May 16, 2011 - Lincoln Memorial University-Duncan School of Law (LMU-DSOL) Vice President and Dean Sydney A. Beckman used LMU’s Spring Commencement Exercises as an opportunity to honor two individuals for their significant contributions to the fledgling law school during its founding.

“On occasion, a member of our community stands out. Makes sacrifices above and beyond the call of duty to the point at which the failure to recognize such would be inappropriate,” Beckman said.

With the blessing of LMU President B. James Dawson, Beckman bestowed the first LMU-Duncan School of Law Dean’s Service Award to Associate Dean Jonathan Marcantel and LMU Vice President for Academic Affairs Clayton Hess.

Marcantel was honored for work ethic, dedication to the institution and fine teaching. He has made great personal and professional sacrifices while being an integral member of LMU-DSOL’s American Bar Association (ABA) accrediting team. Beyond that he is a professor with a reputation for being tough, yet fair. Beckman shared that his reviews often reflect the tone of this student remark: “By far the most challenging, the most difficult and yet my favorite.”

Hess was honored for his work toward LMU-DSOL’s accreditation with three different agencies. He has been a leader in the ABA process as well as the Tennessee Board of Law Examiners review and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) Commission on Colleges (COC). Though much of his work is behind the scenes and few LMU-DSOL students know his face, Hess has shaped the institution they attend through his unfailing guidance and dedication to making LMU-DSOL a fully accredited law school.

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