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David W. Case

Professor of Law and Mississippi Defense Lawyers Association Distinguished Lecturer

Professor Case regularly teaches Environmental Law, Administrative Law, Contracts, Contract Negotiation and Drafting, Civil Procedure, and Property

Professor Case began his career as a law professor in 2001 at the University of Memphis School of Law, subsequently joining the University of Mississippi School of Law faculty in 2007. He also regularly teaches as a member of the faculty of the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College at Ole Miss. Professor Case is a member of the Mississippi Bar (since 1988) and currently serves as a member of the Mississippi Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Rules (since 2017). He was named one of “Mississippi’s Leading Attorneys” by the Mississippi Business Journal in 2019.

Professor Case received his Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctor degrees from the University of Mississippi. While a law student at Ole Miss, he was on the executive editorial board of the Mississippi Law Journal, served as chair of the law school student body Honor Council, and was selected for membership in the honor society of Phi Kappa Phi. He received a Master of Laws degree from Columbia University and subsequently earned his Doctor of Philosophy degree from Vanderbilt University in Interdisciplinary Studies: Environmental Law, Management and Policy. While in residence at Vanderbilt, Professor Case was a Bridgestone Americas Fellow in Environmental Management and a senior research associate with the Vanderbilt Center for Environmental Management Studies.

Following graduation from Ole Miss Law, Professor Case served as a federal judicial clerk for the Honorable Rhesa H. Barksdale of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit (1991-92) and the Honorable James C. Sumner of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi (1993-94). Professor Case was in private law practice for seven years and a partner in the Jackson, Mississippi law firm of Ott & Purdy. He also served as an attorney in the Civil Division (Commercial Litigation Branch) of the United States Department of Justice in Washington, D.C.

Professor Case’s legal scholarship primarily focuses on environmental regulation and management.  His articles have appeared in the Duke Environmental Law & Policy Forum, the Emory Law Journal, the Environmental Law Reporter, the Mississippi College Law Review, the Mississippi Law Journal, the University of Colorado Law Review, the University of Memphis Law Review, the Washington & Lee Law Review, and the William & Mary Environmental Law & Policy Review.  He co-authored (with colleague Professor Ron Rychlak) the book Environmental Law, part of the Legal Almanac Series: Thomson Reuters’ Law for the Layperson (re-released by West Publishing following original publication by Oxford University Press).

Professor Case coached teams in the National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition in White Plains, New York, for nearly two decades. His Ole Miss Law teams won five championships at the NELMCC (in 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, and 2016). His experiences with moot court coaching are the subject of a recent article, A Pedagogical Rationale for the Law Professor as Moot Court Coach, 89 Miss. L.J. 367 (2020).


Ph.D., Vanderbilt University
LL.M., Columbia University
J.D., University of Mississippi
B.A., University of Mississippi