Faculty/Staff

Desiree Hensley

Desiree C. Hensley is an assistant professor of Law and directs the Civil Legal Clinic. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Letters from the University of Oklahoma and a Juris Doctor in Law from Georgetown University Law Center where she was a Public Interest Law Scholar. Professor Hensley came to the law after working in the public interest, first as a member of AmeriCorps*VISTA, and then as the executive director of a civil society not-for-profit organization. After law school, Professor Hensley was an Equal Justice Works Fellow at Bread for the City in Washington, D.C. and later worked in private real estate practice there. During law school, Professor Hensley was a Peggy Browning Fund Fellow and clerked at the International Union of Electronic, Electrical, Salaried, Machine and Furniture Workers. She also clerked at the D.C. Public Defender’s Service.

Cameron Abel

Cameron Abel is an adjunct professor and supervising attorney of the Transactional Law Clinic. Abel is also a practicing attorney with the Tollison Law Firm in Oxford where he has practiced since 2006 and where he clerked for two years during law school. A native of Oxford, Abel graduated from the University of Mississippi in 1992 with a B.A. in journalism. He became a Mississippi Delta journalist before teaching in the public schools in Drew, Mississippi for nine years. He has taught a CLE course in school law and is a sitting member of the Mississippi Bar professionalism committee. Abel graduated from the University of Mississippi School of Law cum laude in 2006. He was a member of the Phi Delta Phi honorary legal fraternity.

David Calder

David L. Calder is a visiting professor of law who teaches in the Child Advocacy Section of the Civil Legal Clinic. David received a B.A. in Religion from Mississippi College in 1975. Prior to Law School, David was a member of Sojourner’s Fellowship in Washington D.C. where he was involved in housing-related issues on behalf of low income families. In 1986, David received a J.D. in Law from the University of Mississippi, where he was a member of the Mississippi Law Journal and received the Mississippi Law Institute Scholarship. After law school, David served a law clerk for United States Magistrate Judge Jerry A. Davis for two years before he entered private practice. David directed the Fair Housing Clinical Program at the Ole Miss Law School from 1994 to 1996, and he has been serving as visiting clinical professor in the Civil Legal Clinic from 2000 to the present. David is married to Claire Calder, and they have one daughter, Laurie Lamar.

Marie Cope

Marie Saliba Cope is a visiting clinical professor of Law and is a supervising attorney of the Housing Clinic. She has been with the University of Mississippi’s Civil Legal Clinic since the spring of 2007. Since joining the Clinic, she worked with the Domestic Violence and Child Advocacy Clinics. She graduated from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, and from the University of Memphis with a Master’s Degree in Community Agency Counseling. After completing her Master’s degree, she worked at the Memphis and Shelby County Juvenile Court as a Counselor for several years. Professor Cope left the Court to become the Program Director at the M. K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence at Christian Brothers University where she worked for a couple of years before teaching in the Shelby County School System. After teaching for five years, Professor Cope attended the University of Missisippi School of Law where she earned a Juris Doctorate.

Minnie Howard

Minnie Howard is the managing attorney of the Oxford Litigation Center of North Mississippi Rural Legal Services. She serves as adjunct professor for the Street Law Clinic, a part of the University of Mississippi Civil Legal Clinic Program. She serves (along with her students) at the Food Pantry where students conduct interviews and respond to legal questions presented by the Pantry’s clients.

Catherine V. “Ginny” Kilgore

Catherine V. “Ginny” Kilgore is the Elder Law Project Director for North Mississippi Rural Legal Services. She has directed the NMRLS Elder Law Project since 1985. The project provides training activities, community legal education, and direct representation to clients in a 39 county service area, through grants from six area agencies on aging. She serves as adjunct professor for the Elder Law Clinic, a part of the University of Mississippi School of Law Civil Legal Clinical Program. She has made many presentations for attorneys, service providers for the elderly and the senior population on Elder Law topics. She is the 2002 recipient of the University of Mississippi Law School Public Service award. She is a past recipient of the Mississippi Bar Legal Services Lawyer of the Year Award.

Tommie Jean Brock

Administrative Assistant
Employed with Civil Legal CLinic since 2003