Emeriti Faculty

Emeriti Faculty

Title

Associate Professor of Law

Education

SB, 1960, Iowa State University
JD, 1962, University of Iowa College of Law
LLM, 1968, Harvard Law School

About

Professor Anderson serves on the faculty of the UT Legal Clinic. Before coming to UT in 1973, he was a practicing attorney and county attorney in Iowa. Professor Anderson was also a teaching fellow at Harvard University and a member of the faculty at the University of Missouri. He was honored with the 1994 Lionel R. Barrett, Jr. Award from the Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers for his work with the Indigent Defense Funding Crisis Group. Professor Anderson received the Bass, Berry & Sims Award for Outstanding Service to the Bench and Bar. He served as reporter for the Tennessee Indigent Defense Commission from 1995 to 1998.

Title

Professor Emeritus, College of Law Distinguished Professor of Law

Contact

Phone: 865-974-6814

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Education

BA, 1969, Harvard/Radcliffe College 
JD, 1979, University of Tennessee College of Law
LLM, 1988, Harvard Law School

About

Professor Ansley’s expertise reaches beyond the law school and into the community. While teaching at the College of Law, she often found ways to involve her students in collaborative projects aimed at working with communities to tackle problems of injustice, and her scholarly research tended in a similar direction.

Since retiring from teaching in 2007, she has continued both her active scholarship and community engagement.  She still works with faculty and students from the College of Law on projects of mutual interest.  Over the years Professor Ansley’s writings have explored a range of issues.  Most recently she has focused largely on immigrants’ rights and labor rights and the relationship between the two.

Professor Ansley’s articles have appeared in a number of law reviews, including California, Colorado, Cornell, Georgetown, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee.  She co-edited a 2009 book on Latino immigration to the Southeastern United States, and she has contributed chapters to several interdisciplinary books on issues of race, gender, poverty, and workers’ responses to globalization.

In addition to her legal scholarship, Professor Ansley is co-author of a memoir concerning a 1989 coal miners’ strike in southwest Virginia, co-editor/author of an oral history of labor struggles in several East Tennessee coal mining communities, and co-author of the original edition of Our Bodies, Our Selves. She served as principal humanities adviser to a documentary film on impacts of globalization in East Tennessee that was directed and produced by independent filmmaker Anne Lewis.

With regard to professional service, Professor Ansley has a special commitment to lawyering for and with organizations that are working to bring about grassroots, bottom-up social change. She has provided pro bono representation, done legal and empirical research, and worked as a community legal educator with a range of such groups throughout her career.

Professor Ansley received a 2008 Heroes Award from the Latino Task Force of the Community Economic Development Network of East Tennessee, the 2007 Great Teacher Award from the Society of American Law Teachers, the 2007 Danny Mayfield Champion of Change Award from Community Shares of Tennessee, and she received from the College of Law the 2006 Harold C. Warner Outstanding Teacher Award, the 2003 Carden Award for Outstanding Achievement in Scholarship, the 1994 Marilyn V. Yarbrough Faculty Award for Writing Excellence, and the 2002 and 1993 W. Allen Separk Awards for Superior Achievement in Scholarship.

Title

Professor Emeritus, Former Associate Director of the Law Library and Professor

Contact

Phone: 865-974-6728
Office: Room 235

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Education

BS, 1975, East Carolina University

MLS, 1979, Florida State University

About

Professor Best is the Associate Director of the Joel A. Katz Law Library.  From 2009 to 2011, she served as Interim Director of the Law Library upon the retirement of the Director. Professor Best came to UT in 1979 as the Head of the newly established Cataloging Department. During her tenure as Head of the Department, the library’s extensive collection became more accessible through the use of consistent cataloging practices and standards and the transition to a web-based online catalog. Professor Best has served the Library, College and the University through her service on numerous committees, as a Law School representative to the Faculty Senate, and as a mentor to untenured faculty. She was a recipient in 1997 and 2010 of the College of Law’s Carden Award for Outstanding Service and in 1999 of the UTK Employee Team Excellence Award for Promoting the Spirit of Teamwork. Professor Best is a board member of the Knoxville Branch of the American Association of University Women and serves as the organization’s webmaster.

