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ABA Approved Since 1930

Recognizing the need for formal law instruction in the state of Mississippi, the legislature in 1854 established the Department of Law at The University of Mississippi. Over the years, the law department has evolved into today’s modern Law Center. Located in Oxford, Mississippi, on the main campus of The University of Mississippi, the Law Center is housed in Lamar Hall, named in honor of the late Mississippian, L.Q.C. Lamar, former Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court and one of the first law professors at the university. Oxford, a small town of approximately 12,000 people, lies nestled in the quiet hills of North Mississippi, just 75 miles southeast of bustling Memphis, Tennessee, and 170 miles north of the state capital of Jackson.


The University of Mississippi is the fourth oldest state-supported law school in the nation. The School of Law is fully approved by the American Bar Association and is a long-standing member of the Association of American Law Schools. The law school library collection consists of over 336,487 volumes and equivalents. The Library’s website ( provides access to the online catalog and other legal resources.


The law school student body numbers approximately 517, with a recent entering class of 175 for the fall 2007 term. The faculty numbers thirty-six, eleven of whom are women. Admission to law school is gained by committee approval, based on an applicant’s credentials. Although the LSAT and GPA are the most important factors in the admissions process, other considerations are: diversity, grade progression, quality of undergraduate institution, difficulty of major field of study, socio-economic circumstances, letters of recommendation and residency.


Since the first seven students entered The University of Mississippi’s fledgling Department of Law in 1854, thousands of eager students have streamed into the law school, some already solid in their ambitions, others still searching. For these new students, the school has served both as a source of inspiration and as a pragmatic preparation for the task at hand.


Dean: Samuel M. Davis (662) 915-6901

Director of Admissions: Barbara Vinson (662) 915-6910

Financial Aid Director: Laura Diven-Brown (662) 915-5788

Director of the Law Library: Kris Gilliland (662) 915-6817

Director of Career Services: Kristen Flierl (662) 915-6830

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs: Ronald J Rychlak (662) 915-6841

Associate Dean for Administration: Sandra Cox-McCarty (662) 915-6903

Assistant Dean for Student Affairs: Cary L. Cluck (662) 915-6815

Law Registrar: Constance E. Parham (662) 915-6905

Assistant to the Dean for Development: Walter J. White (662) 915-6881




SAMUEL MARION DAVIS, (Law Professor), born Pascagoula, Mississippi, November 24, 1944; admitted to bar, 1969, Mississippi. Education: University of Southern Mississippi (B.A., 1966); University of Mississippi (J.D., 1969); University of Virginia (LL.M., 1970). COURSES:Criminal Law, Children in the Legal System, Family Law, Juvenile Courts Seminar. Email:smdavis @


GUTHRIE TURNER ABBOTT, (Law Professor), born Washington, D.C., December 13, 1942; admitted to bar, 1967, Mississippi. Education: University of Mississippi (B.A., 1964; J.D., 1967). COURSES:Real Property, Federal Procedure, Mississippi Practice and Procedure. Email:gtabbott @


MICHELE ALEXANDRE, (Law Professor), born Port-au-Prince, Haiti, September 25, 1975; admitted to bar, 2002, New York; 2003, Alabama. Education: Colgate University (B.A., 1996); Harvard Law School (J.D., 2000). COURSES: Advanced Con Law, Human Rights, Critical Race Theory, Feminist Legal Jurisprudence, Civil Rights. Email:malexand @


RICHARD LEE BARNES, (Law Professor), born Willcox, Arizona, December 14, 1954; admitted to bar, 1979, Arizona. Education: University of Arizona (B.A., 1976; J.D., 1979); Northwestern University (LL.M., 1983). COURSES:Contracts, Commercial Law, Indian Law, Agricultural Law. Email:rbarnes @


DEBORAH HODGES BELL, (Law Professor), born Mississippi, November 8, 1953; admitted to bar, 1979, Mississippi; 1981, Georgia. Education: Mississippi College (B.A., 1975); University of Mississippi (J.D., 1979). COURSES:Property, Family Law, Housing Law. Email:dbell @


WILLIAM W. BERRY III, (Law Professor), born Nashville, Tennessee, April 26, 1974; admitted to bar, 2000, Tennessee; 2002, District of Columbia. Education: University of Virginia (B.A., 1997); Vanderbilt University Law School (J.D., 2000); University of Oxford (Ph.D. candidate). COURSES:Torts, Capital Punishment, Labor Law, Sports Law.


