Assistant Professor of Law
B.S., Louisiana State University, cum laude
J.D., University of Tennessee, magna cum laude
Professor Wingerter is a New Orleans native who moved to Knoxville in 2009 to attend the University of Tennessee College of Law, where she graduated magna cum laude with a concentration in Advocacy & Dispute Resolution. After graduation, she served for three years as a judicial clerk to the Honorable Gary R. Wade on the Tennessee Supreme Court.
During law school, Wingerter’s courses and externships focused on criminal defense, appellate advocacy, and public interests. Wingerter was a founding member of the Tennessee Journal for Race, Gender & Social Justice, where she also served as an articles editor. She worked as a Teaching Assistant in two legal writing classes and as a Graduate Research Assistant to Penny J. White, E.E. Overton Distinguished Professor of Law, and Director of the Center for Advocacy & Dispute Resolution. As a second-year student, Wingerter co-presented a Continuing Legal Education seminar on Evidence for the Louisiana Judicial College, and a Symposium Review on the role of guardians ad litem for the Tennessee Journal of Law & Policy. She also received the International Academy of Trial Lawyers Student Advocacy Award and the Cunningham Excellence in Legal Research Award.
Prior to law school, Wingerter clerked for a multi-state civil litigation firm and the 22nd Judicial District Court in Covington, Louisiana. She received a B.S. degree from Louisiana State University.
Wingerter strives to provide her students with practical advice while achieving substantive course objectives. She appreciates the unique qualities and perspectives of each of her students, encouraging individual meetings to address their specific questions and concerns as needed. Serving as a mentor in the Knoxville legal community, Wingerter is dedicated to the development of new lawyers and believes that a meaningful combination of experiential and academic skills must be cultivated as early as a student’s first semester of law school. When she is not preparing for class or meeting with students, Wingerter enjoys camping, hiking, kayaking, or otherwise relaxing somewhere in East Tennessee, often with her two dogs underfoot.