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Alumnus begins clerkship with Missouri Supreme Court

Thomas LimbrickThomas Limbrick ’13 is serving a two-year judicial clerkship with the Honorable Mary Rhodes Russell of the Supreme Court of Missouri. But he said it was earning a philosophy degree at Missouri State that helped prepare him for the rigors of law school and his burgeoning career. He credits mentors like Andrew Johnson and Jack Knight, whom he calls, “two of the smartest people I’ve ever met.”

“My course on ancient philosophy with Dr. Knight made me unafraid to tackle complex and voluminous readings. All of my philosophy classes, particularly Ethics and Contemporary Issues and Philosophy of Religion with Professor Johnson, familiarized me with the Socratic method of teaching and forced me to constantly come up with rational arguments,” Limbrick said.

Limbrick knew he wanted to attend law school before beginning his undergraduate studies. While in law school he took advantage of semester and summer breaks to immerse himself in many different legal fields. After his first year of law school he spent the summer working at Armstrong Teasdale, where he gained experience with employment litigation, construction, medical malpractice, real estate and intellectual property litigation. These experiences helped Limbrick pinpoint his interests in employment and labor law.

But the opportunity to clerk caught his attention as soon as he began law school. Limbrick said the application process includes gathering recommendation letters, writing samples, resumé and transcript. Limbrick said some judges begin accepting applications when students are in their second year of law school, so it’s best to begin the process early.

“Many lawyers consider clerking for a year or two to be one of the best jobs – if not the best job – to get straight out of law school. It is a unique opportunity to work closely with a judge and see how the other side of the courtroom thinks,” Limbrick said.

After completing his clerkship in 2018, Limbrick plans to return to his hometown of St. Louis and practice employment and labor law.

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Congratulations to our faculty on their recent publications!

  • Elizabeth Foreman (2014). “An Agent-Centered Account of Rightness: The Importance of a Good Attitude.” Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, 17(5), 941-954.
  • Elizabeth Foreman (2014). “Brain-Damaged Babies and Brain-Damaged Kittens: A Re-Examination of the Argument from Marginal Cases.” Journal of Animal Ethics, 4(1), 58-73.
  • Andrew Johnson and Danielle Hathcock (2014). “Study Abroad and Moral Development.” eJournal of Public Affairs, 3(3), 25.
  • Pamela Sailors (2015). “Personal Foul: An Evaluation of the Moral Status of Football.” Journal of the Philosophy of Sport.
  • P. Sailors and D. Rosenberg (2014). “Racers, Pacers, Gender and Records: On the Meaning of Sport Competition and Competitors.” Sport, Ethics and Philosophy, 8(2), 172-190.
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2012 Midsouth Philosophy Conference

It is a longstanding tradition for a group of philosophy majors and minors from Missouri State to attend the annual Midsouth Philosophy Conference in Memphis. The conference brings in philosophers, philosophy grad students, and philosophy undergrad students from all over the country for dozens of talks given over a day and a half. This year Missouri State sent 19 students, its largest contingent ever. Philosophy major Kevin Marren presented a paper to the undergraduate conference, and faculty members Pam Sailors and Andy Johnson gave talks as part of the main conference.


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Have you submitted to the Midsouth Philosophy Conference?

This is a valuable opportunity to get involved not only as a philosophy student but as a member of the greater philosophy community!

Unfortunately, you only have one more week to submit your work to the conference in time for the deadline.  Your submissions can be sent in to Nick Tominello at his email, nftmnllo@memphis.eduSubmissions must be received by Sunday, January 15, 2012 to be considered.

Submissions should be 3,000 words in length or less and can be on any philosophical topic.  Also, your submission must include a cover letter with your name, the name of your institution, mailing address, telephone number and email.  There is no submission fee.

If you have any questions, feel free to email Nick Tominello.  Again, the submission deadline is January 15.  Good luck!

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“Who Is the Most Logical Undergraduate?” Contest Winners

The philosophy department hosts an annual “Who Is The Most Logical Undergraduate?” contest intended to give students some hands-on experience with philosophy and helping other students see how philosophy can be beneficial to their degree programs.  The most recent contest was November 10, and we had a great turn-out!  Here are the winners:

  • 1st place ($150): Christian Shade
  • 2nd place ($100): Michael Hansen
  • 3rd place ($50): Carmen Gentes
For students who wish to participate in the next contest, don’t forget that it is an annual contest.  Keep an eye out for news about it next fall!
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