Title

Associate Professor Emeritus, Associate Professor of Law

Contact

Phone: 865-974-2331
Office: Room 87
 

Education

BA, 1965, Rhodes College

JD, 1968, Vanderbilt University Law School

About

Professor Black has been working in the public interest all of his legal career. He was a staff attorney with Legal Services of Nashville, Director of Clinical Programs and Administrator of Clinical Programs at Vanderbilt University, and Executive Director of the Knoxville Legal Aid Society. Professor Black was Director of the UT Legal Clinic from 1981-86 and Acting Director during 1990-91, the spring of 1993, and the fall of 2002. He remains a member of the clinic faculty. Professor Black was honored in August 2003 by the Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers for “his lifetime contribution to teaching the goals, aspirations, and principles of quality criminal defense to his students, peers, and friends at TACDL.” He also received the Richard S. Jacobson Award for Excellence in Teaching Trial Advocacy from the Roscoe Pound Institute in 2002. Professor Black was the recipient of the Harold C. Warner Outstanding Faculty Service Award in 1991 and 1998 and the Forrest W. Lacey Award 1996-97.

Title

Professor Emeritus, Williford Gragg Distinguished Professor

Contact

Phone: 865-974-6822
Office: Room 392
 

Education

AB, 1961, University of Alabama

JD, 1964, University of Alabama

LLM, 1965, Yale University

About

Professor Cook is the senior member of the UT faculty, having joined the faculty in 1965 shortly after receiving the LL.M. degree from Yale University. He was named Williford Gragg Distinguished Professor in 1979 and served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs during 1991–92. Professor Cook is the author or co-author of two multi-volume treatises, Constitutional Rights of the Accused and Civil Rights Actions and Casebooks in Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure. During the summers of 2000 and 2001 Professor Cook taught in England as a faculty member with the Cambridge Summer Abroad Program. He has received the L.R. Hesler Award for Excellence in Teaching and Service, the Carden Award for Outstanding Scholarship, the Harold C. Warner Outstanding Teacher Award (twice), the Forrest W. Lacey Award (twice), and the UT Alumni Outstanding Teacher Award. Professor Cook is a Trustee of the Tennessee Justice Foundation. Prof. Cook was the 2004-05 University of Tennessee Macebearer, the highest honor the University bestows upon faculty.

Title

Professor Emeritus, Elvin E. Overton Distinguished Professor of Law

Contact

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Education

BA, 1969, University of Delaware

MA, 1975, Northwestern University

JD, 1975, Northwestern University School of Law

PhD, 1980, Northwestern University

About

Professor Davies’s special areas of expertise are the investigatory phase of criminal procedure, especially search and seizure law and the related exclusionary rule, and the history of criminal procedure. His research on the effects of the exclusionary rule has been discussed in several U.S. Supreme Court opinions as well as a number of state supreme court opinions. He has appeared of counsel in two Supreme Court search cases and has also been a witness before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on proposed legislation relating to exclusion. His recent research deals with recovering the authentic historical meanings of the provisions of the Bill of Rights that regulate criminal procedure. To date, Professor Davies has published research on the original meaning of the Fourth Amendment, the “due process of law” clause in the Fifth Amendment, the right against self-incrimination in the Fifth Amendment, and the right of confrontation in the Sixth Amendment, as well as framing-era arrest law.

Professor Davies is currently completing research on two other aspects of constitutional history — how the Marshall court trumped up its famous claim of unconstitutionality in the 1803 ruling in Marbury v. Madison, and how the recharacterization of an officer’s unlawful conduct as a form of government illegality enlarged the significance of the Bill of Rights.

Articles by Professor Davies have been published in the American Bar Foundation Research Journal, the Brooklyn Journal of Law and Policy, the Brooklyn Law Review, the Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology, the Justice System Journal, the Michigan Law Review, Law and Contemporary Problems, the Lewis and Clark Law Review, the Mississippi Law Journal, the Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law, the Texas Tech Law Review, the Wake Forest Law Review, and the Tennessee Law Review. Before joining the UT faculty in 1986, Professor Davies practiced law as a corporate litigator in the Chicago office of Kirkland & Ellis and was also a researcher at the American Bar Foundation.

Title

Associate Professor Emeritus, Associate Professor of Law

Education

BA, 1961, Washington and Lee University

JD, 1968, Vanderbilt University Law School

About

Professor Gray retired as a member of the University of Tennessee College of Law during the summer of 2001. During his 28 years as a member of the faculty, Prof. Gray was involved in the practice of mediation and in programs in which law students mediated cases before Tennessee courts and federal, state, and local government agencies.

During 1999-2000 Professor Gray served as draftsman for the Tennessee Title 33 Revision Commission, which comprehensively revised the title. The code on services to mentally ill and developmentally disabled people which he authored was enacted as Tennessee Public Chapter 947 on June 23, 2000. The title contains new statutes in Normalized form that facilitate the development of legal expert systems.

