Tennessee Supreme Court Justice To Become Law School Dean
Retiring Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Gary Wade will become the new dean of Lincoln-Memorial University John J. Duncan School of Law in the fall, it was announced on Tuesday.
“I have known Gary Wade for a lot of years, so I know that he has a passion for ensuring access to justice in rural and underserved areas,” LMU Chairman Autry O.V. “Pete” DeBusk told Legal News Line. “It has been a cause he has championed throughout his career.”
Wade is set to be introduced to his new student body on the first day of classes on August 11, but will not be able to officially join the school until after his official retirement date from the Supreme Court on Sept. 8.
“In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln confided to a Union Civil War General that he would like to acknowledge in a meaningful way East Tennessee’s loyalty to the United States. By 1897, General Oliver Howard made good on the promise, founding Lincoln Memorial University in Claiborne County with the basic mission of offering higher education to the people of the Southern Appalachians,” Wade said in a statement. “That objective is as important today as it was 118 years ago.”
Wade continued in his statement, “I have been honored to serve Tennesseans in local and state government for the last 40 years and now look forward to investing the remainder of my professional career in the future of LMU’s Duncan School of Law in Knoxville.”
Source: Legal News Line
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