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OXFORD, Miss.–The University of Mississippi School of Law recently approved its first four affiliated faculty as part of the law school’s new affiliated faculty program: John Green from the Department of Sociology; Robert Mongue from the Department of Legal Studies; Steven Skultety from the Department of Philosophy; and John Winkle from the Department of Political Science.

“The Law School’s new Affiliated Faculty Program is meant to promote creative collaborations in teaching, research and service between law faculty and other UM faculty,” said Jack Nowlin, associate dean for faculty development and professor at the law school.  “There is so much scholars from different fields can learn from working with each other. Our work only gets better when we collaborate across disciplines.”

The law school hopes this program will increase collaborative activities such interdisciplinary participation in the law school’s academic workshop program, joint sponsorship of speaking events, joint research projects and team-teaching.

UM faculty recognized as law school affiliates will appear on the law school’s faculty page with that title and will also receive special invitations to attend law school speaking events and participate in workshop programs.

Each of the law school’s four new affiliated faculty members is an outstanding UM faculty scholar with a solid history of interdisciplinary collaborations with the law school.

Professor John Green is an associate professor of sociology and director of the Center for Population Studies. His interests include community development, health and health care, limited resource and minority farmers, and the social dimensions of disaster. He has worked with the law school’s transactional clinic and engaged in joint research projects with Professor Desiree Hensley.

“I am elated to be an affiliated faculty member with the School of Law,” John Green said.  “As a research center director and faculty member in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, I am working on a wide range of applied programs in community development, agrifood systems and health. This association with the School of Law has expanded the reach of my work and my professional connections.”

Robert Mongue, associate professor of legal studies, has had over 30 years’ experience practicing law in addition to his academic accomplishments. He specializes in paralegal education and is the author of the “Empowered Paralegal” book series. His collaborations with the law school include giving guest lectures, organizing interdisciplinary speaking events and working on projects to better integrate graduate and undergraduate legal education.

“I look forward to the opportunity to strengthen the bond between the law school and the Legal Studies Department, especially the Paralegal Studies Program,” Mongue said. “While my previous communications have focused on those of our students who intend to apply for admission to law school, I think that it would be just as helpful to both paralegal students preparing for careers as paralegals and law students preparing for careers as attorneys to engage each other during their education for purposes of improving their working relationships when that education is complete.”

Steven Skultety is an associate professor of philosophy and chair of the Department of Philosophy and Religion.  Professor Skultety’s interests lie in ancient philosophy, especially the work of Aristotle, and in republican and democratic theory. Skultety’s collaborations with the law school include co-sponsoring speaking events and regularly participating in the law school’s faculty writing groups.

“Philosophy and law both rest on an ability to make clear and persuasive arguments,” Skultety said.  “Whenever I work with my colleagues in the Law School, I’m struck by how much we have in common.  Anyone who attends one of our co-sponsored events – like our annual Constitution Day talk or the Jack Dunbar lecture in philosophy and law – will also see the similarities.  As an affiliated faculty member, I’m looking forward to continuing my own collaboration with law professors, and I’m also excited to search for new ways the Law School and the Department of Philosophy and Religion can work together.”

John Winkle is professor emeritus with the Department of Political Science.  Over his 40 year career, he has taught courses on constitutional law, judicial politics the American legal process, and many other topics.  He has published numerous articles on wide range of subjects such as lobbying by federal judges before Congress, state-federal judicial councils and the political role played by the administrative office of the U.S. courts.  Winkle’s long history of collaborations with law faculty include team-teaching, participating in joint speaking events and circulating drafts to law faculty for comment.

“I am delighted to be a law school faculty affiliate and look forward to continued work with my colleagues in the law school,” said Winkle. “Some of my fondest associations over the years have been with active and retired law school faculty whom I am pleased to call my friends.”