Professor Gray co-wrote the mediation manual that is currently in use by the Knox County General Sessions Court. He also has an interest in legal expert systems and has been published in the John Marshall Journal of Computer and Information Law, Jurimetrics Journal, and the Journal for the Integrated Study of Artificial Intelligence, Cognitive Science and Applied Epistemology.

Professor Gray received the Loevinger Prize from Jurimetrics Journal, the Bass, Berry & Sims Faculty Award for Service to the Bench and Bar, and a Chancellor’s Citation for Extraordinary Community Service.

Title

Professor Emeritus, W. Allen Separk Distinguished Professor of Law

Education

BA, 1962, University of Alabama

JD, 1965, University of Chicago Law School

About

Professor Hardin is a highly-regarded expert in the field of labor law. He is editor-in-chief of The Developing Labor Law (3rd ed.) and co-editor-in-chief of the fourth edition, published in 2001. Prof. Hardin has been published in Proceedings of Annual Institutes on Labor Law, The Labor Lawyer, and The Tennessee Law Review. In October 2002 President Bush appointed him to serve as one of three members of the Board of Inquiry, under the Taft-Hartley National Emergency procedure, concerning the work stoppage in the West Coast ports.

Prior to joining the UT faculty in 1975, Professor Hardin was Chief Counsel to the Chairman and Associate General Counsel in charge of the Division of Enforcement Litigation of the National Labor Relations Board. He was also a trial attorney with the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice and a practicing attorney with the Chicago firm of Pope, Ballard, Shepherd & Fowle. Professor Hardin has received the Harold C. Warner Outstanding Teacher Award, the Carden Award for Outstanding Service to the College of Law, andthe Carden Award for Outstanding Achievement in Scholarship. He served as the College of Law’s Associate Dean for Academic Affairs during 1986-87.

Title

Professor Emeritus, UTK Distinguished Service Professor of Law, and Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis and Williford Gragg Distinguished Professor of Law

Contact

Phone: 865-974-6805
E-mail: ahess@utk.edu
Office: Room 371

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Education

BA, 1968, Barnard College

JD, 1971, University of Virginia School of Law

About

Professor Hess specializes in trusts and estates, property, and taxation. Before beginning her teaching career in 1980, she practiced law in New York City and Charlottesville, Virginia, concentrating her practice in estate planning and administration. Since 1994, she has been the successor author of the leading treatise in the trust and estates law: Bogert, Trusts and Trustees. Her articles on federal taxation have appeared in the Tennessee Law Review, the Real Property, Probate and Trust Journal, and the Tax Lawyer. She also is the co-author of a casebook on the law of trusts and estates.

For several years, Hess has been researching attitudes toward estate planning among the baby boomer generation. She has presented the results of her research at seminars in Destin, Florida (October 2007); Knoxville, Tennessee (January 2008); Colorado Springs, Colorado (March 2009); and at the Southern Regional Meeting of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel in Mobile, Alabama (April 2012) under the title “Estate Planning for the Baby Boomers: Will They Have Estates to Plan?.” In September 2008, she presented some of this research as a panelist in a presentation entitled “What a Difference a Generation Makes: Estate Planning for Generations X, Y, and Beyond” at the Joint Fall Continuing Legal Education Symposium of the American Bar Association Sections of Taxation and Real Property, Trust & Estate Law in San Francisco, CA. A portion of that presentation was published as the lead article in the ABA Tax Section Quarterly (Winter 2009).

Professor Hess was associate editor of the Real Property, Probate and Trust Journal from 1990 until 1997 and editor from 1997 to 2001. In 2005, she received the Treat Award for Excellence from the National College of Probate Judges for her many contributions to the development of probate and trust law. She is an academic fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel. She is currently serving as the American Bar Association Advisor to a committee of the Uniform Laws Commission charged with drafting a uniform powers of appointment act. In addition to her academic activities, Professor Hess consults and acts as an expert witness on matters involving estates and trusts law.

Professor Hess has been honored with the Bass, Berry & Sims Award for Service to the Bench and Bar twice, the Harold C. Warner Outstanding Teacher Award twice, the UTK National Alumni Outstanding Teacher Award, and the Carden Award for Outstanding Achievement in Scholarship. She has been a visiting professor at the University of Missouri-Columbia, the University of Texas, the University of South Carolina, and the University of Alabama, and an associate professor at the University of Colorado. From 2010 to 2012, Professor Hess taught Estate Planning in the distance education LLM in Taxation program at the University of Alabama.