PHILLIP WAYNE BROADHEAD, (Law Professor), born Quitman, Mississippi, July 1, 1954; Education: Mississippi State University (B.A., 1977); Mississippi College School of Law (J.D., 1981). COURSES:Criminal Appeals. Email:pwb @


CHARLES HENDRICKSON BROWER II, (Law Professor), born New York, New York, March 13, 1967; admitted to bar, 1996, Minnesota; 1998, District of Columbia. Education: University of Vermont (B.A., 1989); University of Virginia (J.D., 1995). COURSES:International Litigation and Arbitration, International Trade, International Law. Email:cbrower @


MERCER EATON BULLARD, (Law Professor), born Boston, Massachusetts, January 27, 1961; admitted to bar, 1991, Texas; 1993, District of Columbia. Education: Yale (B.A., 1983); Georgetown (M.A., 1987); University of Virginia School of Law (J.D., 1990). COURSES:Securities, Banking. Email:mbullard @


LARRY STEVEN BUSH, (Law Professor), born Ozark, Alabama, May 3, 1946; admitted to bar, 1974, Florida. Education: University of Florida (B.A., 1968; J.D., 1974); University of Cambridge (LL.M., 1979). COURSES:Labor Law, Employment.


W. TUCKER CARRINGTON, (Law Professor), born Richmond, Virginia, November 14, 1965; admitted to bar, 1997, District of Columbia; 2008, Mississippi. Education: University of Virginia (B.A., 1989); Hollins College (M.A., 1990); University of Tennessee (J.D., 1997). COURSES:Criminal Defense. Email:carringw @


DAVID W. CASE, (Law Professor), born Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, August 31, 1962; admitted to bar, 1988, Mississippi. Education: University of Mississippi (B.A., 1985; J.D., 1988); Columbia University (LL.M., 1993); Vanderbilt University (Ph.D., 2004). COURSES: Environmental Law, Property, Civil Procedure. Email:dwcase @


WILLIAM MONTGOMERY CHAMPION, (Law Professor), born Edwards, Mississippi, January 31, 1932; admitted to bar, 1961, Mississippi. Education: Hinds Jr. College (A.A., 1951); Mississippi State College (B.S., 1953); University of Mississippi (LL.B., 1961); George Washington University (LL.M., 1962). COURSES: Property, Trusts, Future Interests, Legal Profession.


THOMAS K. CLANCY, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, 1983, Maryland and District of Columbia. Education: University of Notre Dame (B.A., 1974); Vermont Law School (J.D., cum laude, 1980). COURSES:Criminal Justice, Criminal Law, Constitutional Law. Email:tclancy @


GEORGE C. COCHRAN, (Law Professor), born Maysville, Kentucky, December 1, 1936; admitted to bar, 1965, District of Columbia. Education: North Carolina State University (B.S., 1958); University of North Carolina (J.D., 1964). COURSES:Constitutional Law, Federal Jurisdiction, Supreme Court Practice. Email: 1wgcc @


AARON STORER CONDON, (Law Professor), born Kosciusko, Mississippi, April 23, 1927; admitted to bar, 1952, Mississippi. Education: University of Alabama (A.B., 1950); University of Mississippi (J.D., 1968). COURSES: Legal Profession, General Practice, Criminal Law, Civil Procedure.


BENJAMIN P. COOPER, (Law Professor), born Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, December 5, 1971; admitted to bar, 1998, Pennsylvania; 2002, New York. Education: Amherst College (B.A., 1994); University of Chicago (J.D., 1997). COURSES:Professional Responsibility, Civil Procedure, Higher Education Law, Property.


