Anna Rickels Joins Academic Success Faculty at LMU Law

Anna Rickels

Lincoln Memorial University Duncan School of Law (LMU Law) Vice President and Dean Matt Lyon announced that local attorney Anna Rickels will join the faculty of LMU Law as assistant professor of law in January.

In this position, Rickels will focus on academic success and bar preparation. She will work closely with students as part of LMU Law’s robust Academic Success Program, which is designed to enable students to develop and apply legal knowledge and essential lawyering skills. Academic success faculty guide students through their transition to law school, teach classes that enhance the skills that are necessary to succeed in law school, and provide individualized instruction tailored to allow each student to build on strengths and improve academic performance. Rickels will also work with upper-level students and recent graduates as they prepare to sit for the bar exam.

“We are excited for Anna to join our faculty and know that her empathy, professional skill set, and commitment to student success will strengthen LMU Law’s Academic Success and Bar Preparation programs,” Lyon said.

A 2014 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Law, Rickels returned to her alma mater in 2019 to serve as the College of Law’s reentry fellow working with the ExpungeTN Project that provides legal services to those who struggle to overcome their criminal records. In that role, Rickels worked with faculty, student attorneys, judges, court clerks, district attorneys, public defenders and community groups to host an expungement clinic in rural Polk County, Tennessee.

Rickels spent most of her legal career with Oberman and Rice in Downtown Knoxville. She worked as a criminal defense associate attorney from 2016 to 2018, and she also served there as a law clerk during law school. She started her career as an attorney at Tennessee Elder Law, LLC.

Rickels earned a baccalaureate degree in religion from Davidson College in North Carolina and is a former program director for Chapel Hill Quest Martial Arts in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. She returned to her hometown of Knoxville in 2011 to attend law school.

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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