Six LMU Law Students Selected for TBA Young Lawyers Division Diversity Leadership Institute

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Six Lincoln Memorial University Duncan School of Law (LMU Law) students have been selected to be part of the Tennessee Bar Association Young Lawyers Division 2021 Diversity Leadership Institute. A total of 15 law students from Tennessee law schools were selected to be a part of the six-month leadership and mentoring program.

Representing LMU Law at the Leadership Institute will be Katherine Altenor (3L), of Knoxville, Tennessee; Emily Benoit (2L), of Knoxville, Tennessee; Daniel Chung (2L), of Fairfax, Virginia; Briana D’Souza (2L) of Eustis, Florida; Chantel Matikke (3L) of Knoxville, Tennessee; and Javier Salas (3L) of Sylvania, Ohio. The six LMU Law students will be joined in the class with representatives from the Belmont College of Law, Nashville School of Law and University of Tennessee College of Law.

“Our students’ selection for this program illustrates LMU Law’s commitment to increasing diversity, inclusion, and equity in the legal industry. LMU students comprising over one third of this year’s DLI class is encouraging for the future of our profession,” said Allison Starnes-Anglea, director of career services and recording. “Selected law students identify as underrepresented in the legal profession and DLI provides class members the opportunity to gain leadership skills, mentorship from attorneys in the TBA’s Young Lawyers Division, and access to influential state leaders. These gains simply are not available through any other program.”

Now in its 11th year, the program is designed to help law students develop skills to succeed as a law student and attorney, empower students to contribute more to the legal community, match students to mentors in a variety of practice areas, and build relationships among students of diverse backgrounds. The TBA Young Lawyers Division is comprised of lawyers in their first five years of practice or under 36 years of age. It is dedicated to serving the professional needs of young lawyers and serving the public as the “service arm of the bar.”

The Tennessee Bar Association is dedicated to enhancing fellowship among members of the state’s legal community. A voluntary professional association, the TBA offers its members a variety of programs and services designed to assist in professional development and works to build a positive image for the profession in the community.      

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.

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