January 21, 2015 – Knoxville, Tennessee— Lincoln Memorial University-John J. Duncan School of Law (LMU-DSOL) alumna Ivy Gardner, of Crossville, was appointed Crossville City Judge earlier this month.
“This is another wonderful rite of passage for our institution. It is a tremendous honor to have representation on the bench from our alumni ranks,” Interim Dean and Vice President Parham Williams said. “Ms. Gardner is a wonderful ambassador for the LMU-Duncan School of Law. She was very involved as a student and it comes as no surprise to any of us that she has excelled in her career.”
Gardner was selected from a pool of nine candidates following just two rounds of balloting. She was sworn into her new position by Crossville Mayor James Mayberry during the January 13, 2015, City Council meeting. The City Judge hears City of Crossville traffic violation cases as well as code enforcement cases. Gardner will hear her first docket on January 27. She will also be responsible for swearing in new City of Crossville Police Department officers and will work closely with the law enforcement in the city.
Gardner is a member of LMU-DSOL’s inaugural class which graduated in May 2013. She passed the Tennessee bar exam in July 2013 and was licensed to practice law that same year. She opened a private law practice in Crossville in December 2013. In a little over a year, Gardner has built a successful general law practice which includes criminal, family law, wills and estates and appellate work.
“I always wanted to return to my hometown of Crossville and make a positive impact within the legal community,” Gardner said. “I hope to continue to help the citizens of Cumberland County with their legal needs as I continue to practice outside of my duties as City Judge.”
Gardner was an active student leader at LMU-DSOL. She founded the Women of the Law Society, served as a senator on the Student Bar Association and worked as a research assistant for faculty and staff. She served as president and vice president of LMU-DSOL’s inaugural Moot Court Board, earning two writing awards at national competitions. Gardner interned with the Cumberland County General Sessions Court Judge Larry Warner and Boston & Poore, Attorneys at Law while attending law school. She had the rare opportunity, as a law student, to present an oral argument before the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals while she interned with the 13th Judicial District Public Defender’s Office.
Gardner is a graduate of Cumberland County High School. She earned a bachelor’s degree in business and a master’s in business administration from Cumberland University.
The Lincoln Memorial University-Duncan School of Law (LMU-DSOL) 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.