UM faculty interested in collaborative opportunities with the law school should contact Associate Dean Jack Nowlin. UM faculty may apply for affiliated faculty status by sending Dean Richard Gershon a curriculum vitae along with materials highlighting recent collaborative activities with law faculty. A copy of the law school policy is available here: Affiliated Faculty Policy.

Learn more about these affiliated faculty members on the faculty directory page.

 

Ben Cooper, associate professor and Jessie D. Puckett, Jr., lecturer, will speak at Southern Methodist University’s (SMU) Social Media Law Symposium Oct. 17.  His panel is entitled “Issues with Judges, Juries and Social Media.”  Cooper will also present his paper “Judges and Social Media: Disclosure as Disinfectant,” which will be published in the SMU Science & Technology Law Review.

View the symposium’s program for full details.

Professor Mercer Bullard was quoted in today’s International Business Times on the Supreme Court’s decisions to hear an important case on the obligations of fiduciaries of 401(k) plans. Professor explained the primary claim in the case and the likely impact if 401(k) participants prevailed.

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OXFORD,Miss.–Two University of Mississippi School of Law students finished second in the 2014 National Sports Law Negotiation Competition Sept. 19-21 in San Diego.  Matt Peters and John Michael Allen, both third year students, competed against 36 teams from across the nation.

“I am very proud of the performance by Matthew Peters and John Michael Allen at the 2014 National Sports Law Negotiation Competition in San Diego, California,” said Brad Ryan, chair of the law school’s negotiation board. “The continued successes of the Negotiation Board and all of Ole Miss Law’s advocacy boards is a testament to the students’ hard work, faculty members’ coaching and the comprehensive education we receive here in Oxford which allows us to compete with law schools nationwide.”

Final Round Competition Teams (Maryland, University of Mississippi School of Law, Chapman and Southwestern), Final Round Judges and NSLNC Board

According to the website, the competition’s purpose is to give law students a great experience, competition and place to meet like minds in the sports law world.  It focuses on current issues in the sports world each year and facilitates students, coaches and judges to negotiate and make decisions on sports topics in an academic setting.

“This achievement is especially exciting when combined with the championship success of Drew Taggart and Brad Cook at last year’s Law Meets Transactional Negotiation Competition in New York,” said Brad Daigneault, third year law student and secretary of the law school’s negotiation board.

“When the board was created just a few years ago, the members believed that through hard work and proper preparation our members could be competitive with students from all across the country.  Our recent successes show how far we have come in a short period of time and we look forward to continuing to compete in various external competitions while representing our law school proudly.”

Peters and Allen competed against two different Florida A&M University College of Law teams in rounds one and two and the University of Maryland School of Law in the finals.  Round topics included “Preserving Torrey Pines” (City of San Diego vs. Municipal Golf Committee); “Behind the Mask” (World Umpires Union vs. Wilson Equipment); and “Serving up Supplements” (Fabiana Claudino vs. BPI Sports). 

“We were judged by reputable business people across California, California state court judges and federal judges,” said Peters.  “They all gave us invaluable insights into the real world that we’ll be able to carry forward as we begin to practice.”

Final round judges included Roger T. Benitez, U.S. district judge, U.S. District Court, Southern District of California; Joan K. Irion, associate justice, Fourth District Court of Appeal, Division One, California Court of Appeal; and Browder A. Willis, III, superior court judge, Superior Court of California, County of San Diego.

John McCullouch, associate dean metro jackson, was recently named board chairman of the Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Project (MVLP).  According to the organization, MVLP was the first statewide Pro Bono Project in the U.S. and the nation’s first joint venture between federally funded legal service providers and a Bar Association. Its mission is to provide free, quality civil legal assistance to underserved residents of Mississippi.

By: Jillian Steptoe

OXFORD, Miss. – Two University of Mississippi School of Law graduates, Robert Khayat, former chancellor, and Lanny Griffith, chief executive officer of BGR Group, will receive highest honors from the Ole Miss Alumni Association as part of the Association’s Homecoming festivities.

