Yolanda D. Ingram
Professor Yolanda Ingram is an experienced legal educator and academic support professional with a wealth of knowledge in student services that include Title IX, American Disability Act accommodations and diversity.
Previously, Professor 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 joined the Kline School of Law faculty in 2019 but continues 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. She serves on the Student Services Planning Committee of the Association of American Law Schools.
Her article, “Promoting Inclusion and Equity: Connecting Disciplines in Legal Education,” is forthcoming in St. Marys’ Law Review on Race and Social Justice.
Professor Ingram has extensive experience in numerous aspects of law school administration. Prior to leading the Dickinson Law’s Office of Student Services, 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. In the capacity, she also served as director of 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 taught Legal Writing at both Memphis Law and Temple University Beasley School of Law.
Professor Ingram co-founded the Memphis Bar Association’s Summer Law Internship Program for diverse high school students. In 2008, Ingram was awarded the bar association’s President’s Award for her work with the internship program, which placed 100 high school students in paid internship with Memphis law office in one summer. In 2011, she was awarded the National Bar Association’s President’s Award for creating a mentorship program for Memphis Law’s Black Law Student Association members by the local chapter members.
Ingram clerked for Judge Jay A. Daugherty of the Jackson County Circuit Court in Kansas City, Missouri. Before her judicial clerkship, she taught legal research and writing at Temple University Beasley School of Law. Prior to teaching at Temple Law, she 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 and graduated with Dean’s Honors. She was a teaching assistant for the Academic Support Program in her second year of law school and in her third year, she was selected by the associate dean for academic affairs to serve as the first student director of the program.