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LMU Law Honors Three Students with 2018 Lincoln Lawyer Awards

Knoxville, Tennessee, November 5, 2018Lincoln Memorial University Duncan School of Law (LMU Law) Vice President and Dean Gary R. Wade awarded the 2018 Lincoln Lawyer Awards to third year law students Brennan Parrish, Michael Caldwell and Sam Hall.

The award winners were selected from a pool of nominees by the LMU Law faculty and presented at the recent McMurtry Lecture CLE event. The Lincoln Lawyer Awards are awarded to third year law students as they near their final semester of law school. The awards honor students who best demonstrate Lincoln’s ability to withstand adversity and move forward in the face of frustration; to be a strong leader yet listen to different points of view; to acknowledge errors and learn from them; and to share the credit for success and the blame for failure.

Parrish, of Savannah, Tennessee, was awarded the Lincoln Lawyer Award for Outstanding Character. The award recognizes Parrish’s outstanding generosity of spirit and selflessness, and his habit of doing what is right regardless of personal interests or outside pressures. It also honors good citizenship and a positive attitude and inspires other students to high achievement. Parrish was in a horrible motorcycle crash between his first and second year of law school. He lost his right leg in the accident. He has triumphed through adversity and strives to lead by example. Never one to dwell on his misfortune, he has used his life as an amputee to inspire others to be happier, work harder and appreciate life as a whole. Parrish serves as the senior Dean’s Fellow and is in his second year mentoring his fellow students in that role. He also has worked with the local non-profit organization Clayton Family Foundation.

The Lincoln Lawyer Award for Leadership was bestowed upon Caldwell for his outstanding leadership, scholastic performance and integrity. Hailing from Ringgold, Georgia, Caldwell has commuted to LMU Law’s Knoxville location throughout his tenure. Despite his commute, he has been very active in student organizations and service projects. Caldwell founded the Veteran’s Law Society and organized LMU Law’s Wills for Warriors events, where law students and faculty assisted veterans in creating wills at no charge. He also served on the school’s Academic Integrity committee.



Hall was awarded the Lincoln the Lawyer Award for Service, recognizing a student who has a keen dedication to legal activism, diversity and confronting social issues. Hall has completed nearly 300 volunteer service hours throughout his career at LMU Law. He has volunteered with Sons of Justice to make and distribute blessing bags for the homeless, donated stuffed animals for the juvenile toy drive and served as an ambassador for LMU Law by assisting with numerous open house events. Hall also has participated in yearly work day events to beautify LMU Law’s grounds and assisted with the annual Christmas initiative to benefit Anderson County Family Court. He volunteers with Big Brothers Big Sisters and tutors at Walters State Community College in addition to working as an intermittent charge nurse at Indian Path Medical Center. He founded the Young Americans Foundation at LMU Law and is a member of the Knoxville Bar Association, Federalist Society and Environmental Law Society.

Other nominees for the awards included Ruth Aramburu Mohsen, Chase Baker, Oscar Butler, Alex Eades, David A. Martin, Brittany McAfee, Austin Jenkins, Jeff Preptit, Jin Ye, Jordan Newport, Patrick Rader, Maddie Williams, Tami Schack, Janette Switzer and Noah Patton.

“LMU Law is fortunate to have a vibrant and active student body that is engaged in our community and curriculum,” Wade said. “However, as dedicated as our students are, there are some that deserve special recognition. Michael, Brennan and Sam have been exemplary citizens throughout their time at LMU Law and I look forward to following their careers after graduation.”

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



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