Title

Professor Emeritus, Walter W. Bussart Distinguished Professor of Law

Contact

Education

BA, 1965, Pennsylvania State University

JD, 1970, University of Pennsylvania Law School

About

Professor King has been widely published on torts and medical issues. His research interests include torts, especially relating to the standard of care and causation; medical malpractice; worker’s compensation; and social security disability.

He is the author of The Law of Medical Malpractice in a Nutshell and his writings have been published in the American University, Washington and Lee, SMU, Cincinnati, William & Mary, Hofstra, Wake Forest, Oklahoma, Memphis, Baylor, Houston, Tennessee, Ohio State, Vanderbilt, and University of Pennsylvania law reviews, and in the Yale and Duke Law Journals. His articles have been cited in more than one hundred cases, including decisions by the British House of Lords and the Canadian Supreme Court.

Professor King has lectured frequently to health care providers and to veterinarians on professional liability. His lectures have included a presentation at a conference sponsored by Harvard Medical School.

A member of the UT faculty since 1973, he has twice received the Harold C. Warner Outstanding Teacher Award, has received the W. Allen Separk Outstanding Teacher Award, and has also been honored with the Carden Award for Outstanding Service and the Carden Award for Outstanding Scholarship.

Title

Professor Emeritus, Lindsay Young Distinguished Professor of Law

Education

BSE, 1967, Princeton University

JD, 1975, University of Michigan Law School

About

Professor Lloyd came to the UT College of Law in 1983 after a career in commercial law with the Los Angeles firm of Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton. He helped to develop UT’s concentration in business transactions and served as the first director of the college’s Center for Entrepreneurial Law.

Professor Lloyd is the author of numerous articles. Since joining the UT faculty he has twice been honored with the Student Bar Association’s Outstanding Teaching Award and the Harold C. Warner Outstanding Teacher Award. In 1996 he received the UTK National Alumni Outstanding Teacher Award. Professor Lloyd is a Fellow of the American College of Commercial Finance Lawyers.

Title

Professor Emeritus, Former Associate Director of the Law Library and Professor

About

Professor Picquet has served the Law Library and contributed to its progress and development since 1969. She has served as the Acting Director at various times. Throughout her career she has been an active participant in the life and governance of the institution, the community, and the profession. She has been honored with The Carden Award for Outstanding Service to the Institution and the UTK Employee Team Excellence Award for Promoting the Spirit of Teamwork.

Her published scholarly works include seven books (co-authored with colleague Reba Best).Her works also include several articles on Tennessee legal materials.

Professor Picquet continues to develop and nurture a diverse research and publication agenda. Her continuing research projects include plans for additional books:

  • Great Smoky Mountains Regional Collection/Bibliographic Project, Contributor, with University of Tennessee Libraries Faculty.

  • Journals and History of the University of Tennessee Law Library, 1921 – with colleague Loretta Price.

  • Hypnotically Refreshed/Induced Testimony.

  • Prayer in the Public Schools, The Symbolic Movement for a Constitutional Amendment.

  • The Scopes Trial: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow.

  • Campaign 2000-2004: Expectations, Symbolism, and the Rule of Law.

Professor Picquet’s service and governance contributions to the College of Law include her work with the Academic Standards Committee, the Library Advisory Committee, the Dean’s Search Committee, the AALS/ABA Self-Study Committee, The Future of the Law School Committee, various promotion, tenure and post-tenure committees, and her service as the College of Law Faculty Representative to UTK Libraries. She has served as mentor to a number of untenured faculty. She serves on a variety of Law Library committees and Chairs both the Faculty Affairs Committee and the Budget Realignment Committee.

She has participated in the governance of the University through her service on the Chancellor’s Committee for the Evaluation of Administrators, the Faculty Career Advancement Panel of the UTK Professional Awards Program, the Faculty Senate and its committees, the Commission for Women and its committees, and the Graduate Council and its committees.

Her service to the community has been accomplished through her service on the advisory or governing boards of other institutions and of service organizations including South College, Knoxville (Advisory Board), East Tennessee Lawyers’ Association for Women (Board Member and Newsletter Editor), Tennessee Lawyers’ Association for Women (State Publications Committee), East Tennessee Women’s Political Caucus (Member of the Governing Board, Chair of the Scholarship Committee, Chair of the Nominations Committee, Vice-President for Legislation, Website Editor, Voter Registration Co-Ordinator, Woman Today Expo Co-Ordinator, Habitat for Humanity House Construction Project Participant), East Tennessee Association for Female Executives (Board Member, Chair of the Nominations Committee, Grants Committee, Newsletter Co-Editor) American Association of University Women, National Women’s Political Caucus, and the National Organization for Women.