Khayat is being inducted into the Alumni Hall of Fame and Griffith is receiving the Alumni Service Award.  The two will be honored with other recipients at a reception on Friday, Oct. 17 at 6 p.m. in the Gertrude C. Ford Ballroom at the Inn at Ole Miss. A dinner will follow at 7 p.m.

According to the Alumni Association, the Hall of Fame, created in 1974, honors a select group of Ole Miss alumni who have made an outstanding contribution to their country, state or the University of Mississippi through services or contributions that have perpetuated the good reputation of Ole Miss.

“In addition to being a transformative Chancellor for the university, Robert Khayat was an outstanding law professor who touched the lives of generations of lawyers,” said Richard Gershon, law school dean. “I am proud to work in a building named for him.”

Khayat, whom after the Robert C. Khayat Law Center was dedicated in April 2011, has been recognized for many outstanding achievements throughout his life.

Khayat received his undergraduate and law degrees from Ole Miss. After completing his education, he joined the University of Mississippi School of Law faculty in 1969 where he served as associate dean and a professor.

In 1980, a Sterling Fellowship enabled him to obtain a master of laws degree from Yale School of Law.

Former Chancellor Khayat is also a member of the Student Hall of Fame at Ole Miss, an honorary member of Phi Beta Kappa and was selected as Law Alumnus of the Year in 2014.

Khayat served as chancellor of Ole Miss from 1995-2009, where he increased university enrollment by 43% and raised $100 million in grants for research and development. He also founded the Law Alumni Chapter, which makes many contributions to the school and its alumni.

The Alumni Service Award recognizes those who have demonstrated exemplary service to the university and the Alumni Association over an extended period of time.

This year’s recipient, Lanny Griffith, received his undergraduate degree in business in 1973 and graduated from the University of Mississippi School of Law in 1976.

“Lanny Griffith has helped the law school and the university through his unselfish spirit of service and his generosity,” said Gershon. “He never asks for anything in return, which is why it is so wonderful that we can honor him.”

After graduating from Ole Miss, Griffith’s political career began in the early 1980s when he worked for the Republican National Committee.  He served as the executive director of the Mississippi Republican Party for three years and in 1988, served as Southern political director for Vice President Bush’s presidential campaign. In 1989, Griffith was sworn in as special assistant to the president, serving as President Bush’s liaison to governors and other statewide elected officials.

Griffith made many great strides in the advancement of education. In 1991, Griffith was nominated to be assistant secretary of education. At the U.S. Department of Education he assisted Secretary Lamar Alexander in building a national consensus around educational standards and testing.

Griffith represented the U.S. on the Education Committee of the Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and served as co-chairman of the Advisory Council on Dependent Education, which serves as the school board for all dependent schools worldwide under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Department of Defense.

Griffith’s work for the Bush family continued with his role as national chairman of the Bush-Cheney 2000 Entertainment Task Force and entertainment coordinator for the 2001 Bush Inaugural. He later served as a ranger and as a member of the Bush 2004 National Finance Committee.

Griffith is a founder of the Trust for the National Mall and currently serves on the board of directors. He serves as national treasurer for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in the U.S.

“These awards represent the highest honor bestowed on alumni of the university. It is a wonderful tribute to our law school that two recipients this year are law school graduates,” said Gershon.

 

By: Jillian Steptoe

Oxford, MISS. – The “Mississippi Sports Law Review” will host its annual Mississippi Sports Law Review Symposium Oct. 17 from 1-3 p.m. in the law school’s Weems Auditorium.  This year’s selected topic is “Current Telecommunications Issues and Their Impact on Sports Broadcasting.”

Each year, the “Sports Law Review” brings in speakers to discuss a hot topic in the sports law arena.

“We are excited again to be welcoming a fantastic panel of experts for our fifth annual sports law symposium,” said Dr. William Berry, Review advisor and assistant professor of law. “It should be a wonderful discussion that those interested in the intersection between sports and media will not want to miss.”

