississippi can apply for as muchRead the story …

Law Alumna Named Top 40 Under 40 by Industry Magazine

Jenny Ann Urban earned degree in air and space law from UM

OXFORD, Miss. – Jenny Ann Urban’s passion for travel and interest in law has led to a successful career as director of aviation relations and compliance at Clear, a growing firm that provides expedited airport security clearances for travelers. Airport Business Magazine recently named the University of Mississippi alumna to the 2019 Airport Business TopRead the story …