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A Law Student, A Blighted Building and a Long Legal Process

Christopher Blank/WKNO-FM

University of Memphis law professor Daniel Schaffzin runs a legal clinic that assigns students environmental court cases on behalf of the City of Memphis. It's much needed help for the city's fight against rampant blight. One student, Jordan Emily, took on a large apartment complex abandoned by an out-of-state owner. The case is one example of the legal challenges facing a city swamped with more than 800 similar cases.

Reporting from the gates of Graceland to the balcony of the Lorraine Motel, Christopher has covered Memphis news, arts, culture and politics for more than 20 years in print and on the radio. He is currently WKNO's News Director and Senior Producer at the University of Memphis' Institute for Public Service Reporting. Join his conversations about the Memphis arts scene on the WKNO Culture Desk Facebook page.