New faces are becoming a familiar part of the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law.
The school, which is closing in on its 50th anniversary celebration later this month, is in the midst of a health law initiative. It’s looking for a professor who will start up a health law program there.
That’s according to Holly Hazlett, herself a new face at the law school. She’s the new director of development, a position she’s held for a little more than a month now.
In that position, she’ll help raise funds as well as work with alumni and promote a general awareness of the law school.
She’s no stranger to the school. Her previous job found her as director of development for the university’s College of Arts and Sciences. Before that, she worked at the Chi Omega Fraternity’s executive headquarters in Memphis for a few years.
“We have this great facility, and we had a great campaign for the move Downtown, so my role will be stewarding those donors that contributed to the law school but also finding sources of funding for programs,” she said. “And we have some really great initiatives that we are starting here.”
Hazlett grew up in Ohio and went to school at the University of Dayton.
“I’ve been in Memphis for eight years,” she said. “I love Memphis, and I think the law school’s a great contribution to the city.”
That contribution is being celebrated this month. The school’s 50th anniversary party will be held Oct. 27, and it will honor the school’s history and the people who’ve been part of that history, including former deans, professors and alumni.
The event is being presented by Glassman, Edwards, Wyatt, Tuttle & Cox PC and The Glassman family, and more than 1,500 alumni and community members from across the city, state and country are expected to attend.
In other news, the school is hosting an admissions workshop and recruitment fair Oct. 23. The admissions workshop will last from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., and the recruitment fair will follow that, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The events come at a time of scrutiny and change for law schools, generally, as economic forces are reshaping the size – and expectations – of their student populations.
“It used to be that schools just charged high tuition to go to law school, and (students) got great jobs when they got out,” said the law school’s interim dean William Kratzke. “That’s not always so true anymore. But we’re working harder than ever to make a legal education that our students will find relevant in some way when they finish.
“Law students aren’t finding there’s a pot of gold at the end of law school. That’s not something we ever promised, but some prestigious law schools seemed to guarantee that. We can’t promise you won’t leave here with no debt, but what we can promise you is we are a good value. We’re worth it, I’m quite certain of that, and we plan to remain that way.”