Akram Faizer Awarded Knoxville Bar Association (KBA) 2021 Presidents' Award

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The Knoxville Bar Association (KBA) awarded Lincoln Memorial University-Duncan School of Law (LMU Law) professor Akram Faizer the 2021 KBA Presidents' Award at its Annual Meeting on Friday, December 10.

The KBA Presidents' Award recognizes outstanding performance and dedicated service on behalf of the KBA. Faizer and Carlos Yunsan received the award as co-chairs of the KBA's Diversity in the Profession Committee. The KBA’s President, Cheryl Rice, commended Faizer and Yunsan for their vision and leadership of the Committee's many efforts to ensure that every attorney can succeed professionally and participate in the affairs of the legal community.

“We encourage our faculty and staff to prioritize service to the legal profession, and nobody better exemplifies servant leadership than Professor Faizer,” LMU Law Vice President and Dean Matt Lyon said. “We are thrilled the KBA is recognizing his hard work with the prestigious Presidents’ Award. All of us at LMU Law congratulate both Akram and Carlos and appreciate all of their efforts to make our local bar more diverse, equitable, and inclusive.”  

The KBA’s Diversity in the Profession Committee focuses on the Knoxville legal community to help spread awareness and implement programs that ensure every attorney can succeed professionally and participate in the legal community without regard to race, color, creed, religion, or gender. In addition to his leadership in the KBA, Faizer currently serves as the Co-Chair of the Tennessee Bar Association’s Committee on Racial & Ethnic Diversity.

Faizer teaches a variety of courses at LMU Law, including Constitutional Law, Administrative Law, Wills, Trusts and Estates, and Property. He joined the LMU Law faculty in July 2011, was named Professor of the Year for the 2012-13 academic year and has been a tenured full professor since 2017. Prior to joining LMU Law, Faizer was a practicing litigator in Buffalo, New York, for over a decade. He holds his Juris Doctor (JD) from Notre Dame Law School and a Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Bachelor of Science (BS) degree from McGill University in Montreal, Canada.

The Lincoln Memorial University Duncan School of 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 Law, call 865.545.5303 or visit us online at Law.LMUnet.edu.

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