Friday, June 2, 2023

UM Law School and Meek School Welcome Jack Ford


Public invited to learn more about award-winning legal news analyst, author’s storied career in legal and journalism fields

OXFORD, Miss. – Law and investigative journalism meet crime drama as CBS News legal analyst and award-winning journalist Jack Ford visits the University of Mississippi School of Law to present his latest novel, “The Walls of Jericho,” and discuss recent national cases that include themes of race and civil rights. Ford will explore his journey from attorney to news, where he covered major trials and legal issues of recent years, including the Trayvon Martin and Bradley Manning cases.

The presentation is co-sponsored by the UM School of Law and the Meek School of Journalism. It will take place in Room 1078 in the law school on Thursday, Oct. 10 at 3 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Ford’s career in TV news spans nearly three decades. He has won two Emmys and a coveted Peabody award, among others. Ford holds a law degree from Fordham University School of Law, where he later served as adjunct professor. Ford spent three years as a prosecutor in New Jersey before building his own prominent law practice.

“The Walls of Jericho,” Ford’s second novel, is a thriller that recounts the story of a brutal, unsolved civil rights murder from 1960. The unlikely duo of an Ole Miss law professor and a NY Times reporter stumble upon a source who reveals the long-buried secrets of the case, which leads to a dramatic trial of a powerful political figure.

For more information, visit or call 662-915-3424.

Jenny Kate Luster, Ole Miss News Desk