Lincoln Memorial University

LMU Law Welcomes Three New Faculty Members

Knoxville, Tennessee, September 11, 2019— Three new faculty members joined Lincoln Memorial University Duncan School of Law (LMU Law) as the school began its 10th year of operation in August.   


jason smithJason Smith is serving as assistant professor of law and teaching primarily in the law school’s Legal Communication program. He has previously served as an adjunct professor teaching Legal Communication III in 2017 and 2018. Prior to joining the faculty full-time, Smith served as a law clerk for Judge D. Kelly Thomas, Jr., of the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals. Early in his career, Smith was a research attorney at Butler, Vines and Babb, PLLC, in Knoxville. Smith earned both his baccalaureate degree and juris doctorate from the University of Tennessee. He graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 2009, summa cum laude and Order of the Coif.


Arlene AmaranteArléne Amarante is serving as assistant professor of law, also primarily teaching Legal Communication courses. A first generation American from the pueblo of San Jose de la Boca, Tepehuanes, Durango, Mexico, Amarante has served as an instructor, clinical supervisor, legal aid attorney and executive director of a nonprofit law firm prior to joining the LMU Law faculty. Her career began at the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada, in Las Vegas, where she represented indigent victims of crime in their immigration proceedings. She later formed the Immigrant Justice Initiative, a nonprofit law firm. Amarante began her academic career at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). She later served as an adjunct instructor at the University of Tennessee College of Law. She has received national awards, including the American Immigration Lawyers Association’s Pro Bono Champion award in 2016 and Pro Bono Hero “Artesia First Responders” award in 2014. Amarante earned a baccalaureate degree from UNLV and holds a juris doctor from Shepard Broad Law Center at Nova Southeastern University. She is currently pursuing a Master of Science in social justice and community action at the University of Edinburgh.


Bianca WhiteBianca White is serving as student services and assessment librarian and assistant professor of law. White brings eight years of experience in law libraries and working as a legal research attorney. Prior to her research work, she served as a labor and employment attorney at Kramer Rayson in Knoxville. White maintains an active law license in Tennessee and is a member of the American Bar Association and the Tennessee Bar Association. She has presented Continuing Legal Education sessions on a number of topics from legal research to discovery. White earned her juris doctorate from University of Memphis Law School and recently completed a Master’s in Information Science, summa cum laude, at the University of Tennessee, where she continues to conduct research in the area of legal reference services and access to justice.


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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