Faizer Named to TBA's First Diversity Task Force

Professor Akram Faizer

The Tennessee Bar Association (TBA) announced the establishment of a new task force of attorneys and judges from across the state to take on diversity challenges within the legal profession. Lincoln Memorial University Duncan School of Law (LMU Law) Professor of Law Akram Faizer is among 19 legal professionals committed to serve on the task force.   

TBA Chief Diversity Officer Mary Beard will lead the effort. Recommendations from the task force will go to the TBA’s Board of Governors. TBA President Michelle Greenway Sellers announced the task force as part of several initiatives contained in TBA’s three-year strategic plan.

“Beginning this fall, we will analyze current and future diversity initiatives within the Bar,” Beard said. “We will also look for opportunities to collaborate across the state to promote diversity and inclusion in the legal profession.”

Faizer is the only representative serving on the task force from one of the state’s five law schools. La Tonnsya Burney, the assistant dean of student conduct at Tennessee State University, also represents higher education. The task force includes representation from East, Middle and West Tennessee.

“Being chosen as a task force member is a great honor and I am very humbled that the TBA has entrusted me with this position,” Faizer said. “Law is the least ethnically diverse of all professions and this has parlous consequences for our nation. To the TBA’s great credit, inclusion and cultural competence is a priority and my hope is that I can help the task force effectuate this priority over time.”

Faizer teaches constitutional law, first amendment law, administrative law, estate law and property law at LMU Law. He writes prolifically in the area of constitutional law, with special emphasis on the difficulties related to integrating historically marginalized groups such as racial and ethnic minorities, migrants, gender minorities and the poor. He joined the faculty of LMU Law in 2011 and was named Professor of the Year for the 2012-2013 academic year. Faizer was awarded tenure in July of 2017. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame Law School and holds a bachelor of arts degree in international relations and a bachelor of science degree in physiology from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. He is a member of the New York and Tennessee bars.

“Professor Faizer has been a leader on issues of diversity and inclusion at our law school and in the Knoxville legal community for many years,” LMU Law Vice President and Dean Matt Lyon said. “We are proud that the TBA’s leadership has selected him to serve on this task force, and we know that he will contribute greatly to the task force’s important work.”

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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