Associate Dean for Academics and Assistant Professor of Law
B.A., Lincoln Memorial University
J.D., Samford University Cumberland School of Law
Associate Dean April Meldrum is the Associate Dean for Academics and Assistant Professor of Law. Prior to joining DSOL, Dean Meldrum practiced as a trial attorney for nine (9) years, focusing her practice in the areas of personal injury, domestic relations, juvenile law and social security disability, before she was elected as the Anderson County Tennessee Juvenile Court Judge in 2006. As the Juvenile Court Judge, Dean Meldrum instituted the Campus Court, an educational collaboration with the local education associations, district attorney’s office and the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services, earning her recognition by the Anderson County School Board and the Department of Children’s Services. Dean Meldrum has been named as the YWCA Woman of the Year and has served on many community agency advisory boards. Dean Meldrum has been a member of the National Juvenile & Family Court Judges Association, the Tennessee Juvenile & Family Court Association (TJFCA) and served as Secretary of the Legislative Committee of TJFCA. Dean Meldrum has a B.A. in English and an AA.in Business Administration from Lincoln Memorial University, where she was on the Dean’s List and was a charter member of the Sigma Tau Delta-English Honorary Society. Dean Meldrum earned her J.D. from Samford University, Cumberland School of Law, where she was on the Dean’s List and was the President of the Tennessee Student Bar Association. Dean Meldrum is admitted to the Tennessee Bar, the Tennessee Supreme Court, the United States Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.