Speakers at the event include Babbette Boliek, professor at Pepperdine University School of Law; Robert Frieden, professor at Penn State Law; Kristi Dosh, author of “Saturday Millionaires: How Winning Football Builds Winning Colleges,” and ESPN, Fox Sports and Forbes contributor; and Terence High, attorney and NFL agent.

According to their website, the “Mississippi Sports Law Review” is a bi-annual scholarly publication related to the intersection between the law and sports. This student-edited review contains articles from legal scholars, professionals and students addressing a wide-range of issues impacting the sports law field. In addition to the publication, the Review also sponsors the annual symposium.

“The MSLR is the only sports related legal publication in the Southeastern Conference,” said Connor Bush, MSLR editor-in-chief. “The event attracts prominent members of the sports industry to the University of Mississippi School of Law, in part, because of the various resources attributed to an SEC university and to the law school’s continued support of the sports law specialization.”

The symposium is open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

In addition, the “Sports Law Review” and Sports Law Society will host a luncheon on October 3 at the law school with Charlie Hussey, associate commissioner of SEC network relations, at 12:30 p.m. in Weems Auditorium.  It is also open to the public.

For more information about the event or the “Mississippi Sports Law Review” please contact Connor Bush, cjbush1@go.olemiss.edu or visit mssportslaw.olemiss.edu.

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The MacArthur Center at the University of Mississippi School of Law joins other civil rights groups in filing suit to free Mississipians held in jail for long periods without charges. Clinic students will assist the MacArthur Center director, Cliff Johnson, to secure the rights of inmates who are detained indefinitely without appointment of an attorney and without being charged with a crime.

Read the New York Times story.

The law school’s Mississippi Innocence Project (MIP) was covered recently by the New York Times for their work on behalf of Mississippi Death Row inmate Eddie Lee Howard.  Howard has been on death row for nearly two decades for the rape and murder of an 84 year old woman.  

Read the story.

MIP is an organization whose mission is to provide the highest quality legal representation Mississippi state prisoners serving significant periods of incarceration who have clear claims of wrongful conviction.

Professor Mercer Bullard was quoted in the Wall Street Journal on Friday in an article about investing by Americans living abroad. Bullard commented on possible reasons for financial services firms’ closing these investors’ accounts.

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Professor David Case’s latest article “The Lost Generation: Environmental Regulatory Reform in the Era of Congressional Abdication” will be published this fall in the Duke Environmental Law and Policy Forum.  The article is Professor Case’s most recent in a series of publications on federal environmental regulatory reform and alternative regulatory approaches to addressing environmental protection concerns.  Previous articles by Professor Case on these subjects have appeared in the Emory Law Journal, the Environmental Law Reporter, theUniversity of Colorado Law Review, the Washington & Lee Law Review, and the William & Mary Environmental Law and Policy Review.

Karen Peairs, assistant director of career services, graduated recently from the Leadership Lafayette, a community leadership development program for Lafayette county.  The program selects 25 individuals each year to participate.  

Karen Peairs

The eight month program requires participants to attend a series of educational sessions about the needs and current issues facing Oxford and Lafayette county.  The group also has to develop a community-based project.  Peairs’s group created an educational campaign, “Greatness Happens Here” to help people learn about great or famous individuals who are from Lafayette county.

Peairs’s team also raised money to create new signage that will welcome visitors at each county entrance on highway 6/278 at the Panola and Pontotoc County lines. The signs will be inscribed with “Lafayette County: Greatness Happens Here.”

Congratulations Karen!

 

Professor Hoffheimer, professor of law and Leonard B. Melvin lecturer, will be published in the Ohio State Law Journal.  His article, “Good-Bye  to Significant Contacts,” is coauthored with Judy Cornett at Tennessee, and reviews the history of constitutional limits on personal jurisdiction and critically examines the 2014 Supreme Court decision Daimler AG v. Baumann.

