Ole Miss Law Year in Review: Top 16 in 2016

It’s been another big year for the University of Mississippi School of Law. Here are some of the top stories from the law school this year.

1. UM Law #24 for Securing Federal Clerkships

Business Insider has ranked University of Mississippi School of Law as the 24th best school in the nation for securing federal judicial clerkships for students. According to the website, 6% of UM Law students obtain federal clerkships.

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2. Student Publishing Sets Record

The University of Mississippi School of Law has had another banner year for student publishing. Twenty-eight student members of the Mississippi Law Journal accepted publication offers this spring, with a record sixteen of those offers coming from outside journals such as the Gonzaga Law Review, the South Dakota Law Review, the Southern Methodist University Journal of Air Law and Commerce, and the Wake Forest Journal of Law and Policy.

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3. Two More National Championships for UM Law Moot Court

The Negotiation Board had two national championships this year. Clayton Adams and Alexia Boggs won the Tulane Professional Football Negotiation Competition hosted by Tulane University Law School, and Jessica Rice, Matthew Orr, and Rachel Smith won the St. John’s Securities Dispute Resolution Arbitration Competition. The Moot Court Board also won a national championship. Mary Margaret Roark and John Juricich won the Jeffrey G. Miller Pace National Environment Law Moot Court Competition at Pace Law School for the second consecutive year.

 

4. UM Law Awarded Best Value Status by National Jurist

National Jurist’s preLaw Magazine has once again named Ole Miss Law as a Best Value School.

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5. Law Professor Named University’s Teacher of the Year

For his passion and dedication to teaching, John Czarnetzky was awarded the 2016 Elsie M. Hood Outstanding Teaching Award, presented by Vitter during the 73rd annual Honors Day Convocation. Czarnetzky, who has taught undergraduate students as well as law students, was honored and humbled.

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Professor John Czarnetzky receives the Elsie M. Hood Award from Chancellor Vitter.

Professor John Czarnetzky receives the Elsie M. Hood Award from Chancellor Vitter.

 

6. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Visits the Law School

The U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals recently conducted a session at the University of Mississippi School of Law, hearing cases and spending time with students in more informal settings. Judges Grady Jolly, Rhesa Barksdale and Leslie Southwick made up the panel that heard cases at the school.

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7. UM Law Clinical Programs Ranked in Top 50

The University of Mississippi School of Law’s Clinical Programs has been named by National Jurist magazine as one of 56 best law schools for practical training.  The magazine examined the ratio of simulation, clinic and externship placements to number of students to determine the rankings.

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8. Business Law Program Tops National Jurist List

The University of Mississippi School of Law was one of only four law schools that received a ranking of A+ in the area of Business Law. The Business Law Program was featured in the article “Top schools for business and corporate law.”

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9. Law School Professors Named Public Justice Trial Lawyers of the Year

Professors Cliff Johnson and Jacob Howard from the Roderick and Solange MacArthur Justice Center at the University of Mississippi School of Law were among a team of lawyers that received the 2016 Trial Lawyer of the Year Award. The Award is given annually by Public Justice, the national non-profit firm aimed at ending injustice in the courts.

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10. UM Law Student Featured in National Jurist Magazine

A University of Mississippi law student is among 25 featured in the National Jurist magazine’s inaugural Law Student of the Year feature, showcasing the many talents and accomplishments of law students across the country.

Olivia Hoff’s name was submitted by the School of Law to be considered for one of the coveted 25 spots.

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Olivia Hoff

 

11. UM Law Top 25 in the Nation for Practical Training

The University of Mississippi School of Law has been named among the top 25 nationally for practical training available to students by The National Jurist magazine. The publication crunched the numbers for all the schools’ statistics and issued a report card it its spring 2016 issue, awarding the Ole Miss law school an A- rating, placing 19th in the nation.

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12. LSSB Hosts MS Supreme Court Candidates

The University of Mississippi School of Law Student body hosted the Mississippi Supreme Court District 3 Place 1 Election Forum on November 2, 2016.The candidates who attended were John Brady of McComb, Miss; Steve Crampton of Tupelo, Miss; Judge Jim Kitchens of Caledonia, Miss; and Judge Bobby Chamberlin of Hernando, Miss.

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13. Federal Courts Law Review and Mississippi Law Journal Announce Partnership

The Federal Courts Law Review (FCLR) and the Mississippi Law Journal (MLJ) have formed an exciting new publishing partnership starting in the 2016-2017 academic year. Under the partnership plan, the editors of the Mississippi Law Journal will provide essential editing services for the Federal Courts Law Review and also publish a joint MLJ-FCLR partnership volume of the Mississippi Law Journal.

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14. Law School Holds Professionalism Program

The University of Mississippi School of Law hosted a number of judges and lawyers from all over the State of Mississippi during the annual James O. Dukes Law School Professionalism Program, a half day program conducted by the Mississippi Bar Association as part of the Fall Orientation. This is the first year that incoming law students have taken the Professionalism Oath and received a University of Mississippi School of Law lapel pin.

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15. UM Law Alumna, Bush Staffer Delivers Commencement Address

The University of Mississippi School of Law welcomed alumna Tobi Young, general counsel and staff secretary for the George W. Bush Presidential Center, as the featured speaker at the school’s graduation, May 14 in the Grove. Young spoke at the law school’s individual ceremony, which followed the main university Commencement at 9 a.m.

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16. Criminal Appeals Clinic Reaches 100 Clients Represented

In April, the Criminal Appeals Clinic reached the century mark through the representation of 100 appellants, since the creation of the clinic in 2002.

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