Honoring a Professor’s Lasting Impact

Gift bolsters scholarship endowment of former law school professor 'Guff' Abbott

OXFORD, Miss. – When a law professor addresses students in the classroom, the faces of future attorneys, judges, politicians, policymakers and even world leaders could be looking back. A professor’s teaching can have a ripple effect, touching one life that, in turn, can influence thousands of others. Recently, a graduate of the University of Mississippi SchoolRead the story …

UM Law, Business Schools Launch Joint Degree Program

Students can complete both a J.D. and an MBA in three years

OXFORD, Miss. – For graduates with expertise in both law and business, there’s almost no limit on career choices. The University of Mississippi is offering an opportunity for students to be at the cutting edge of law and business with interdisciplinary skills fit for the modern economy. The university’s School of Law and the SchoolRead the story …

Endowment Honors Longtime Friendship

Law school classmate establishes scholarship for Judge Glen Davidson

OXFORD, Miss. – A friendship beginning in a summer law class turned into a lifelong bond and resulted in a new scholarship at the University of Mississippi School of Law. That bond recently led Elliot H. Loden to establish the Judge Glen H. Davidson Scholarship Endowment with a gift of $100,000. The endowment recognizes theirRead the story …

Miss Mississippi Raising Organ Donation Awareness Across State

Mary Margaret Hyer, a 2018 UM graduate, represents the state for 2019

OXFORD, Miss. – University of Mississippi alumna Mary Margaret Hyer is using the spotlight as Miss Mississippi 2019 to draw attention to her social change initiative, “Advocate, Celebrate, Donate: Diminishing the Donor Organ Deficit.” Hyer, a Hattiesburg native and 2018 graduate with a degree in English, plans to enroll in the UM School of Law onceRead the story …

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 …

First 3+3 Graduate Moves on to Law School

Participant in academic joint venture receives her business degree

OXFORD, Miss. – Mariel Spencer, of Seattle, Washington, recently made history when she completed her bachelor’s degree in general business at the University of Mississippi. What made her degree unique is that it included coursework in torts, civil procedure, legal research and writing, and constitutional law. Spencer is the first Ole Miss student to receiveRead 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 …

Students Help Grow University’s Commercialization Efforts

Student workers gain valuable experience while helping advance technology transfer goals

OXFORD, Miss. – The Office of Technology Commercialization at the University of Mississippi is a small staff covering a lot of ground. The office, part of the university’s Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, is responsible for stimulating, protecting, managing and transferring intellectual property created by Ole Miss employees from campus to the private sector for commercialization. TheRead the story …