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UM Law Faculty Serve on ABA Reading Group to Evaluate Qualifications of Supreme Court Nominee

OXFORD, Miss. – Twelve University of Mississippi School of Law professors just completed service as part of a reading group for the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary to evaluate the qualifications of U.S. Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett.

The reading group, chaired by UM Professor of Law Chris Green, was one of two academic reading groups commissioned by the Standing Committee to review the nominee’s legal writings throughout her career.

“Our team worked hard to gather, distribute, read, and evaluate the legal writings from Judge Barrett’s time on the Seventh Circuit and as a professor,” said Green. “It was a great honor for our faculty to be asked to do it.”

Additionally, the Standing Committee was chaired by Randy Noel, a UM alumnus and attorney with Butler Snow in Memphis, Tennessee.

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Faculty Highlights – October 2019

Butler Snow Lecturer and Professor of Law Mercer Bullard has his article “Crowdfunding’s Culture of Noncompliance: An Empirical Analysis” accepted for publication in the Lewis & Clark Law Review. The St. Louis Dispatch also wrote a piece about the article.

MacArthur Justice Center, led by Cliff Johnson, has been in news recently regarding mental health care for people who are incarcerated. Johnson was also quoted in an article by The Washington Post in the article “Sentenced to 2 days but held for 54: How one man’s jail suicide underscores Mississippi’s mental health care crisis.” The MacArthur Justice Center filed a lawsuit on behalf of Wayne Johnson’s family.

The MacArthur Justice Center and other clinics are assisting detained migrants. Director Cliff Johnson was quoted in a U.S. News article.

The Clarion Ledger interviewed Cliff Johnson about pretrial incarceration.


Faculty Highlights – September 2019

The University of Mississippi School of Law’s Air and Space program stayed in the news during a discussion of crime in space. Slate and The Verge spoke with Michelle Hanlon and The Washington Post spoke with both Hanlon and Charles Stotler, associate directors of the Center for Air and Space Law.

Hanlon continued the discussion on space crime with CTV. She was also featured this month on Legal Talk Network and Flash Forward’s podcast, “Moon Court.”

Butler Snow Lecturer and Professor of Law Mercer Bullard has been selected to serve on Independent Task Force on Enforcement for the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards.

Professor of Law Ron Rychlak had his article “Communist Disinformation: The Assault on a Pope and Catholic Leaders in Eastern Europe” published in the Catholic Social Science Review.