Additional public service has been accomplished through her work with The American Association of University Professors (Co-Chair of the Committee on the Status of Women, Committee W on the Consensual Relations Between Faculty and Students), the Text and Academic Authors Association (Awards Judge), Tennessee Government Documents Roundtable (State Plan Project), American Association of Law Libraries (Academic Libraries Special Interest Section – Strategic Planning Committee), and the Southeastern Chapter of the American Association of Law Libraries (Special Arrangements Committee, Membership Committee).

Title

Professor Emeritus, W. Allen Separk Distinguished Professor of Law

Contact

Phone: 865-974-8515
E-mail: cpierce5@utk.edu

Education

BA, 1969, Yale University

JD, 1972, Yale Law School

About

Professor Pierce’s primary academic interests relate to corporate law and the regulation of the legal profession. He is also the College of Law’s legal historian. Professor Pierce came to UT shortly after receiving the J.D. degree in 1972 and served as assistant dean from 1972 until 1974. While at UT he has been a Fellow in Law and the Humanities at Harvard University for a year and a visiting professor at Washington University in St. Louis for a year. Professor Pierce received the Carden Award for Outstanding Institutional Service in 1993 and 1999. In 1997 he was awarded the Bass Berry & Sims Award for Outstanding Service to the Bench and Bar and the Tennessee Bar Association President’s Award for Outstanding Service, and was again awarded the Bass Berry & Sims Award for Outstanding Service to the Bench and Bar in 2002.Professor Pierce currently serves as chairperson of the Tennessee Valley Authority Board of Contract Appeals and as the Reporter for the Tennessee Bar Association’s Standing Committee for Ethics and Professional Responsibility. He previously served as the Reporter for the Tennessee Bar Association Committee for the Study of Standards of Professional (1995-2002) and as the Associate Reporter for the American Bar Association Commission on the Evaluation of the Rules of Professional Conduct (Ethics 2000 Commission) (1997-2002).After serving as interim director of UT’s Howard Baker, Jr. Center for Public Policy for a year, he was named director in 2010

Title

Professor of Law

Contact

 
Phone: 865-974-1481
Office: Room 382

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Areas of Expertise

Education Law, Environmental & Energy Law, Public Interest Law

Education

AD, 1968, Hamilton College

JD, 1971, Vanderbilt Law School

About

Professor Rivkin brings to the classroom hands-on experience in a variety of legal areas.

During his years as a member of the UT faculty, he has been an advocate for the rights of children and families, a protector of the environment, and a supporter of public interest law. Professor Rivkin has been counsel in public interest litigation concerning such issues as air pollution and TVA, a challenge to the Tennessee Barratry Statute, the defense of the Tennessee Surface Owner Protection Act, the rights of children in special education, and the right to education for students who are expelled from school. He was a member of the Southern Appalachian Mountain Initiative, a comprehensive effort to combat the adverse effects of air pollution on the national parks and wilderness areas in the Southeast.

Professor Rivkin is a frequent presenter of programs on clinical legal education and the rights of disabled school children, and he has delivered papers to ABA and AALS conferences on clinical education and public interest law. During 2004 he also has lectured on environmental law at four universities in China. Since 2000, he has served as Director of the AALS Equal Justice Project. He served as a member of the AALS Membership Review Committee from 2009-2012.

Professor Rivkin has served as a visiting professor at the UCLA Law School, the University of Maryland Law School, American University Washington College of Law, and, in 2002 and 2004, at Harvard Law School.

Title

Professor Emeritus, Lindsay Young Distinguished Professor of Law

Contact

Phone: 865-974-6817
Office: Room 273

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Education

BS, 1967, Loyola University (Chicago)

JD, 1970, University of Michigan

About

Professor Sobieski came to the UT College of Law in 1972 after clerking for Justice Walter V. Schaefer of the Supreme Court of Illinois and serving as a lieutenant (JAGC) in the United States Navy. He was named Lindsay Young Distinguished Professor of Law at UT in 1986.

