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Sarah Sheppeard takes office as TBA president-elect

NASHVILLE, TN — Knoxville attorney Sarah Y. Sheppeard took office as president-elect of the Tennessee Bar Association (TBA) at the group’s annual convention last week in Memphis. After serving a year as president-elect, Sheppeard will lead the association as president beginning in 2019.

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Sarah Y. Sheppeard, new president-elect of TBA - Image courtesy of

“The Tennessee Bar Association plays a significant role in supporting its members, the judicial system and the legal needs of the public,” Sheppeard said. “I am honored to have been elected to this leadership role and I look forward to serving, continuing the TBA’s good work, and guiding the organization into the future.”

Sheppeard is a shareholder with Lewis Thomason in Knoxville with more than 38 years of legal experience. She graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 1979 and prior to joining Lewis Thomason was a founding member of the Knoxville firm Sheppeard and Mynatt, P .L.C.

Active in the TBA for many years, Sheppeard has served on the association’s Board of Governors since 2014, and has also previously served as chair of the Litigation Section and CLE Committee. She is a Tennessee Bar Foundation Fellow, a TBA Young Lawyers Division Fellow and received the Tennessee Bar Association’s President’s Award in 2010.

Sheppeard has been a lecturer with the Tennessee Law Institute since 1988. She was chair of the Tennessee Judicial Evaluation Commission, was for 15 years an adjunct professor at the University of Tennessee College of Law, and was previously a member of the Tennessee Law Review. A past-president of the Knoxville Bar Association, she is a Fellow in the Knoxville and American Bar Foundations. Sheppeard served on the Advisory Commission to the Tennessee Supreme Court on Rules of Practice and Procedure. In 2014, she was presented with the Knoxville Bar Association’s highest honor, the Governors’ Award.

The 2018 TBA Annual Convention was held June 13-16 at The Peabody in Memphis. Taking office along with Sheppeard were President Jason Pannu of Lewis Thomason in Nashville and Michelle Greenway Sellers of Rainey Kizer Reviere & Bell PLC in Jackson. The annual meeting allows legal groups in the state to address common issues and concerns and offers opportunities for additional education, long-range planning, and recognition of attorneys who have performed outstanding legal work and community service.

The Tennessee Bar Association (TBA) is the largest professional association in Tennessee with more than 13,000 members. Founded in 1881, the TBA provides opportunities for continuing legal education, professional development and public service. The TBA's dedication to serving the state's legal community is evidenced by its membership roll, which represents the entire spectrum of legal practice: plaintiff and defense lawyers, corporate counsel, judges, prosecutors, public defenders, government lawyers and legal services attorneys.

Published June 19, 2018

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