Vonda M. Laughlin

Vonda M. LaughlinFaculty Photo - Vonda Laughlin

Director of Bar Skills & Associate Professor of Law
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B.A., University of Tennessee
J.D., University of Tennessee College of Law
LL.M., University of Connecticut School of Law

Vonda M. Laughlin, is an Associate Professor and Director of    Bar Studies. She is licensed to practice in Tennessee and is a member of the Tennessee Bar Association and the Jefferson County Bar Association. She received her LL.M. in Insurance  Law from the University of Connecticut School of Law, with honors, where she received the LL.M. Prize for exemplifying the law school’s commitment to distinguished scholarship in the field of insurance law and for dedication to serving the community. She was also awarded CALI Excellence for the Future awards in Principles of Insurance and Surety Law. She received her J.D., with highest honors, from the University of Tennessee College of Law, where she was ranked first in her class. There, she received several honors including a number of American Jurisprudence awards and the Michie Company Outstanding Graduate Award.

Laughlin served as a judicial clerk to U.S. District Court Judge Thomas G. Hull. She later practiced with a New York-based firm that is now Milberg LLP and with Butler, Vines, and Babb in Knoxville. She also served as in-house counsel for Permanent General Insurance Company, where she tried a number of jury cases.

Laughlin believes students have different and varied strengths and abilities, and her goal is to help each student excel and reach his or her chosen goals. “Through the law, lawyers have the opportunity to speak for those who lack the skills to speak for themselves,” she says.

Laughlin lives in Jefferson City and enjoys spending time on Cherokee Lake with her husband, Mike. They enjoy time with their rescue canine friends, Bre and Happy Dog. She also enjoys travel and photography.


  • Laughlin, V.  & Caudill, J., “Justly Criticized or Robbed of the Jewel of the Soul?” paper and presentation for conference proceedings at the Conference on Business, Economics, and Finance held in Las Vegas, Nevada, sponsored by the Academic Organization for Advancement of Strategic and International Studies.  Paper published in the Journal of Strategic and International Studies, a double-blind peer reviewed journal, 11 J. Strategic and Int’l Studies, 12-18 (2016).

  • Caudill, J. & Laughlin V., “Utilizing Mentoring in the Distance Learning Environment,” paper and presentation for the refereed conference proceedings of the 21st annual Technology, Colleges and Community Worldwide Online Conference, April 2016.  The Learning Design and Technology Department (LTEC), University of Hawaii College of Education, is a producer of the event.

  • Caudill, J. & Laughlin V., "Financial and Legal Implications of Student Loan Financing and Potential Default" published in 2014 in the Journal of Academy for Advancement of Business Research, 2(1) J. Acad. Advancement Bus. Res. 79-87 (2014).

  • Laughlin V., “The Precautionary Principle as Applied to the Public Release of Information Regarding Convicted Sexual Offenders for the Purpose of Child Protection” published in 2012 in the Whittier Journal of Child and Family Advocacy, a publication of Whittier Law School, 11 Whittier J. Child and Family Advocacy 341-351 (2012).

  • Laughlin V., “The Filed Rate Doctrine and the Insurance Arena” published in 2012 in the Connecticut Insurance Law Journal, a peer-reviewed publication of the University of Connecticut School of Law, 18 Conn. Ins. L.J. 373-449 (2012).

  •  Laughlin V., “State Laws Restricting the Operation of Risk Retention Groups – Necessary Protection or Illegal Regulation?” published in 2012 in the Drake Law Review, a publication of Drake University Law School. 60 Drake L. Rev. 67-98 (2011).

  • Laughlin V., Annotation in American Law Reports, “Claim of Unconscionability of Contract as Subject to Compulsory Arbitration Clause,” 22 ALR 6th 49-112 (2007).

  • What Every Small Business Needs to Know! – Recent Decisions Narrowing the Scope of the Americans with Disabilities Act, 71 Okla. Bus. Bull. 7 (2003)