LMU ANNOUNCES CHANGES AT DUNCAN SCHOOL OF LAW
October 24, 2012 - Harrogate, Tennessee — Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) President B. James Dawson has announced a series of changes at LMU-John J. Duncan, Jr. School of Law (LMU-DSOL) as the University continues to work toward initial American Bar Association (ABA) approval.
“LMU remains committed to providing the highest quality legal education to our students,” LMU President B. James Dawson said. “The trustees and administration of Lincoln Memorial University founded the Duncan School of Law to continue its mission of service. LMU remains steadfast in its pursuit of academic excellence in all disciplines of study, and we look forward to working with the ABA as we move forward.”
The ABA has identified three interrelated Standards with which the institution has not yet established substantial compliance, all of which relate to the need to address specifically the nature of unanticipated economic conditions that have adversely affected the legal profession and the demand for legal education since LMU completed its initial law school feasibility study. To assist its work in demonstrating appropriate responses to a transformed market, LMU has engaged seasoned legal consultant Leary Davis, Founding Dean and Professor of Law Emeritus at Elon University School of Law. Davis also served as founding dean of Campbell University’s Norman A. Wiggins School of Law. Davis’s initial emphasis will be guiding LMU-DSOL in its strategic planning process.
LMU Vice President and Founding Dean Sydney A. Beckman has been granted a research leave through the end of the academic year. He remains a tenured member of the faculty.
“Sydney Beckman built a rigorous program of legal education and assembled an outstanding faculty.,” Dawson said. “LMU appreciates his dedication to this process.”
The Lincoln Memorial University-Duncan School of Law (LMU-DSOL) is located in Knoxville’s Historic Old City Hall Building. LMU-DSOL is an integral part of LMU’s values-based learning community, and is dedicated to preparing the next generation of lawyers to provide sound legal service in the often underserved region of Appalachia and beyond. For more information about LMU-DSOL, call 1-800-325-0900, ext. 5303 or visit us online at www.lmunet.edu/law.
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