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Jack Ford

Public invited to learn more about award-winning legal news analyst, author’s storied career in legal and journalism fields

By: Sharon Morris

(OXFORD, Miss.) – Law and investigative journalism meet crime drama as CBS News legal analyst and award-winning journalist Jack Ford visits the University of Mississippi School of Law to present his latest novel, “The Walls of Jericho,” and discuss recent national cases that include themes of race and civil rights. Ford will explore his journey from attorney to news, where he covered major trials and legal issues of recent years, including the Trayvon Martin and Bradley Manning cases.

The presentation is co-sponsored by the UM School of Law and the Meek School of Journalism. It will take place in Room 1078 in the law school on Thursday, Oct. 10 at 3 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Ford’s career in TV news spans nearly three decades. He has won two Emmys and a coveted Peabody award, among others. Ford holds a law degree from Fordham University School of Law, where he later served as adjunct professor. Ford spent three years as a prosecutor in New Jersey before building his own prominent law practice.

“The Walls of Jericho,” Ford’s second novel, is a thriller that recounts the story of a brutal, unsolved civil rights murder from 1960. The unlikely duo of an Ole Miss law professor and a NY Times reporter stumble upon a source who reveals the long-buried secrets of the case, which leads to a dramatic trial of a powerful political figure.

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Third annual sports law symposium attracts professionals, experts from across the country

OXFORD, Miss. – The Mississippi Sports Law Review will host the latest installment of the John Paul Jones Speaker Series next week at the University of Mississippi School of Law. This third annual symposium will explore the future of the student-athlete model of amateurism in intercollegiate athletics.

The symposium, titled “Amateurism and the Future of the NCAA,” addresses the issues surrounding the high-profile class action filed by former UCLA basketball star Ed O’Bannon, in which current and former student-athletes are suing the NCAA for using their likenesses without compensating them. The outcome of this case could potentially change the landscape of college athletics and threaten the future of the NCAA.

The symposium begins at 1 p.m. on Friday, October 11 in the Robert Weems Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public, and participating attorneys can get two hours of Mississippi CLE credit for the session.

The symposium features a panel discussion with five prominent members of the sports law community.  The panelists are Richard Karcher, professor and director of the Center for Law and Sports at Florida Coastal School of Law; William King, partner at Lightfoot, Franklin & White LLC in Birmingham, Ala.; Jason Levien, chief executive officer of the Memphis Grizzlies; Matthew Mitten, professor and director of the National Sports Law Institute and L.L.M. program in sports law at Marquette University Law School; and Maureen Weston, professor and director of the Entertainment Media and Sports Dispute Resolution Project at Pepperdine Law School.

“Our students have put together a fantastic panel of experts to address the legal and practical questions surrounding the propriety of compensating intercollegiate athletes,” said William W. Berry III, D.Phil., law faculty advisor to the Sports Law Review. “These controversial questions lie at the heart of the future of intercollegiate athletics. It should be a fascinating discussion.”