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Board Members

KATHRYN ELLIS
ETLAW President

Dr. Kathryn Ellis joined the Knoxville Family Justice Center as its Executive Director in September 2020. Prior to that, Dr. Ellis worked at Legal Aid of East Tennessee’s Knoxville office for over eight years. Her primary area of practice was in domestic violence (Orders of Protection and divorces). Dr. Ellis also assisted with some housing law issues and some consumer law issues. In July 2016, Dr. Ellis became the Pro Bono Director for LAET’s Knoxville area offices and was responsible for recruiting and coordinating volunteer pro bono attorneys from the private bar to assist LAET clients through direct representation and at legal advice clinics.

Dr. Ellis graduated from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, in 1996 with a B.A. in history and political science. She then completed an M.A. (1998) and Ph.D. (2007) in history at the University of Tennessee. Dr. Ellis’s dissertation looked at the influence of the U.S. Supreme Court on the evolution of Jim Crow legislation. Finally, Dr. Ellis obtained her J.D. from the University of Tennessee College of Law in May 2010.

Dr. Ellis served on the Knoxville Bar Association’s (KBA) Board of Governors from 2017 to 2019 and as vice president of the Blount County Bar Association in 2018 and 2019. She is also a member of the Hamilton Burnett American Inn of Court and ETLAW. Dr. Ellis has previously served as co-chair of the Blount County Task Force against Domestic Violence, co-chair of the KBA Barristers Access to Justice Committee, chair of the KBA Barristers Mock Trial Committee, and co-chair of the ETLAW Program Committee. In addition, Dr. Ellis is a member of the KBA’s Diversity in the Profession Committee and Access to Justice Committee and the Tennessee Bar Association’s Access to Justice Committee and CLE Committee.

 

ANNA SWIFT
ETLAW President-Elect

A graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Law, magna cum laude, with an undergraduate degree in public relations, Anna Swift is an attorney advisor for the Social Security Administration. She has been licensed to practice law since 2014 and has been a member of ETLAW since 2015, having previously served as the programming co-chair in 2017 and the community outreach chair in 2018. Now, as ETLAW President-Elect, Anna intends to utilize her public relations and legal backgrounds, along with her experience with serving other worthwhile organizations, to fulfill her elected position and continue to advance ETLAW’s mission of empowering female lawyers in the East Tennessee region.

JENNIFER D. FRANKLYN 
ETLAW Secretary

Jennifer Franklyn is an Associate Attorney at Leitner Williams Dooley & Napolitan, PLLC, where she practices primarily civil defense litigation, including premises liabiliy, professional liability, automobile accident and UM/UIM defense, transportation, products liability, construction, and workers’ compensation (employer-side), as well as other practice areas such as family law. Jennifer graduated summa cum laude from the University of Tennessee in 2013 with a degree in Political Science and earned her law degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 2016. While in law school, Jennifer was involved in pro bono efforts and served as a Graduate Research Assistant for the Chancellor’s Commission for Women and the Chancellor’s Commission for LGBT People. She was admitted to the Tennessee bar in 2016. Jennifer is also admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee and the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

Jennifer is involved in the Knoxville Bar Association, where she serves on the Publications committee and prepares a monthly column for the KBA’s monthly publication, DICTA, as well as the Tennessee Defense Lawyers Association (Knoxville Chair of the Young Lawyers Section). Additionally, she is an active member of the Tennessee Bar Association, the Claims Litigation Management Alliance, and the Defense Research Institute. When she is not working or engaged in professional pursuits, Jennifer and her spouse, Garett, enjoy traveling, trying new restaurants, cheering on the Tennessee Volunteers, and enjoying the natural beauty of East Tennessee.

 

COURTNEY WALKER
ETLAW Treasurer

Courtney Walker is an associate at Gentry Tipton McLemore, PC, where she practices law in the areas of banking, business law, commercial real estate, corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, bankruptcy, creditor’s and debtor’s rights, and litigation.

Courtney received her undergraduate degree in agribusiness management, in cursu honorum, magna cum laude, from Tennessee Technological University. She graduated magna cum laude from Lincoln Memorial University Duncan School of Law, where she was Valedictorian of the full-time class.

Courtney is active in several professional and community organizations, including the Tennessee and Knoxville Bar associations, Tennessee FFA Foundation and TnAchieves. Courtney and her husband, Bob, can be found traveling, hiking, camping or enjoying a good Sunday brunch with their two kids and labradoodle.

STEPHANIE COLEMAN
ETLAW Historian

Stephanie Coleman is a partner at Owings, Wilson & Coleman in Knoxville, Tennessee. Stephanie graduated summa cum laude from Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee, with a B.A. in 2005. She earned her law degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 2008. While there, she was named to the Order of Barristers, achieved Dean’s List, and received Certificates of Excellence in Contracts II and Contract Drafting. She also argued for the Labor and Employment Law Moot Court Team at the National Competition in New York. She was admitted to the Tennessee Bar in 2008 and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee in 2009.

