Lincoln Memorial University

Retired Congressman John J. Duncan, Jr. to Deliver Commencement Address at LMU-Law

John J. Duncan, Jr.Knoxville, Tennessee, May 13, 2019—Lincoln Memorial University Duncan School of Law (LMU Law) will hold its Commencement Exercises on Friday, May 17, 2019, at 4 p.m. at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium in downtown Knoxville. The School’s namesake, John J. Duncan, Jr., will deliver the commencement address.


Duncan retired from Congress in 2019 after 30 years of service where he was a Ranking Member of the Highways and Transit Subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. He also held seats on the House Committee on Natural Resources and the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.


Prior to his election to Congress, Duncan served as a state trial judge, appointed by Tennessee Governor Lamar Alexander in 1981. He served in that capacity until 1988. Duncan began his career in private practice with Knoxville attorney Zane Daniel in 1973.


Duncan earned a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in 1969, and went on to attend The George Washington University National Law Center in Washington, D.C., where he earned a law degree in 1973. In addition to his academic training, Duncan served in the United States Army National Guard. He enlisted in 1970 and rose to the rank of Captain before completing his service in 1987.


He has been involved with LMU Law since its founding. In 2009, shortly before LMU Law opened its doors, LMU announced it would name the Law School in honor of Duncan. He was the commencement speaker for the Inaugural Class graduation in 2013. Since retiring from Congress, he has joined the faculty of LMU Law and taken an office in the school. In honor of the Duncan family, LMU has established and is raising funds for The Duncan Legacy Endowed Scholarship for Deserving Law Students in Need. The fund will provide need-based scholarships for law students at LMU.


Fifty-nine degree candidates will participate in the ceremony as the University confers Doctor of Jurisprudence degrees to the Class of 2019. It marks the first graduation since LMU Law was granted full approval by the American Bar Association (ABA) in March. Full approval entitles LMU Law to all the rights of a fully approved law school, and enables its graduates to take the bar exam in any American jurisdiction. The ABA granted LMU Law provisional approval in 2014. In addition to being approved by the American Bar Association, LMU Law has approval from the Tennessee Board of Law Examiners (TBLE).


The Lincoln Memorial University-Duncan School of Law (LMU Law) is located in Knoxville’s Historic Old City Hall Building. LMU Law is an integral part of LMU’s values-based learning community, and is dedicated to preparing the next generation of lawyers to provide sound legal service in the often underserved region of Appalachia and beyond. For more information about LMU-DSOL, call 1-800-325-0900, ext. 5303 or visit us online at


Lincoln Memorial University is a values-based learning community dedicated to providing educational experiences in the liberal arts and professional studies. The main campus is located in Harrogate, Tennessee. For more information about the undergraduate and graduate programs available at LMU, contact the Office of Admissions at 423-869-6280 or email at [email protected].


423.869.3611 | 800.325.0900
6965 Cumberland Gap Parkway
Harrogate, TN 37752