October 17, 2013 – Knoxville, Tennessee — The Lincoln Memorial University-John J. Duncan, Jr., School of Law (LMU-DSOL) will welcome Tennessee Court of Appeals Judge Thomas R. Frierson, II back to its courtroom for the latest installment of its professionalism speaker series Thursday, October 17.
Frierson will present a talk entitled “Ethical Considerations for the Practice of Law: An Anchor of Civility in Changing and Uncertain Waters” to LMU-DSOL students and alumni. The professionalism series features experienced judges and practicing attorneys on ethical and professionalism issues students may encounter later in their careers. Typically, three to four speakers present each semester.
With 23 years of experience on the bench, Frierson has spent over two-thirds of his career as a judge. He was appointed to the Tennessee Court of Appeals by Governor Bill Haslam in February 2013. Prior to his appointment, Frierson served as the Third Judicial District Chancellor, a Hamblen County General Sessions Judge and a Morristown Municipal Court Judge. His career began in private practice for the firm of Bacon, Dugger, Jessee and Perkins.
Frierson earned his J.D. from the University of Tennessee School of Law in 1983. He also earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Tennessee. In 2000 he was named the ABOTA Trial Judge of the Year and served as president of the Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association from 2007-2009. He is a member of the Tennessee Bar Foundation and served as president of the Tennessee Judicial Conference 2010-2011. He is a member of the Tennessee Bar Association and chair of the Tennessee Judicial Family Institute.
The Tennessee Court of Appeals Eastern Section held a docket day at LMU-DSOL on October 9, 2013. During the session presiding judge Charles Susano and associate judges Frierson, D. Michael Swiney and John W. McClarty heard oral arguments in four cases on the Knoxville docket. Additionally, the judges spent time answering questions from LMU-DSOL students over lunch and held a special question and answer session including the trial lawyers after the docket.
The professionalism series will wrap up for the semester with a presentation by Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Sharon Lee on November 18, 2013. Lee will discuss professionalism road blocks for young lawyers. The professionalism series is coordinated by LMU-DSOL Dean of Students and Assistant Professor of Law Laura Hash.
The Lincoln Memorial University-Duncan School of Law is located in Knoxville’s Historic Old City Hall Building. LMU-DSOL 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-DSOL, call 1-800-325-0900, ext. 5303 or visit us online at www.lmunet.edu/law.
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