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David W. Case

Professor of Law and Mississippi Defense Lawyers Association Distinguished Lecturer

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

Professor Case joined the University of Mississippi School of Law faculty in 2007 after previously serving on the faculty of the University of Memphis School of Law (2001-07). Professor Case has been a member of the Mississippi Bar since 1988 and has served on the Mississippi Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Rules since 2017. In 2019, he was named one of “Mississippi’s Leading Attorneys” by the Mississippi Business Journal.

In 2004, Professor Case received his Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University in Interdisciplinary Studies: Environmental Law, Management and Policy. While in residence at Vanderbilt (1998-2001), Professor Case was a Bridgestone Americas Fellow in Environmental Management and a senior research associate with the Vanderbilt Center for Environmental Management Studies. Professor Case previously earned his B.A. and J.D. from the University of Mississippi and his LL.M from Columbia University. As a student at Ole Miss Law, he was a member of the executive editorial board of the Mississippi Law Journal, chair of the Honor Council, and selected for membership in the honor society of Phi Kappa Phi.

Prior to his academic career, Professor Case served as a judicial clerk for two federal judges – 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). He was also a partner in the Jackson, Mississippi law firm of Ott & Purdy and prior to that 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 is primarily focused 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 the book Environmental Law with colleague Professor Ron Rychlak, part of the Legal Almanac Series: Thomson Reuters’ Law for the Layperson (re-released by West Publishing following original publication by Oxford University Press). His second book Mississippi Real Property Law and Practice is under contract for publication by Matthew Bender & Company in 2024.

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). In 2020, he published an article on his experiences coaching moot court – A Pedagogical Rationale for the Law Professor as Moot Court Coach – in the Mississippi Law Journal.

Professor Case met his wife Catherine when both were first-year students at Ole Miss Law. Between the two of them and their four children – Veronica, Jane Costner, Sarah Catherine, and Sam – they have 12 degrees from the University of Mississippi.


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