William Newman, an instructor of paralegal studies and political science at The University of Southern Mississippi, will be the featured guest for a live broadcast of the Mississippi Public Broadcasting radio program "In Legal Terms."
The broadcast is set for Tuesday, Jan. 28 at 10 a.m. in the Thad Cochran Center, room 210 on the Hattiesburg campus. The show was previously set for the Polymer Science Research Center Auditorium. Students, faculty and staff are invited to attend this free event.
Presented in conjunction with the University of Mississippi School of Law, "In Legal Terms" provides listeners with important information about everyday legal concerns ranging from those dealing with property, marriage and health, among others that affect our day to day lives. Newman will be joined by Dean Richard Gershon and Associate Dean Matthew Hall from the law school on the program.
The show also offers thought-provoking commentary and opinions on local and national legal issues. Court trials, U.S. Supreme Court arguments, hearings, and other timely legal topics are addressed on the show.
After many year of active law practice, Newman joined the Southern Miss Political Science faculty in 1993, teaching in both the paralegal studies and political science programs. He regularly teaches American Government, Great Issues in Politics, State & Local Politics, Legal Research, Commercial Law, and Equity/Chancery Practice.
Newman received his undergraduate degree from Southern Miss in 1986 and was inducted into the University Hall of Fame. Upon graduation he was awarded the Silver Bowl Award for the Top Graduating Scholar. He then earned his juris doctorate in 1989 from the University of Mississippi School of Law where he was an Eastland Scholar, Articles Editor of the Mississippi Law Journal, an officer on the Moot Court Board, and President of the Law School Student Body. Upon graduation he was awarded the Dean's Distinguished Award.
As an attorney, Newman practiced extensively in wills and estate planning, business acquisitions, and commercial litigation, representing clients as varied as Newsweek magazine, the Iranian government, General Electric, Dairy Queen International and the Mississippi Baptist Convention. He also developed one of the state's most noted practices in intellectual property law (patents, trademarks, and copyrights). During the summer and Christmas breaks, Mr. Newman still lectures extensively on intellectual property, estate planning, and recent legal developments to lawyer groups in six states.