College of Law News

Student Bar Association Supports Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee

Belmont’s College of Law held the Barristers’ Ball on Saturday, April 9. Students, alumni, faculty and members from the legal community gathered together to support the Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands.

Moot Court Teams Wows at Nationals

Belmont College of Law’s National Moot Court Competition Team participated in the National Moot Court competition, an annual inter-law school event co-sponsored by New York City Bar Association’s National Moot Court Competition Committee and the American College of Trial Lawyers in New York City. The team, comprised of Heath Henley (3L), Jordan Kennamer (3L) and Tyler Sanders (2L), advanced to the octo-final round and were seeded at No. 13.

Mulraine Presents at National Symposium

Loren Mulraine, associate professor in the College of Law, recently presented a panel entitled, “Assessing and Protecting Intellectual Property Rights Globally” at The New Global Paradigm Entertainment, Arts and Sports Symposium.

Held September 18 and 19 in Washington D.C., the event addressed cutting-edge facets of the entertainment and sports fields by engaging with the country’s leading experts in a way that leads to new and innovative ways to improve these fields and addresses the challenges that confront those in the fields.

Belmont University College of Law American Inn of Court

The Belmont University College of Law American Inn of Court held its Welcome Reception for the 2015 -16 year on Tuesday, August 25th.  The reception included the welcoming of both the 53 Nashville area legal profession members as well as the Belmont College of Law first-year law students.  Inn President, Judge Neal McBrayer, also honored last year’s recipients of the Outstanding Mentor Award, Judge Andy Bennett and Will Helou.  Judge Bennett and Mr. Helou were both nominated by their Belmont mentee and each were awarded a plaque for their dedication and guidance. 

Each year, Belmont College of Law partners every first-year law student with a legal professional in the Nashville community as part of the Belmont chapter of the Inns of Court.  The Belmont Inn is currently entering its fourth year.  More information about the American Inns of Court can be found at http://home.innsofcourt.org.

Belmont University College of Law Releases Preliminary Employment Statistics for the Charter Class

Charter class career placement, 85.7 percent, exceeds current national average

Belmont University College of Law’s charter class continues to blaze an impressive trail for the program, with an overall employment rate of 85.7 percent for the Class of 2014. This rate bests the most recent national average, as compiled by the National Association of Legal Professionals (NALP), which shows an overall employment of 84.5 percent for the most recently available national rate.

Long-time Nashville District Attorney General Torry Johnson to Join Belmont College of Law

After serving as Metro Nashville and Davidson County District Attorney General for 27 years, Torry Johnson will retire Aug. 31 and prepare for joining Belmont University’s College of Law as an esteemed Visiting Professor in January 2015. Appointed to Davidson County District Attorney General in 1987 and then elected for three consecutive eight-year terms, Johnson has served the communities of Middle Tennessee for the majority of his career, garnering numerous legal, leadership and community service awards along the way.

Belmont President Bob Fisher said, “Bringing Torry Johnson on board as a faculty member is truly a significant coup for our College of Law. His devotion to his work and to public service is exceptional, and the expertise he can transmit to our students will raise the bar again on the educational opportunities Belmont Law provides.”

Johnson added, “Those of us who have lived in Nashville a long time have seen what Belmont University is doing, and this institution as a whole is an exciting place to be. Joining Belmont Law allows me to be on the ground floor of a young law school, and with Judge Gonzales and his leadership, it’s an attractive place for anyone in the legal field. I’ll also add that as District Attorney, one of my great joys has been working with young lawyers and watching them grow and become professionals in the field. I look forward to marrying conversations about real world experience with the theoretical knowledge students will encounter in the classroom.

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