Seasoned Legal Educator and Champion of Diversity Yolanda D. Ingram Joins Faculty

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Professor Yolanda D. Ingram, a champion of diversity in legal education and an experienced law school administrator and educator, has joined the law school faculty.  

Ingram will serve as director of bar support, in addition to teaching Professional Responsibility and other courses.  

Most recently, Ingram served as dean of students and director of Academic Success & Bar Strategies at Penn State University’s Dickinson School of Law, where she taught Bar Skills courses and oversaw a comprehensive program to support students preparing for the exam. 

She is the author of “Promoting Inclusion and Equity: Connecting Disciplines in Legal Education,” forthcoming in St. Marys’ Law Review on Race and Social Justice. 

Previously, she led Washburn University’s School of Law’s Office of Admission. For 10 years, she was the assistant dean for student affairs at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law. While there, Ingram also directed the state’s only conditional admissions program and diversity pipeline program for college students, the Tennessee Institute for Pre-Law. During her decade in Memphis, the pre-law program was able to substantially increase the state law schools’ diversity enrollment each year. 

She has taught legal writing, both at Memphis Law and at Temple University’s Beasley School of Law. 

Ingram will continue to serve as an instructional mediator in a pilot program launched in 2018 by the Council on Legal Education Opportunities, a national organization that expands opportunities for minority and low-income students to attend law school. 

Before joining the legal academy, Ingram clerked for Judge Jay A. Daugherty of the Jackson County Circuit Court in Kansas City, Missouri and was an associate with the Polsinelli Law Firm where she practiced in the areas of eminent domain law, land use/zoning, landlord/tenant disputes and property tax appeals. 

She received her JD from Washburn University School of Law, where she was on the Washburn Law Journal.