Katie Jones Named Director of Academic Success and Assessment at LMU Law

Katie Jones

Lincoln Memorial University Duncan School of Law (LMU Law) Vice President and Dean Matthew R. Lyon has named Katie Jones director of academic success and assessment.   

Jones joined LMU Law as an assistant professor in 2017 and has taught Legal Foundations I and II, estate planning and drafting and contract drafting. She has been an integral part of the academic success team.

In new her new role, Jones is responsible for leading LMU Law’s robust Academic Success Program, which is designed to enable students to develop and apply legal knowledge and essential lawyering skills. Jones guides students through their transition to law school, teaches classes that enhance the skills that are necessary to succeed in law school, and provides individualized instruction tailored to allow each student to build on strengths and improve academic performance.

“Over the last three years, I have seen first-hand the interest that Professor Jones takes in the success of each and every one of our students,” said Lyon. “Katie is dedicated to LMU Law’s mission of supporting our students academically from the moment they accept their admission offers until the day they pass the bar exam. I am excited to see where she leads our academic success program.”

Before joining the LMU faculty, Jones worked at the law firm of Holbrook, Peterson, Smith, PLLC in Knoxville. While at the firm, she focused on estate planning and civil litigation. Jones also handled matters involving appellate litigation, estate administration, contract law and real estate, among other practice areas. She previously operated a solo practice.

In 2010, Jones was selected by the American Bar Association Section of Taxation for one of two national fully-funded, two-year public service tax fellowships. As a public service fellow, she worked as an attorney with the Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands to set up a low-income tax clinic serving eight counties in Appalachia. Jones represented clients in administrative proceedings, negotiated settlements with the Internal Revenue Service and represented clients in complex Federal Tax Court litigation. She also handled matters involving housing law, domestic violence, family law, juvenile law, elder law, disability law and employment law as well as taught continuing legal education seminars. She worked for Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands for a total of 10 years, having begun as a volunteer and law clerk.

A native of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, Jones completed her undergraduate studies at The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She earned her law degree at The University of Tennessee College of Law.

The Tennessee Supreme Court recognized Jones with its Attorney for Justice honor in 2019 for her work representing pro bono clients in legal matters involving wills and trusts, housing and real estate. She volunteers for community legal clinics and assists other attorneys with questions about wills and powers of attorney. Jones also volunteers her time to numerous community organizations and particularly enjoys working for causes that help women in the Knoxville area. She serves as a mentor with the tnAchieves and Tennessee Promise programs, helping high school students navigate the college application and financial aid processes and providing guidance as students begin college.

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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