Knoxville, Tennessee, September 11, 2018— A pair of Lincoln Memorial University Duncan School of Law (LMU Law) professors were honored by the Tennessee Supreme Court at the Knoxville Bar Association’s (KBA) Annual Supreme Court Dinner on Wednesday, September 5.
William Gill, assistant professor of law, and Allison Starnes-Anglea, director of career services and recruiting, were honored with the 2018 Attorney for Justice Recognition. This marks the fifth year that the Tennessee Supreme Court has bestowed this honor. The extensive recognition program, honors attorneys, law students and law office who provide pro bono services to those who cannot afford legal costs. The Court honors attorneys providing at least 50 hours of service annually, with a goal of increasing statewide pro bono work.
Gill has worked tirelessly to assist the immigrant community in East Tennessee. In June, he was named the 2018 Pro Bono Champion Award recipient for the Midsouth Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). Gill was among the first attorneys to respond to the ICE raid in Morristown, Tennessee, and continues to work with the defendants and families involved. He has taken on multiple Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) predicate orders in the Knoxville area and readily assists other volunteers when they have questions about the process. Gill has recruited other pro bono attorneys in East Tennessee to assist with Community Legal Center cases. He also was instrumental in coordinating with chapter attorneys to present a Continuing Legal Education seminar at LMU Law in Knoxville covering children’s asylum and SIJS cases, with an eye toward recruiting more volunteer attorneys in those areas. Gill regularly invites his students to participate in his pro bono activities.
Starnes-Anglea assisted local veterans through LMU Law’s partnership with Legal Aid of East Tennessee and the KBA in hosting monthly Veterans Advice Clinics. She also serves on the board of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of East Tennessee and donates legal hours to organizations as needed. Starnes-Anglea also provides service through Wills for Heroes and serving on the Knox County Foster Care Review Board. Prior to joining LMU Law, Starnes-Anglea practiced civil law with a local firm for five years and went on to work for the Department of Human Services for the State of Tennessee for two years. She is an active member of the KBA, Tennessee Bar Association and East Tennessee Lawyers’ Association for Women.
All five Tennessee Supreme Court justices, including Chief Justice Jeffrey S. Bivins, Justice Holly Kirby, Justice Cornelia A. Clark, Justice Sharon G. Lee and Justice Roger A. Page, were in attendance at the KBA Annual Supreme Court dinner and recognized Gill and Starnes-Anglea for their efforts. The event, which was held at the Knoxville Crowne Plaza, featured the Honorable R. Ashby Pate as the keynote speaker.
The Lincoln Memorial University Duncan School of Law is located in Knoxville’s Historic Old City Hall Building. LMU Law is an integral part of LMU’s values-based learning community, and is dedicated to preparing the next generation of lawyers to provide sound legal service in the often underserved region of Appalachia and beyond. For more information about LMU Law, call 865.545.5303 or visit us online at Law.LMUnet.edu.