Lincoln Memorial University President B. James Dawson recently announced the appointment of Parham H. Williams Jr. as interim vice president and dean at the LMUJohn J. Duncan School of Law.
The Mississippi native, who has a total of 35 years of experience as a law school dean, will also serve as a law professor.
“It is with great enthusiasm that I welcome Dean Williams to Lincoln Memorial University,” Dawson said. “The Duncan School of Law has a strong academic program of legal education, and I am confident that Parham will continue to enhance this program. He will also play the crucial role of guiding LMUDSOL through American Bar Association accreditation. We could not be in better hands.”
Among his responsibilities is leading the university through the ABA accreditation process, including overseeing the development of the school’s selfstudy and preparation for the ABA site visit.
He will work closely with Leary Davis, the school’s strategic planning consultant, to develop a long-term plan for LMU-DSOL.
Williams previously served as vice president, dean and chair in law at Chapman University for 10 years and vice president, dean and professor at Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law for 11 years.
He has also served as dean and professor at the University of Mississippi School of Law.
Williams earned his bachelor of arts and law degree at the University of Mississippi. In 1965, he received his Master of Laws degree from Yale University School of Law.
He began his legal career as a first lieutenant in the United States Air Force JAG, after which he went into private practice for a year before he was elected district attorney with Mississippi’s Fourth Circuit Court District.