As a partner at Owings, Wilson & Coleman, Stephanie provides general counsel services to businesses throughout East Tennessee. As a day-to-day resource for the companies with which she works, Stephanie reviews contracts, assists in collections, and advises on employment law issues including unemployment claims and issues related to the ADA, FLSA, and FMLA. She has drafted employment handbooks, policy and procedure manuals, and affirmative action plans and serves as a resource to ensure compliance with local and federal laws and regulations.

ALICIA TEUBERT
ETLAW Corporate Compliance Chair

Alicia Teubert is a senior associate at Anderson Busby PLLC, where she focuses her practice primarily on business transactions, banking and finance, commercial real estate, construction, contracts, corporate and commercial law, mergers and acquisitions, nonprofit governance, and secured transactions.

Alicia, born and raised in Saline, Michigan, attended The University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, where she graduated with high distinction with a B.A. in political science and communications. She earned her J.D. from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 2010, graduating summa cum laude with a concentration in business transactions.

In addition to serving on ETLAW’s Board, Alicia is actively involved in the Knoxville Track Club, where she serves on the Board of Directors and sits on numerous standing and ad hoc committees. She also serves as the horse judging coach for the Knox County 4H Horse and Pony Club.

ALLISON STARNES-ANGLEA
ETLAW Programming Chair

Before joining the Lincoln Memorial University Duncan School of Law in 2017, Director Allison Starnes-Anglea practiced law in Tennessee. She practiced civil law with a local firm for five years and went on to work for the Department of Human Services for the State of Tennessee for two years. While in private practice, she actively participated in service opportunities for the benefit of local veterans and the elderly, and she served two terms as the board of directors’ president for Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of East Tennessee. In 2018, she was recognized as an “Attorney for Justice” by the Tennessee Supreme Court.

Allison received a B.S. from Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida. She went on to receive her J.D. in 2010 from the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, where she was awarded the Dean’s Distinguished Award for Pro Bono Service for her efforts with Memphis Area Legal Services. She is an active member of the Knoxville Bar Association, Tennessee Bar Association, and ETLAW.

COURTNEY READ
Membership Committee Chair

Courtney Epps Read is a partner with Watson, Roach, Batson & Lauderback P.L.C., practicing in the areas of governmental tort liability defense litigation, healthcare liability defense litigation, employment defense litigation, and real estate broker defense litigation. She graduated cum laude with a B.A. in politics from Wake Forest University in 2007. Courtney received her J.D. from the Wake Forest University Law School in 2010.

In addition to serving on the board of ETLAW, Courtney currently serves as co-chair of the Knoxville Bar Association Functions Committee, an interviewer for the Tennessee Board of Law Examiners, and a member of the development committee for the Tennessee Theatre. Courtney is also a graduate of the Tennessee Bar Association Leadership Law Class of 2019 and a past president of Nucleus Knoxville. Courtney and her husband, Josh, can be found running, snow skiing, hiking, wakeboarding, and traveling when not otherwise working.

BIANCA WHITE
Community Outreach Chair

Bianca White is an assistant professor of law and assessment librarian at Lincoln Memorial University’s Duncan School of Law. Bianca teachers courses in legal research, bar skills, and labor and employment law. Additionally, she has worked with law libraries as a legal research attorney since 2011. Prior to this experience, she worked as a labor and employment attorney.

Bianca graduated cum laude and with honors from University of Memphis School of Law. Since law school Bianca also graduated summa cum laude with her M.B.A and summa cum laude from the University of Tennessee with a Masters in Information Science.

Bianca maintains an active law license in Tennessee and is a member of the American Bar Association and the Knoxville Bar Association. She has presented CLEs on a number of topics from legal research to discovery.

ADDITIONAL COMMITTEE MEMBERS/CO-CHAIRS

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ALLISON JACKSON
Programming Committee Member

Allison Jackson is a sharheholder at Egerton McAfee, Armistead & Davis, where she practices labor and employment law, business litigation, commercial litigation, and general civil litigation. Allison joined the firm as an experienced associate litigator, having represented individuals and businesses in both state and federal courts throughout East Tennessee. Allison now assists her clients with a range of labor and employment and dispute resolution-related matters, including providing legal counsel to avoid and resolve anticipated or existing employment-related concerns and business and commercial issues, assisting with the maintenance and enforcement of rights, and handling the prosecution and defense of civil cases.

Allison graduated cum laude from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville with a B.A. in political science with a concentration in public administration. She earned her J.D. from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, where she graduated cum laude with a concentration in advocacy and dispute resolution. While a student at the College of Law, Allison earned Certificates of Academic Excellence in Business Associations, Pretrial Litigation, and Interviewing and Counseling. She also served as a student materials editor for the Tennessee Law Review and as a student-attorney for the University of Tennessee Legal Clinic.