JOHN MICHAEL CZARNETZKY, (Law Professor), born Beacon, New York, September 15, 1960; admitted to bar, 1989, Illinois; 1991, Virginia; 1992, District of Columbia. Education: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (B.S., 1982); University of Virginia (J.D., 1989). COURSES:Bankruptcy, Commercial Law, Civil Procedure, International Trade. Email:johnmc @


DONNA D. DAVIS, (Law Professor), born Hornell, New York, August 25, 1961; admitted to bar, 1986, Massachusetts. Education: Harvard University (B.A., 1983); Boston College Law School (J.D., 1986); University of Florida College of Law (LL.M., 1988). COURSES:Accounting and Taxation. Email:dadler @


JASON DERRICK, (Law Professor), born McComb, Mississippi, October 26, 1973; Education: Mississippi College (B.A., 1996); University of Mississippi (J.D., 2000). COURSES:Legal Writing. Email:wjderric @


KYLE DUNCAN, (Law Professor), born Baton Rouge, Louisiana, April 6, 1972; admitted to bar, 1997, Louisiana; 1998, Texas. Education: Louisiana State University (B.A., 1994; J.D., 1997). COURSES: Constitutional Law, Sales. Email:kyled @


MICHAEL FEATHERSTONE, (Law Professor), born Mt. Holly, North Carolina, January 14, 1941; admitted to bar, 1970, South Carolina. Education: Davidson College (A.B., 1963); University of South Carolina (J.D., 1970); University of Georgia (LL.M., 1971). COURSES:Family Law, Eminent Domain, Property.


MOLLY ELEANOR FERGUSSON, (Law Professor), born Columbia, South Carolina, August 20, 1973; admitted to bar, 2001, Mississippi. Education: Randolph-Macon Woman’s College (B.A., 1995); University of Mississippi (J.D., 2001). COURSES:Legal Writing and Research. Email:mefergu1 @


JOANNE IRENE GABRYNOWICZ, (Law Professor), born Brooklyn, New York, July 27, 1949; admitted to bar, 1980, New York. Education: Hunter College (B.A., 1977); Yeshiva University Cardozo School of Law (J.D., 1980). COURSES: Space Law, Remote Sensing Law. Email:jgabryno @


KRIS GILLILAND, (Law Professor), born Fayetteville, Arkansas, December 30, 1963; admitted to bar, 1991, Alabama. Education: Vanderbilt University (B.A., 1986); University of Alabama (J.D., 1991); University of Washington (M.L.S., 1992). COURSES:Legal Research. Email:gillilan @


CHRISTOPHER RAYMOND GREEN, (Law Professor), born Niagara Falls, New York, October 10, 1972; admitted to bar, 1999, Connecticut; 1999, Mississippi. Education: Princeton University (A.B., 1994); University of Notre Dame (Ph.D., 2006); Yale Law School (J.D., 1998). COURSES:Criminal Law, Commercial Law, Constitutional Law. Email:crgreen @


KAREN O. GREEN, (Law Professor), born Grenada, Mississippi, May 31, 1949; admitted to bar, 1974, Mississippi. Education: University of Mississippi (B.S., 1971; J.D., 1974); New York University (LL.M., 1976). COURSES:Estate and Gift Taxation, Federal Income Taxation. Email:kgreen @


MATTHEW R. HALL, (Law Professor), born July 7, 1964; admitted to bar, 1997, Kentucky. Education: Harvard University (A.B., 1987); University of Kentucky College of Law (J.D., 1997). COURSES: Property, Administrative Law, Immigration Law. Email:mrhall @


MICHAEL H. HOFFHEIMER, (Law Professor), born Cincinnati, Ohio, December 21, 1954; admitted to bar, 1984, Ohio; 1985, District of Columbia (inactive). Education: The Johns Hopkins University (B.A., with honors in Philosophy, 1977); University of Chicago (Ph.D., 1981); University of Michigan (J.D., cum laude, 1984). COURSES: Civil Procedure, Criminal Law, Conflicts, Legal History. Email:mhoffhei @


ROBERT C. KHAYAT, (Law Professor), born Moss Point, MS, April 18, 1938; admitted to bar, 1966, Mississippi. Education: University of Mississippi (B.A.E., 1961; J.D., 1966); Yale University (LL.M., 1981). COURSES:Torts.