The Clinical Programs department at the University of Mississippi School of Law swore in over 30 third year students to the Mississippi and Federal Bar.  Dean Richard Gershon, Associate Dean for Clinical Programs Debbie Bell and Child Advocacy Clinic Director David Calder spoke at the ceremony.  Judge Jaqueline Mask conducted the state swearing in, and Judge Sharion Aycock conducted the federal swearing in.

Oxford, Miss.–The University of Mississippi School of Law’s VITA Tax Clinic has been awarded the 2014 Pro Bono Award from the Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Project (MVLP).  The Clinic was recognized because of the valuable service they provided to residents of Lafayette and surrounding counties this year.

Twelve students and one professor helped clients with 254 returns totaling $212,145.  The VITA program is an overall initiative of the IRS, with the law school’s clinic managing this particular site.  Adrea Watford, student director of the clinic, served as the liaison between the school and its Internal Revue Service agent.

The award will be presented at the 2014 Pro Bono Awards Dinner on Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014 at Gallery 119 on 119 South President Street in Jackson.  The event will start with cocktails at 6 p.m.  Those interested in going should visit MVLP’s website for more details.

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Director of National Center for Justice and the Rule of Law served 10 years

Oxford, Miss.-After a decade of dedicated service and outstanding leadership, Thomas Clancy has retired from the University of Mississippi School of Law.

The research professor and director of UM’s National Center for Justice and the Rule of Law partnered with the National Judicial College. During that 10-year period, the collaborators co-sponsored 19 conferences for state trial judges, 14 appellate judge conferences, 10 conferences on Internet crimes against children and dozens of webinars.

“The contacts made during those events led me and other NCJRL personnel to speaking engagements in many individual states, national conferences held by other organizations, an all services military conference and numerous conferences organized by the NCJRL in individual states,” Clancy said. “In all, I estimate that almost a third of all the state judges in the country (perhaps 5000+) have in some way participated in the various events.

Clancy thanked William Dressel for agreeing to the partnership and providing years of support along the way.

“The staff of the National Judicial College, and in particular William Brunson and Kelly Zahara, have been integral to our success,” he said. “We have had long-time instructors, such as the Honorable Joseph Troy, Honorable Ilona Holmes, Honorable Mark McGinnis and Professor Jack Nowlin, who year after year provided outstanding presentations, materials and friendship that were irreplaceable.”

The NCJRL staff, including Don Mason, Priscilla Grantham, Marc Harrold, Michael Johnson, Sherry Watkins, Celeste Sherwood and Poindexter Barnes, made material and invaluable contributions over the years, Clancy said.

“Personally, it has been a deeply rewarding opportunity to work with members of the judiciary around the country and with the wonderful people who have contributed to our endeavors,” Clancy said. “As I move on to a new phase of my career, I look forward to continue speaking at judicial conferences. I am gratified that the National Judicial College plans to continue as the sole sponsor of The Fourth Amendment for Trial Judges, scheduled for May, 2015, and look forward to participating.”

By Edwin Smith

 

 

OXFORD, Miss.–At the annual Mississippi Bar Convention in Sandestin, Fla., distinguished alumnus, Robert C. Khayat, received the 2014 Law Alumnus of the Year Award.

2014 Law Alumnus of the Year Robert Khayat

Since 1974 the Law Alumni Chapter has selected one person annually to receive this distinction. The recipient must have made positive contributions to the legal profession, the law school and the University of Mississippi.

“Former Chancellor Khayat is an outstanding law professor, a respected associate dean and is a dedicated alumnus of the law school,” said Richard Gershon, law school dean.  “He is also a great Mississippian, who has done much to help the people of our state. I am honored to work in a building named for him.”

Khayat is one of the law school’s most illustrious graduates.  This is noted visibly by the name of the law school building, the Robert C. Khayat Law Center, which was dedicated in April 2011.