Allison is active in a number of additional professional and community organizations, including the Tennessee and Knoxville Bar associations, Nucleus Knoxville, Young Professionals of Knoxville, the Alpha Delta Pi Alumnae Association, and Sacred Heart Cathedral. She and her husband reside in Knoxville along with their two sons and two Labrador Retrievers.

KATIE JONES
Programming Committee Member

Professor Katie Tolliver Jones joined the Lincoln Memorial University Duncan School of Law (LMU Law) in August of 2017. Before joining the faculty of LMU Law, Professor Jones worked at the law firm of Holbrook, Peterson, Smith, PLLC in Knoxville, Tennessee. While at the firm, she focused on estate planning and civil litigation.

In 2010 Professor 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. Professor Jones represented clients in administrative proceedings, negotiated settlements with the IRS, 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 and taught continuing legal education seminars. Professor Jones worked for the Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands for a total of 10 years, having begun as a volunteer and law clerk.

Professor Jones grew up in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, and completed her undergraduate studies at The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She graduated with honors in political science and sociology with a minor in social and economic justice.

Professor Jones earned her J.D. at the University of Tennessee College of Law. During law school, she received authorization from the IRS to represent clients in administrative hearings and litigation. She was also licensed as a student attorney by the Tennessee Supreme Court to handle other types of cases. She represented clients in the domestic violence clinic and the education law practicum and served on the Tennessee Law Review.

Professor Jones enjoys legal writing and strives to help students use their individual strengths to succeed and develop the skills needed to practice law.

In her spare time, Professor Jones volunteers for community organizations and enjoys hiking, reading, cooking, Tar Heels basketball, and travelling. She is fluent in conversational and written Spanish.

CHRISTINA MAGRÁNS-TILLERY
Corporate Compliance Committee Member

 

Christina Magráns-Tillery is a staff attorney with the City of Knoxville Law Department where her work focuses on litigation and municipal legislation relating to zoning and land use including issues related to the Fair Housing Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act. She also serves as the advising attorney for the City’s Plans Review and Building Inspections Department and Economic and Community Development. She received her J.D. from the University of Tennessee College of Law and her B.A. in Economics, Spanish, and Latin from Rhodes College in Memphis. During law school, Ms. Magráns-Tillery clerked with the Legal Aid Society in Oak Ridge and became a published member of the University of Tennessee’s Journal of Race, Gender, and Social Justice. After graduating, Ms. Magráns-Tillery served as the Pro Bono Coordinator for the Supreme Court Access to Justice Commission where she worked to help establish legal resources for low-income Tennesseans statewide. From 2014 to 2018, she was a staff attorney with Legal Aid of East Tennessee where her work focused on housing discrimination under the Fair Housing Act and the Violence Against Women Act. For this work, she received the Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services New Advocate of the Year Award in 2017. During her time with Legal Aid, she also served as the John L. Attorney for the Mountain View Youth Development Center where she advised the incarcerated youth on a variety of matters including civil rights, due process, and sentencing issues. She has presented on housing law many times to groups including the Knoxville Community Development Corporation, the City of Knoxville, the NAACP, the Tennessee Valley Coalition for the Homeless, the Maryville Housing Authority, the Sevier County Bar Association, and the Blount County Bar Association. Ms. Magráns-Tillery is a member of the Equality Coalition for Housing Opportunities (ECHO) board, the Knoxville Bar Association, and its Diversity Committee. She currently resides in Knoxville with her husband and their four rescue dogs.

PAST PRESIDENTS OF ETLAW

ETLAW is fortunate to have benefited from the leadership of numerous accomplished attorneys, who are listed below.  Prior to 2009, terms on the ETLAW Board of Directors followed the fiscal year.  Now, the Board of Director terms are on the calendar year, with elections held at the Annual Meeting in December.

2021: Allison Jackson

2020: Katie Logan Waldrop

2019: Elizabeth Carroll

2018: Loretta Cravens

2017: Alyssa Minge

2016: Catherine Anglin

2015: Laurie Ball

2014: Jamie Ballinger-Holden

2013: Rebecca Franklin

2012: Terry Woods

2011: Karen Crutchfield

2010: Wynne Caffey

2009: Deb House

2007-08: Justice Sharon Lee

2006-07: Morna McHargue Erwin

2005-06: Heather Anderson

2004-05: Heather Anderson

2003-04

2002-03: Sharon Frankenberg

2001-02: Nanette Landon

2000-01: Elaine Burke

1999-2000: Victoria Bowling

1998-99: Bridget Bailey

1997-98: Ginny Schwamm

1996-97: Lucinda Albiston

 

1995-96: Sally Lighter

1994-95: Dania Leatherman

1993-94: Sharon Frankenberg

1992-93

1991-92: Wanda Sobieski

1989-90: Wanda Sobieski

1988-89: Kitty Grubb

1987-88: Margaret Klein

1986-87

1985-86: Margaret Klein

1984-85: Patty Wheeler

1983-84: Patty Wheeler