Lincoln Memorial University

LMU Honors Three with 2019 Lincoln Lawyer Awards

Knoxville, Tennessee, November 14, 2019—Lincoln Memorial University Duncan School of Law (LMU Law) Vice President and Dean Gary R. Wade awarded the 2019 Lincoln Lawyer Awards to third year law students Checovoia Foster-Bruce, Laura Reagan and Elton Hutton on Friday, November 8, during the annual McMurtry Lecture.

The award winners were selected from a pool of nominees by the LMU Law faculty. 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.

Checovoia Foster-BruceFoster-Bruce, of Knoxville, Tennessee, was recognized with the Lincoln Lawyer Award for leadership. The award recognizes Foster-Bruce’s leadership, scholastic performance and integrity. Foster-Bruce is the current president of the Student Bar Association (SBA). As a second-year law student, she served as a senator to SBA. Foster-Bruce is a peer leader and a member of LMU-Law’s Women of the Law Society and Black Law Student Association. She has facilitated multiple speaking events featuring legal professionals from East Tennessee Lawyer’s Association for Women (ETLAW) and a community outreach event at Malcolm Martin Park. One of the student workers that mans the reception desk, Foster-Bruce is often the first face to greet visitors at LMU Law. “Checovoia is always smiling while working the front desk. She believes that a smile or compliment can turn any bad day around. She tries to make sure all students feel included and have a person to talk to without being judged,” Wade said.

Laura ReaganThe Lincoln Lawyer Award for Outstanding Character was bestowed upon Reagan, recognizing her outstanding generosity of spirit, selflessness and affinity for doing what is right regardless of personal interests or outside pressures. Reagan hails from Sevierville, Tennessee, where she served in law enforcement prior to joining the student body at LMU Law. She sets an example for her peers by arriving early to class, being prepared and participating in discussions. Reagan balances law school with family obligations, a job and her military commitment. She is the training coordinator for Safe Harbor Child Advocacy Center, a peer leader at LMU Law and assisted in coordinating this year’s Wills for Warriors event. “Character is of utmost importance to Laura. She gladly offers help with projects and events at school and individually with classmates who need help studying as well as faculty and staff,” Wade said.

Elton HuttonHutton, of Miami, Florida, 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. Hutton is president of the Family Law Society, a member of Phi Alpha Delta, co-president of Alternative Dispute Resolutions and secretary of SBA. Hutton has made it his mission to encourage others to pursue their passion for the law and explain the mission of the school and share why he believes LMU is like no other law school. He has worked with many students and with various student organizations to develop and grow their network across all classes. “Elton is someone everyone feels comfortable approaching. He is dependable and encourages others to become involved in our academic community,” Wade said.

Other nominees for the awards included Courteney Barnes-Anderson, Jennifer Bolt, Melinda Brown, Samantha Clark, Cole Corder, Taylor Drinnen, Christine Flareau, George Gilliam, Brooklyn Girdley, Geysel Gomez Lozada, Daniel Herrera, Rebecca Horton, Bridget Miracle, Michelle Morales and Sanjay Raman.

“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. Checovoia, Laura and Elton 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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