Khayat joined the law faculty in 1969, after a successful venture as a lawyer in Pascagoula.  While on faculty the former chancellor taught local government law, family law, agency and partnership, federal trial practice, torts, civil procedure and wills and estates. He helped shape generations of legal minds, including noteworthy graduates such as John Grisham.

Former Governor William Winter reflected on Khayat’s influence in his address at the law school’s building dedication ceremony:

“Robert Khayat, with a vision of a more open and less insular society, played a major role in the enlightenment of an entire generation of young law students,” he said.  “He helped develop in them an enhanced appreciation for the majesty of the law and their duty as lawyers to defend our legal and political system against the mindless critics who would profane and diminish it.”

Khayat received a Sterling Fellowship and obtained a master of laws from Yale University and returned to Oxford in 1981.  He served as professor and associate dean for the law school.

As an Ole Miss law student, Former Chancellor Khayat was articles editor of the Mississippi Law Journal and finished third in his class in 1966.  He also started the Law Alumni Chapter, a group which continues to contribute to the school and alumni base in numerous ways.

Coincidentally, his receiving the award at the Bar Convention in Destin marked exactly 50 years from the formation of the Law Alumni Chapter.

“We typed them on 3” x 5” index cards,” Khayat said of his gathering information on law graduates for the chapter. “I still remember the first, middle and last names of just about everyone who graduated from the Ole Miss law school.”

Khayat’s leadership extended beyond the walls of the law school.  He was an academic All-American football player and was chosen as an All-SEC catcher for the 1959 and 1960 SEC champion baseball teams.  He has received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the NFL and the Distinguished American Award from the National Football Foundation.

Serving as chancellor of the university from 1995 until 2009, Khayat improved the university in many tangible ways.  He increased enrollment by 43% and brought in research and development grants at over $100 million. He also brought the prestigious honor society Phi Beta Kappa chapter to Ole Miss as well as the 2008 presidential debate.

Most recently, Khayat won a Silver IPPY for best memoir in the nation awarded for his 2013 memoir, The Education of a Lifetime.

With this record, it’s easy to see why Khayat was selected.

“I can think of no alumnus more deserving of the award,” said Mike Randolph, presiding justice of the Mississippi Supreme Court, at the ceremony in Destin. “For those of us who were privileged to study under his tutelage, it’s difficult to think of Ole Miss, without reflecting on Dr. Khayat’s positive impact on the university, its law school and the alumni of both.”

Other notable alumni who have received this recognition in the past include Gov. William Winter, Chief Justice Lenore Prather, Professor Bill Champion and Justice Reuben Anderson, to name a few.

 

This summer, the Mississippi Supreme Court invited the Criminal Appeals Clinic to file an amicus curiae brief in the case of Hye v. State.   With research assistance provided by the Grisham Law Library, the Clinic, directed by Professor Phil Broadhead, analyzed the question of whether Mississippi should abandon the rule of criminal procedure that allows “lesser non-included offense” jury instructions at trial.  Link to brief: http://courts.ms.gov/appellate_courts/generaldocket.html (type in “Hye” in the search box, then click on “Terry Hye, Jr. v. State of Mississippi”)  

 

Oxford, Miss.–The University of Mississippi School of Law has been named again by preLaw magazine as a top 20 best value in the country.  Selected schools had to have a low debt load, strong employment and bar passage rate, and low tuition and cost of living expenses.

The law school’s ranking is even more noteworthy based on the number of prestigious law schools across the nation who also appear on the list.

Mississippi attorney Cliff Johnson hired as director

OXFORD, Miss. – The Roderick and Solange MacArthur Justice Center, a public interest law firm that advocates for human rights and social justice through litigation, has opened an office at the University of Mississippi School of Law, where the new MacArthur Justice Clinic will provide law students with opportunities for hands-on experience under the direction of experienced litigators.

