Associate Professor Shelly George
DUNCAN SCHOOL OF LAW PROFESSOR PRESENTS "LAW FOR ALL"
April 18, 2011 - Knoxville, Tennessee — Lincoln Memorial University-Duncan School of Law (LMU-DSOL) Professor of Law Shelly George has been on a mission since arriving in Knoxville, Tenn., in July 2010 to join the faculty of LMU-DSOL. In eight months, George has spoken to over 2,000 students of various age ranges in Knox County Schools with her “Law for All” presentations.
George developed the program with the goal to introduce the concepts of the legal profession to middle and high school students. The program has a specific aim to teach at risk and minority youth that they can go to college, law school and beyond. George’s mission is to inspire youth to keep an open mind about their futures.
Bearden Middle School Principal Sonya Winstead recently invited George to speak to an assembly. “The goal of the assembly was to help students see that others believe in them. To see that if they work hard and make good choices, they can achieve and make their dreams come true. And Professor George did just that,” Winstead said.
The program is impacting youth across the region as George has presented at Bearden Middle School, Austin East Magnet High School and Vine Middle School. Additionally this month, she will return to Austin East and speak at Cedar Bluff Middle School and at Career Day at College Hill SDA School.
George hopes to turn on a light bulb with her presentations. “My goal in these classrooms and with these students is to move from a position of being fearful of the law or not knowing anything about the law, to having a desire to make it a career,” she said.
George practiced in the areas of criminal law, administrative law and family law in the state of Texas prior to joining the LMU-DSOL faculty. She worked on behalf of the indigent at Legal Aid before becoming a criminal prosecutor in Travis County, Texas. George has worked specifically to address the needs of victims of domestic abuse by helping them acquire protective orders and other services designed to assist and empower victims. She has also taught internationally on the topic of human rights. George currently teaches criminal law, evidence and criminal procedure at LMU-DSOL. George holds a bachelor of arts degree from Howard University and a Juris Doctor from Texas Tech School of Law.
George continues to develop the program and has plans to conduct training sessions for other LMU-DSOL professors. For more information on the program or to schedule a presentation, please contact Faculty Services Administrative Assistant Heidi O’Donnell at (865) 545-5323.
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. 7775 or visit us online at www.lmunet.edu/law.
CAPTION: LMU-Duncan School of Law Associate Professor Shelly George presents a program, Law For All, she designed to students at Bearden Middle School in January. George hopes to expand the program next year.
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