Knoxville, Tennessee, September 15, 2019— Three 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 4.
William Gill, director of legal writing and assessment and associate professor of law, Katie Jones, assistant professor of law, and Allison Starnes-Anglea, director of career services and recruiting, were honored with the 2019 Attorney for Justice Recognition. This marks the sixth year that the Tennessee Supreme Court has bestowed this honor. The extensive recognition program honors attorneys, law students and law offices who provide pro bono services to those who cannot afford legal services. 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. He was named the 2018 Pro Bono Champion Award recipient for the Midsouth Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). Gill represents pro bono clients facing immigration issues throughout the region. 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.
Jones represents pro bono clients in legal matters involving wills and trusts, housing and real estate. She volunteers for community legal clinics and assists other attorneys with questions about wills and powers of attorney. Jones also volunteers her time to numerous community organizations and particularly enjoys working for causes that help women in the Knoxville area. She serves as a mentor with the tnAchieves and Tennessee Promise programs, helping high school students navigate the college application and financial aid processes and providing guidance as students begin college.
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, which drew hundreds of attorneys and members of the judiciary at the Knoxville Convention Center. Servant leadership advocate Vicki Floyd Clark delivered the keynote address and Chief Justice Bivins gave the Court’s annual update during the event.
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.