Gill Named Associate Dean For Academic Affairs at LMU Law

Dean William Gill

Lincoln Memorial University Duncan School of Law (LMU Law) Vice President and Dean Matthew R. Lyon has named William Gill associate dean for academic affairs.   

Gill joined LMU as a visiting professor in 2015. Since 2018, Gill has served as the director of legal writing and assessment. He teaches courses in the areas of immigration, legal writing, academic success, state constitutional law and bar-exam preparation.

“Over the past five years, Professor Gill has lived out the mission of our University and law school through his work with both our law students and his pro bono clients,” said Lyon. “I am confident he has the skills, temperament, and experience necessary for this new role.”

From 2012 until 2015, Gill served as a judicial law clerk for Chief Justice Gary R. Wade in the Tennessee Supreme Court. He also spent two years clerking for U.S. Magistrate Judge W. Leon Barfield in the Southern District of Georgia. He is licensed to practice in Tennessee and Georgia, and he has published articles in the areas of immigration, constitutional law and torts.

Gill graduated cum laude from the Emory University School of Law, where he served as a managing editor on the Emory Law Journal; worked in the Atlanta office of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission; and worked as a research assistant for Dean David Partlett, conducting research for and editing the 12th edition of Prosser, Wade, and Schwartz’s Torts.

Gill holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Tennessee. Prior to law school he worked as a private investigator specializing in fraud and identity theft and as an assistant professor of English language at the University of Guanajuato in Guanajuato, Mexico.

An active advocate for the immigrant community in East Tennessee, Gill has been recognized with several honors for his pro bono work. The Tennessee Supreme Court has recognized him with its Attorney for Justice honor in 2019 and 2018. He was named the 2018 Pro Bono Champion Award recipient for the Midsouth Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), primarily based on his representation of unaccompanied minors from Central America. In addition, Gill serves on the Executive Council of the Immigration Law Section of the Tennessee Bar Association, the Access to Justice Committee of the Knoxville Bar Association, and the executive board of Adelante, a Knoxville-based non-profit focused on promoting access to justice for the immigrant community.

Gill serves on the Tennessee Faith and Justice Alliance Immigration Taskforce, conferring regularly to promote awareness of immigrants’ needs across the state and collaborate to meet those needs. Gill has volunteered with the Catholic Charities of East Tennessee Office of Immigrant Services since the summer of 2016. He has been assisting Catholic Charities with some of its most complex cases. Additionally, Gill has been a reliable pro bono attorney for the Community Legal Center.

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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