Ayesh Joins LMU Law as Director of Experiential Learning


lmulawayeshLincoln Memorial University Duncan School of Law (LMU Law) Vice President and Dean Matt Lyon announced that Knoxville attorney Maha Ayesh has been appointed as Director of Experiential Learning and Assistant Professor of Law.

In this position, Ayesh will oversee LMU Law’s externship program, through which upper-level law students receive course credit while completing field placements under the supervision of practicing attorneys and judges. She will also help further develop the law school’s experiential learning course offerings, which are designed to build students’ transactional and litigation skills.

Ayesh joins LMU Law with over a decade of private practice experience focusing on employment and civil rights litigation, representing plaintiffs for Jennifer Morton Law. Ayesh took a brief sabbatical from her practice when she was awarded Fulbright Fellowship in 2011, through which she worked and researched in the field of human trafficking and the rights of migrant domestic workers in Amman, Jordan. Prior to that, she served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Joseph M. Tipton of the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals.

“As one of Knoxville’s finest lawyers and leader in our community, Maha exemplifies the type of lawyer we try to develop at LMU Law,” said Lyon. “We are thrilled that she has decided to join our faculty and focus her many talents on educating and mentoring our students.”

Ayesh has a long record of service to the state and local bar and in the Knoxville community. She currently serves on the Tennessee Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Law Executive Council and as a Board of Professional Responsibility Hearing Panel member. Ayesh also is Vice President of the Tennessee Employment Lawyers Association, a board member of the East Tennessee Lawyers Association for Women, and a former member of the Knoxville Bar Association’s Board of Governors. Furthermore, she is President of the Muslim Community of Knoxville and a board member of the American Muslim Advisory Council.

Ayesh graduated first in her class and summa cum laude from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 2006. During law school, Ayesh worked as a student attorney in the University of Tennessee College of Law Legal Clinic, served as a graduate assistant to Professor Dean Hill Rivkin, and gained experience as a law clerk at the Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands. Ayesh also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree summa cum laude from the University of Tennessee, where she majored in history and sociology.    

“One of the things that impresses me the most about LMU Law is its focus on producing practice-ready graduates who want to change their world for the better,” Ayesh said. “I’m excited to join the LMU Law family and help contribute to that mission.” 

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.

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