Emeriti Faculty

Faculty and Scholarship

College of Law faculty are excellent teachers, scholars, and practitioners. Their influential and well-respected scholarship is placed in some of the most esteemed law publications in the nation.

Faculty and Scholarship

College of Law faculty are excellent teachers, scholars, and practitioners. Their influential and well-respected scholarship is placed in some of the most esteemed law publications in the nation.

Emeriti Faculty

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.

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 led the UT Legal Clinic from 1981-86, and was acting director during 1990-91, the spring of 1993, and the fall of 2002.

Professor Black was honored in August 2003 by the Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He also received the Richard S. Jacobson Award for Excellence in Teaching Trial Advocacy from the Roscoe Pound Institute in 2002.

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, who retired in 2012, 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.

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.

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

Contact

Phone: 865-974-6801
Email: ggraymed@utk.edu

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, Professor 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.

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

Contact

Email: phardin@utk.edu

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. In 2008, she was instrumental in founding the Homer A. Jones, Jr., Wills Clinic, one of the live-client clinics at the College of Law. 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. From 2010 to 2012, Professor Hess taught estate planning in the distance education LLM in taxation program at the University of Alabama.

Since 1994, Hess has been the successor author of Bogert, The Law of Trusts and Trustees, a leading multi-volume treatise in the field. 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. Professor Hess was an associate editor of the Real Property, Probate and Trust Journal from 1990 until 1997 and the editor-in-chief from 1997 to 2001. She served as the American Bar Association advisor to a committee of the uniform law commission that drafted the 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.

From 2005 to 2012, Hess’s principal research interest was attitudes toward estate planning among the baby boomer generation. She presented the results of her research at various seminars across the country. In 2013, she turned her attention to the estate planning challenges posed by changing notions of the family. This research formed the basis of several presentations, most recently a national webinar presented in February 2019 titled “Drafting for the Twenty-First Century Family.”

In 2005, Professor Hess 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. In 2018, she was inducted in to the Hall of Fame of the National Association of Estate Planners and Councils. At the University of Tennessee, she has been twice honored with the Bass, Berry & Sims Award for Service to the Bench and Bar, and the Harold C. Warner Outstanding Teacher Award. She also received the UTK National Alumni Outstanding Teacher Award, and the Carden Award for Outstanding Achievement in Scholarship. She is an academic fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel.

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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.

During his time as a faculty member, Professor King received the Harold C. Warner Outstanding Teacher Award, the W. Allen Separk Outstanding Teacher Award, the Carden Award for Outstanding Service, and the Carden Award for Outstanding Scholarship.

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Professor Emeritus, Lindsay Young Distinguished Professor of Law

Contact

Phone: 865-974-6840

E-mail: rlloyd@utk.edu

Education

BSE, 1967, Princeton University
JD, 1975, University of Michigan Law School

About

Professor Lloyd began his academic career at UT after working 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. While teaching at UT, he was twice 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, 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 served as assistant dean from 1972 until 1974. He was 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. His academic interests relate to corporate law and the regulation of the legal profession. 

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 has served 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. After serving as interim director of UT’s Howard Baker, Jr. Center for Public Policy for a year, he was named director and has since retired.

 

Title

Professor of Law Emeritus

Contact

Phone: 865-974-1481
E-mail: drivkin@utk.edu
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
E-mail: jsobiesk@utk.edu
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.

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

Until her retirement, Professor Williams was an associate professor at the University of Tennessee College of Law. She began teaching in the advocacy clinic in 1999 and later taught in the business law clinic. 

Before her career at UT, Professor Williams taught at Cornell University Law School’s Legal Aid Clinic, and for many years she was a legal aid lawyer in New York City.