MILLIGAN COLLEGE, TN (Dec. 4, 2012) — Milligan College freshman Caleb McNeese, a native of Unicoi, Tenn., was sworn in as a Supreme Court Justice last month as part of the Tennessee Intercollegiate Supreme Court.
The Tennessee Intercollegiate Supreme Court (TISC) is the judicial branch of the Tennessee Intercollegiate State Legislature, where the top echelon of the state’s campus leaders meet to exchange ideas, express their opinions and learn how government works. The main job of the court is to preside over the annual intercollegiate appellate moot court competition.
“There are only five justices chosen from the various colleges and universities in Tennessee, so this is really a big honor for Caleb—and a great opportunity for him to learn about state governance and our judicial system,” said Mark Peacock, associate professor of legal studies at Milligan. “After listening to Caleb tell of his experience in high school moot court competition and his passion for the law, I was convinced he would be an outstanding Supreme Court Justice and representative of Milligan.”
McNeese will serve with four students from Carson-Newman College (Jefferson City, Tenn.), Rhodes College (Memphis, Tenn.), Vanderbilt University and Fisk University (Nashville). The term of office is one year, but McNeese is eligible to serve a total of three years on the court.
“This is a huge honor and opportunity to help me move toward a career in law,” McNeese said.
This fall, Milligan announced its new political science major, which has opened many doors of opportunity for students such as McNeese. In addition to McNeese’s appointment to the TISC, Milligan recently sent a delegation to the Southern Regional Model United Nations Conference (SRMUN) in Atlanta.
“With our existing legal studies program and our newly implemented political science major, Milligan seeks to expand our involvement with these organizations in the future to give our students opportunities to apply what they are learning in the classroom,” Peacock said.