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 …

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 …

First 3+3 Accelerated Law Student Begins UM School of Law

Jessica Simon begins her journey to a Juris Doctor this summer

OXFORD, Miss. – Jessica Simon always wanted to be an advocate for people in need. To fulfill that lifelong mission, Simon will begin her studies at the University of Mississippi School of Law this summer while finishing her last year of the undergraduate 3+3 Accelerated Law program in the Department of Legal Studies. The native of Nashville,Read the story …