Cliff Johnson

Veteran Mississippi attorney Cliff Johnson has been named first director of the MacArthur Justice Center, and he has joined the faculty of the law school. He is an assistant professor of law and supervises law students participating in the MacArthur Justice Clinic.

Most recently, Johnson was a partner for 13 years at the Jackson law firm of Pigott & Johnson, where he handled a wide variety of complex civil and criminal matters. He was an assistant U.S. attorney in the Southern District of Mississippi from 1996 to 2001.

“I am pleased to see our School of Law engage in the issues of social justice,” Chancellor Dan Jones said. “It is yet another way the university is reaching beyond our campus to transform the world around us.”

“The MacArthur Justice Clinic at Ole Miss law will have a positive impact on the lives of the people of Mississippi, while providing a wonderful learning experience for our students,” said Richard Gershon, law school dean. “It is an honor for us to partner with the J. Roderick MacArthur Foundation in this important endeavor.”

The MacArthur Justice Center at the law school will work in collaboration with the MacArthur Justice Center at Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago and the new MacArthur Justice Center in New Orleans.

Since its founding in Chicago in 1985 by the family of J. Roderick MacArthur, the MacArthur Justice Center has played a prominent role in bringing Chicago police misconduct and torture to the public’s attention and has helped several wrongfully convicted men and women win multimillion dollar verdicts and settlements as compensation for the time they were imprisoned wrongfully. Among its many cases, the center has won major reforms to protect juvenile parolees previously subjected to arbitrary detention and imprisonment, has challenged the detention of terrorism suspects without trial or access to the courts, and helped lead the fight that ended capital punishment in Illinois.

The MacArthur Justice Center opened its New Orleans office last year. It is the lead counsel in Jones v. Gusman, the federal lawsuit alleging pervasive violations of prisoners’ constitutional rights in the Orleans Parish Prison. The center’s New Orleans staff is working to ensure the OPP abides by a consent decree to ensure prisoner safety and adequate staffing at the jail. In addition, the New Orleans office also has worked on capital punishment cases, including advocating for public disclosure of information about drugs Mississippi plans to use to carry out executions by lethal injection.

“There is a historic connection between Mississippi and Chicago, which traces back to the great migration. We are committed to fighting injustice in both locations,” said John R. MacArthur, lead board member of the MacArthur Justice Center. “We look forward to building on the success of our Chicago office at Northwestern law school as we establish a similar partnership with the University of Mississippi.”

“Cliff Johnson is the perfect choice to lead the MacArthur Justice Center at Ole Miss,” said Deborah H. Bell, associate dean for clinical programs and professor of law. “He has a long history of outstanding practice in Mississippi and has the state’s best interests at heart. We hope he will inspire generations of Ole Miss law students to make the state a better place.”

“I am thrilled to join the MacArthur Justice Center and this prestigious law school, and I look forward to beginning a collaborative relationship with the very talented lawyers at the center’s offices in Chicago and New Orleans,” Johnson said. “This will be a formidable alliance of experienced, savvy and successful litigators working with smart and committed law students who have been trained by the best and are enthusiastic about putting what they’ve learned into practice.

“During the past two decades, I have enjoyed a challenging and rewarding litigation practice. I have represented dozens of people in federal courts around the country who have blown the whistle on fraudulent schemes undertaken to wrongfully obtain taxpayer dollars, represented inmates facing death sentences and enduring deplorable prison conditions, and helped wage court battles against discrimination. I also gained valuable experience and insights handling criminal jury trials on behalf of the Department of Justice and, later, representing criminal defendants in federal courts.

Johnson received a bachelor’s degree in political science from Mississippi College in 1989 and a law degree from Columbia Law School in 1992. During 2005-2006, he was a Fulbright Scholar working as a professor at the Raoul Wallenberg Institute for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law and the Lund University School of Law in Lund, Sweden. Since 2006, Johnson has lectured in Sweden on numerous occasions, including speeches at the Nobel Museum and Wallenberg Institute graduation ceremonies.

 

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