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About Akram Faizer

Professor M. Akram Faizer is Professor of Law at the LMU-Duncan School of Law, where he teaches U.S. Constitutional Law, First Amendment Law, Administrative Law, Estate Law and Property 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 LMU faculty in July 2011, was named Professor of the Year for the 2012-13 academic year, appears frequently on local media and awarded tenure as of July 1, 2017. Prior to joining the LMU faculty, Professor Faizer was a practicing litigator in Buffalo, NY, at the venerable law firm of Barclay Damon LLP. Professor Faizer focused his practice on real estate valuation, with special emphasis on both eminent domain and tax assessment disputes. Professor Faizer was the first person to be awarded the Hanna S. Cohn Young Lawyer Award by the New York State Bar Association for pro bono legal services. The Award was especially meaningful to Professor Faizer in that it is awarded on annual basis to only one attorney in the entire State of New York based on the recommendation of that attorney’s local bar association.
Professor Faizer graduated from the University of Notre Dame Law School in Notre Dame, IN, with a Juris Doctor Degree in June 2000. He holds both 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.
Faizer’s teaching philosophy is to be provocative in the classroom to focus on student learning, while at the same time engendering student discussion in an honest and critical manner. He also tries to emphasize a diversity of learning patterns to anticipate and respond to different student learning gaps or styles. “I very much enjoy the subjects I teach for different reasons. Constitutional Law and First Amendment because they are intellectually fascinating, public spirited and focus on the critical thinking side of law,” Faizer says. “I enjoy teaching Wills, Trusts and Estates and Property because they are both intellectually interesting and allow me an opportunity to teach students needed practical skills. I transitioned from practice to teaching notwithstanding my love of practice because I sincerely believe I can make a greater contribution by teaching.”
When he’s not teaching, Faizer likes to indulge his love of coffee, pastries, chocolates, fine cheeses, and classical music. He also loves reading, working out, and has an unfortunate fondness for expensive neckties.


Present Professor of Law, Lincoln Memorial University - Duncan School of Law

Curriculum Vitae

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Professional Service and Affiliations

2020 - Present Knoxville Bar Foundation, Knoxville Bar Association
2020 - Present Tennessee Bar Association Law Leadership, Tennessee Bar Association
2019 - Present Tennessee Bar Association, Tennessee Bar Association
2018 - Present Hamilton Burnett Inns of Court Team Leader, Inns of Court
2017 - Present Co-Chair, Diversity in the Profession Committee, Knoxville Bar Association
2014 - Present Tennessee Bar, Board of Professional Responsibility
2001 - Present New York Bar, New York Bar
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Honors and Awards

  • Professor of the Year Award, 2012-2013
  • Hanna S. Cohn Young Lawyers Award, 2002
  • New York State Bar Association's Young Lawyer Award for Pro Bono Services
  • Jessup International Moot Court Award, 2000
  • Notre Dame Law School's Award for Excellence in Oral Advocacy
  • Student Conference on International Affairs (SCUSA) 1997
  • McGill University's Sole Delegate to the U.S. Military Academy's Annual Conference on International Affairs in West Point, NY


  • U.S. Constitutional Law
  • First Amendment Seminar
  • Tennessee Constitutional Law
  • Administrative Law
  • Property Law


B.S. & B.A. with honors, McGill University
J.D., University of Notre Dame ‐ Law School

Contact Information

Lincoln Memorial University
Duncan School of Law
601 W. Summit Hill Dr.
Knoxville, TN 37902


Recent Works (12)

Articles (6)