In addition to serving for eleven years as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and for two years as Interim Dean of the College, Professor Sobieski has served as a member or chaired every major law school committee, including the Governance Committee, Self-Study Committee, Academic Standards and Curriculum Committee, Teaching Improvement and Faculty Development Committee, the Technology Committee, several Dean Search Committees, and numerous Faculty and Administrative Appointments Committees. In recognition of his outstanding contributions, Professor Sobieski has been honored with the College’s Carden Award for Extraordinary Service three times, in 1993, 2006, and again in 2008.

Professor Sobieski has chaired the search committees for the Dean of the College of Art and Architecture and the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research of the College of Communications. He has also served as a member of Committee A of the UT Chapter of the AAUP. In addition, he served for three years as a member of the University’s Information and Technology Roundtable, and was a member of the Twenty-First Century Committee. In honor of his outstanding teaching and service, Professor Sobieski was named the University Macebearer for the 2009-2010 academic year.

Professor Sobieski has received the Harold C. Warner Outstanding Teacher Award twice, the Tennessee Bar Association’s Outstanding Law Professor Award, the Carden Faculty Award for Outstanding Service, the Bass, Berry & Sims Award for Outstanding Service to the Bench and Bar, the Forrest W. Lacey Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Moot Court Board (twice), and the Carden Award for Superior Achievement in Scholarship. He is co-author of the seven-volume Civil Rights Actions and helped to draft the Tennessee Rules of Appellate Procedure. While in law school Professor Sobieski was one of the Note and Comment Editors for the Michigan Law Review.

Professor Sobieski was the 2009 Macebearer, the highest faculty honor awarded at the University of Tennessee. The article detailing Professor Sobieski’s distinguished service to the university is available on the Chancellor’s website.

Tobin, Kris

Title

Assistant Professor and Reference/Faculty Services Librarian

Contact

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Areas of Expertise

Law Librarianship, Legal Research, Maritime Law, Tax Law

Education

BS, 1982, St. Cloud State University

JD, 1990, Hamline University

LLM, 1993, William Mitchell College of Law

MLIS, 1996, Dominican University

About

Professor Tobin joined the Law Library faculty in 2010. Since 2011 she has been involved in creating and coordinating the Legal Research II Pro Bono Capstone Project for our first year law students. Her community engaged scholarship was recently featured in the Tennessee Law and the Quest magazines.

Prior to becoming a professor she practiced law in Minnesota specializing in the areas of taxation, business law, estate planning, and probate. Professor Tobin holds an LLM in Taxation from William Mitchell College of Law. Her research interests include community engaged scholarship in the form of 1L curriculum service learning through pro bono experience and admiralty and maritime law research.

Title

Professor Emeritus, Associate Professor of Law

Contact

Phone: 865-974-2331
Office: Room 75

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Education

BA, 1966, Brown University

JD, 1971, New York University

About

Professor Williams has been an Associate Professor at the University of Tennessee College of Law since 1999. She taught initially in the advocacy clinic, and beginning in the fall of 2002, she is teaching a new business law clinic where students are learning to practice business and transactional law. The new clinic represents start-up businesses, non-profit community groups, and individuals with transactional legal issues. She has also taught a family law seminar.

Before coming to UT, Professor Williams taught for one year as a visitor at the Cornell University Law School in its Legal Aid Clinic, and for many years she was a legal aid lawyer in New York City. In addition to developing the new business law clinic, she pursues her interests in the subjects of wealth and poverty, clinical legal education, and domestic violence in the law school curriculum through her scholarship and her participation in a variety of professional development activities.

Title

Professor Emeritus, Former Dean, and Elvin E. Overton Distinguished Professor of Law

Education
 

BA, 1961, Amherst College

MPA, 1963, Princeton University

JD, 1970, Stanford Law School

About

Professor Wirtz has been a member of the UT College of Law faculty since 1974. He served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs from 1988 until 1991, Acting Dean from 1991 until 1992, and as Dean of the College from 1992 to 1998. Following his term as dean, Wirtz was a Fulbright Scholar.

He has been honored for his teaching with the Harold C. Warner Outstanding Teacher Award and the Student Bar Association Outstanding Teacher Award. He has had articles published in the Tennessee, Indiana and Washington law reviews and the Antitrust Law Journal. Professor Wirtz is a fellow of the American and Tennessee Bar Foundations.

Prior to entering law teaching, he worked with the Peace Corps, clerked for Judge Robert A. Ainsworth, Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and practiced law in Seattle, Wash. Prof. Wirtz was on leave during 1999-2000, teaching law in Slovenia on a Fulbright Scholarship. In April 2001 he chaired the ABA-AALS site visit to the University of Maine School of Law.