Allison Jackson is an associate 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.
Dr. Kathryn Ellis joined Legal Aid of East Tennessee’s (LAET) Knoxville office in March 2012 with a primary area of practice in domestic violence (Orders of Protection and divorces). In July 2016, Dr. Ellis became the Pro Bono director for LAET’s Knoxville area offices and is 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 currently 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.
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 running secretary for ETLAW, 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.
Courtney Walker is an associate at Hodges, Doughty and Carson, where she practices governmental and legislative law, bankruptcy law, financial institution representation, business litigation and general civil 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 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.
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.
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.
ETLAW Membership 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.
ETLAW Community Outreach Chair
Maha Ayesh joined the Lincoln Memorial Duncan School of Law in 2020 as its director of experiential learning and assistant professor. Prior to that, she practiced with Jennifer Morton Law, PLLC, in Knoxville, Tennessee, for many years, focusing on plaintiff-side employment law and civil rights litigation. Maha also served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Joseph M. Tipton, Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals, from 2006-2008. In 2011, Maha was awarded a U.S. Fulbright grant to travel to Jordan and work on a project related to human trafficking, forced labor, and the rights of migrant domestic workers. Maha graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Law with Highest Honors in 2006 and was named Outstanding Graduate of her class. She is admitted to practice law in Tennessee state courts, the federal District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee, and the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. She is a Knoxville Bar Association (KBA) and Tennessee Bar Association (TBA) member and currently serves on the board of the Tennessee Employment Lawyers Association (TENNELA) and the TBA Labor and Employment Committee Executive Council. She is also a long-time board member of the Muslim Community of Knoxville.
ADDITIONAL COMMITTEE MEMBERS/CO-CHAIRS
Programming Committee Member
Elizabeth Carroll recently joined the Office of the General Counsel at TVA, serving as an attorney in the employment law group. Prior to her current position, she served for over 11 years as executive director of a local nonprofit organization. In that role she directed the executive, legal, contracts, HR, accounting, IT, and programming departments. Elizabeth graduated from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, with a bachelor’s degree in social work and a law degree. Elizabeth brings years of experience to ETLAW, having practiced law in Memphis, Nashville, and Knoxville prior to her most current roles. She has also served and/or held leadership roles in a wide variety of organizations including the Knoxville Bar Association, Memphis Bar Association, Community Legal Center of Shelby County, Knoxville Habitat for Humanity, Rotary Club International, and ETLAW. She is a graduate of Introduction Knoxville (2013), The UT Consortium for Social Enterprise Effectiveness (2015), Leadership Knoxville (2016), TBALL (2017), and the East Tennessee Regional Leadership class (2018), and she currently serves at Lincoln Memorial University’s Duncan School of Law as an adjunct professor.
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.
Membership Committee Member
Andi Anderson is an attorney with Holbrook Peterson Smith. She is a member of the American, Tennessee, South Carolina, and Knoxville Bar associations. She is a member of the American Bar Association’s Section of Taxation.
While attending the University of Tennessee College of Law, Andi served as president of Phi Alpha Delta legal fraternity and received special orders from the IRS to practice as a student attorney in the Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands’ Low Income Taxpayer Clinic, where she represented clients in tax controversy matters.
Andi attended Georgetown University Law Center, where she earned both a Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Taxation and a Certificate in Employee Benefits, the latter being an official recognition of her mastery of the law and taxation of retirement plans, executive compensation, and benefits planning.
In her spare time, Andi enjoys relaxing with a good book and a cup of coffee and exercising with her husband, Matt, and their dog, Benny.
Community Outreach Member
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.
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.
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
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
1991-92: Wanda Sobieski
1989-90: Wanda Sobieski
1988-89: Kitty Grubb
1987-88: Margaret Klein
1985-86: Margaret Klein
1984-85: Patty Wheeler
1983-84: Patty Wheeler