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APSU president to kick off APSU’s 3rd annual Library Athenaeum


Austin Peay State UniversityTim Hall, president of Austin Peay State University, will kick off the 2010-11 Library Athenaeum program.

The series will begin at 1:00pm, Wednesday, September 15th in Woodward Library. Hall will present “Fractured Souls: Lawyers’ Roles and Ethics,” discussing the reality that lawyers are sometimes called upon to do things in the representation of clients they would not do in their individual capacities.

In his talk, Hall will investigate the question of whether it is reasonable to think of ethics in terms of the professional role one occupies.

Students are encouraged to attend; the event is free and open to the public.

Hall helped to launch the Library Athenaeum series in 2007 and served as the program’s first speaker.

Hall received a B.A. in philosophy, summa cum laude, from the University of Houston in 1978.  He followed this degree with two years of graduate work in the religious studies department at Rice University in Houston, Texas, before attending law school and receiving his juris doctorate, cum laude, from the University of Texas Law School in 1983. While in law school, he served as articles editor of the Texas Law Review and was selected for membership in the Order of the Coif, the nation’s leading legal honor society. Following a year as a judicial clerk to the Honorable Will Garwood, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, Hall joined the firm of Hughes & Luce in Austin, Texas, where he practiced trial law for five years.

Tim Hall

Tim Hall

In 1989, Hall and his family relocated to Oxford, where he joined the faculty of the University of Mississippi School of Law, primarily teaching constitutional law, legal ethics and law and literature. He was tenured in 1995 and promoted to full professor in 2001.

In the mid-1990s, Hall became involved in academic administration and undergraduate education when he assumed the position of director of the University of Mississippi’s first-year orientation program. For seven years, he supervised roughly 50 sections of the first-year orientation course, which served annually more than 2,000 students.

In 2002, he was named associate provost and associate vice chancellor of academic affairs at the University of Mississippi, with responsibilities focused on the undergraduate programs. Three years later, Hall was asked to assume additional duties as executive director of the Law School Campaign. This new position included responsibility for leading efforts to raise $60 million for the law school, the primary goal of which was to build a new law school facility.

Both during his years as a law teacher and later as an academic administrator, Hall was active as a legal scholar. He has written numerous articles and books, most of which have concentrated on church-state relations and American religion.

The Library Athenaeum series has three purposes: 

  • To conduct events that promote and enhance the intellectual life of the University and the region.
  • To reach out to students and make connections with them in places other than the classroom.
  • To portray the library as a place to share, explore, discuss and think about ideas and events. 

The Library Athenaeum will consist of speeches or presentations, panel discussions, debates, readings and performances. Faculty, staff and students are invited to submit proposals for future presentations. Proposal forms and additional information can be found on the Library Athenaeum Web site at

For more information about the Library Athenaeum series, contact Joe Weber, director of library services at APSU, by telephone at 931-221-7613 or by e-mail at .




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