PATRICIA KRUEGER, (Law Professor), born Durham, North Carolina, December 31, 1962; admitted to bar, 1991, Oregon; 1993, Mississippi. Education: Western Washington University (B.A., 1986); Willamette University College of Law (J.D., 1991). COURSES:Legal Writing, Legal Research. Email:pkrueger @


DONALD R. MASON, (Law Professor), born Chariton, Iowa, February 22, 1950; admitted to bar, 1976, Iowa, 1998, West Virginia. Education: University of Iowa (B.A., 1972); University of Iowa College of Law (J.D., 1976). COURSES:Cyber Crime, Sentencing, Special Criminal Justice Topics. Email:drmason @


GARY MYERS, (Law Professor), born Bellflower, California, September 10, 1962; admitted to bar, 1987, Georgia. Education: New York University (B.A., 1984); Duke University (J.D., 1986). COURSES:Antitrust, Intellectual Property, Media Law, Torts. Email:gmyers @


JACK WADE NOWLIN, (Law Professor), born San Angelo, Texas, December 24, 1966; admitted to bar, 1994, Texas. Education: Angelo State University (B.A., 1991); University of Texas School of Law (J.D., 1994); Princeton University (Ph.D., 1999). COURSES: Constitutional Law, Jurisprudence, Criminal Procedure, Criminal Law. Email:jnowlin @


E. FARISH PERCY, (Law Professor), born Greenville, Mississippi, August 26, 1966; admitted to bar, Mississippi; District of Columbia. Education: University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (B.A., 1988); University of Virginia (J.D., 1991). COURSES:Torts, Civil Procedure, Insurance. Email:percy @


LARRY J. PITTMAN, (Law Professor), born Charleston, Mississippi, October 25, 1960; admitted to bar, 1986, Michigan. Education: University of Mississippi (B.B.A., 1983; J.D., 1986); Harvard Law School (LL.M., 1992). COURSES:Law and Medicine, Health Law, Torts, Civil Procedure, Pretrial Practice, Alternative Dispute Resolution. Email:lpittman @


LISA SHAW ROY, (Law Professor), born Long Beach, California, November 10, 1970; admitted to bar, 1996, California. Education: University of California, Riverside (B.A., 1992); University of Southern California (J.D., 1996). COURSES:Contracts, Legal Profession, Law and Religion. Email:lisaroy @


RONALD JOSEPH RYCHLAK, (Law Professor), born Columbus, Ohio, September 23, 1957; admitted to bar, 1983, Illinois. Education: Wabash College (B.A., 1980); Vanderbilt University School of Law (J.D., 1983). COURSES:Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Environmental Law, Trial Practice, Gaming Law. Email:rrychlak @


HANS P. SINHA, (Law Professor), born New York, New York, October 16, 1960; admitted to bar, 1988, Louisiana. Education: University of Pennsylvania (B.A., 1983); Tulane School of Law (J.D., 1988; LL.M., 2001). COURSES: Prosecutorial Function. Email:hsinha @


CAROLYN ELLIS STATON, (Law Professor), born Vicksburg, Mississippi, January 25, 1946; admitted to bar, 1972, New Jersey; 1974, New York; 1978, Mississippi. Education: Tulane (B.A., 1967); Teachers College, Columbia University (M.A., 1969); Yale (J.D., 1972). COURSES: Evidence, Criminal Procedure, Sex Discrimination. Email:ces @


ROBERT A. WEEMS, (Law Professor), born Morton, Mississippi, January 8, 1937; admitted to bar, 1966, Mississippi. Education: Millsaps (B.S., 1959); University of Mississippi (J.D., 1966). COURSES:Torts, Evidence, Wills. Email:rweems @


CHARLES JACKSON WILLIAMS, (Law Professor), born Morgan City, Louisiana, June 19, 1960; admitted to bar, 1988, Mississippi. Education: University of Texas (B.B.A., 1982); University of Mississippi (J.D., 1988). COURSES:Legal Research and Writing. Email:cjxn @