PROFESSIONAL PROFILE
Amy Williams
P.O. Box 1178
Elizabethton, TN 37644-1178
Work Phone: (423)213-2474
Fax Phone: (423)213-5191
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University of Tennessee College of Law Knoxville, Tennessee J.D., May 2013, Advocacy Concentration GPA: 3.39/4.3 (Honors) Editor-in-Chief, TN Journal of Law and Policy Member, Jessup International Law Moot Court Team Diversity Leadership Institute, 2011/2012 Northeast State Community College Blountville, Tennessee Nonprofit Professional Certification, 2009 University of Wyoming Laramie, Wyoming M.A., summa cum laude, in Cultural Anthropology, December 1997 GPA: 4.0/4.0 Recipient of Best Graduate Thesis Award University of Tennessee Knoxville, Tennessee B.A. in Psychology and B.A. in Anthropology, cum laude, May 1992 GPA: 3.64/4.0 Experience University of Tennessee Advocacy Clinic University of TN College of Law Student Attorney, August 2012 to December 2012 Under supervision, represented indigent clients in various matters, including housing/eviction issues and juvenile criminal defense Professor Wendy Bach University of TN College of Law Research Assistant, May 2011-May 2013 Located and summarized books and scholarly articles on the War on Poverty, specifically the concept of maximum feasible participation of the poor and the fate of Community Action Programs Chancellor E.G. Moody, 2nd Judicial District Sullivan County, TN Law Clerk, May-August 2012 Researched a multitude of legal issues; wrote memos; suggested changes for the Local Rules and worked with Chancellor to implement these changes; created new agreement between CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) and the Chancery Courts of Sullivan County, TN to extend service to these courts United States Attorney Johnson City/Greeneville, TN Summer Intern, May-July 2011 Drafted plea agreements, observed court proceedings, participated in seminars on aspects of the U.S. Attorney’s Office, conducted research for attorneys Tennessee Journal of Law and Policy University of TN College of Law Editor-in-Chief, April 2012-May 2013 Reviewed resumes and selected students for board positions; decided on candidacy deadline dates and publication dates; conducted informational meetings for prospective candidates; oversaw candidacy process; approved articles; conducted final edits of contracted works and communicated with authors; conducted monthly board meetings; conducted monthly staff meetings and ensured timely receipt of stack checks; ensured timely publication of journal issues Symposium Editor, April 2011-April 2012 Worked with faculty advisor Prof. Penny White in planning and running annual TJLP/Summers-Wyatt Symposium, including organizing CLE credit and helping to create panel titles and topics; organized transportation and arrangements for nationally-known speakers Student Editor, April 2010-April 2011 Diversity Leadership Institute Tennessee Bar Association January-June, 2012 One of 17 law students chosen from across the state to participate; explored issues including diversity in the legal community, communication skills, conflict resolution and public trust and confidence in the judicial system; learned leadership skills; attended diversity-related CLE programs; corresponded regularly with assigned lawyer/mentor; attended TBA annual conference and completed public service project for Memphis Boys and Girls Club Summer Abroad Program at Charles University, Prague U. of San Francisco Law School July 10-31, 2011 Completed courses in International Children’s Rights and European Union Economic Law (3.0 hours credit) CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) for Kids, Inc. Kingsport/Bristol, Tennessee Program Coordinator/Director, June 2002-August 2010 Independently oversaw Bristol satellite office, providing service to two courts and three judges. Recruited, interviewed, screened and trained all volunteers for entire program (Kingsport, Bristol, Hawkins counties). Taught regular volunteer training classes on poverty, domestic violence, substance abuse and advocacy, and taught local seminars on poverty to various service organizations and graduate classes at ETSU. Verbally advocated for the best interests of children during court proceedings. Explained court proceedings, orders, and requirements to families. Provided ongoing consultation and community referral services to families and volunteers. Developed written reports to the juvenile court judges including detailed investigation notes, summary and recommendations on individual cases. Wrote, submitted and oversaw federal VOCA grant; wrote and pursued grants from various other sources. Compiled service data for entire agency on monthly, quarterly, biannual and yearly schedule, and provided reports to executive director to be used in grant applications and reports to federal and state government. Supervised pool of 20-25 volunteers, one paid staff member, and more than 50 cases at a time. Organized and taught in-service training sessions for volunteers and community agencies. Gave presentations to community groups and talks on local television/radio programs regarding CASA. Florida Council Against Sexual Violence Tallahassee, Florida Program Coordinator and Research Specialist, Training and Technical Assistance Department, Oct. 2000-Dec. 2001 Assisted the Director of Training and Technical Assistance in setting up and facilitating trainings for sexual assault crisis centers across the state of Florida. Provided research and technical assistance as requested to all crisis centers in Florida. Researched and wrote articles for agency newsletter. Maintained agency reference library. Coordinated annual statewide training conference. Awards, Training & Leadership Positions Awarded the Patricia Snyder Lambda Legal Society Endowment Scholarship two years in a row (2011/2012 and 2012/20130) Earned top honors for number of Pro Bono hours performed during school (over 75) Created new UT Law pro bono project in which law students give “Know Your Rights” presentations to area high school Gay-Straight Alliance clubs (Summer and Fall 2012; Spring 2013) Elected Symposium Editor, TN Journal of Law and Policy, April 2011 Wrote onto TN Journal of Law and Policy during first year of law school (Spring 2011) Volunteer Instructor, CASA of Northeast TN, Knoxville, TN (Spring 2011 through Fall 2012-taught citizen volunteers how to advocate for abused/neglected children in the juvenile court system) Applied for and accepted on board of Speaker Series, UTK College of Law, Summer 2011 Elected as secretary for Lambda Law Society, UTK College of Law, Fall 2011 Put together a four-person panel entitled “Does Religion Provide a ‘License to Bully?”, in response to proposed TN legislation-panel consisted of two UTK College of Law professors, a member of the Tennessee Equality Project, and the coordinator of the University of Tennessee’s OUTReach Center, and drew over 100 participants, was covered by local television news and the local newspaper, and was the best-attended student-sponsored academic event of the school year Sponsored a program in which a transgendered UT counseling student gave a presentation on how to be an ally to the LGBTQI community Participated in Alternative Spring Break doing legal research for attorneys in two Legal Aid offices in East TN (2011 and 2012) Participated in Homeless Pro Bono Project (Fall 2011) Participated in Saturday Bar at Legal Aid; Certificate for Recognition of Service to the Community from Mayor Margaret Feierabend (Bristol, TN, 2010) Selected to teach a self-developed seminar on working with families in poverty at the annual National CASA Convention (Denver, 2009) Sexual Assault Response Center, Volunteer of the Year Award (Johnson City, 2005) Completed Pew Foundation’s Leadership Plenty facilitator training; Bristol Organizations, President and Vice President Children’s Advocacy Council, Chair; Foster Care Review Board, Chair Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth’s Regional Advocacy Council, Chair; Sullivan County Teen Pregnancy Prevention Council, Member

Additional Information

TBA Membership Status: Member : 2014 - 2015
Legal Education: Tennessee College of Law
Year Licensed: 2013
Year Licensed in Tennessee: 2013
Section Membership(s): Young Lawyers Division, TBA Members, Diversity Leadership Institute Class of 2012
Practice Areas/Areas of Interest: Alternative Dispute Resolution, Civil Rights, Education, Family Law, Juvenile Law, Litigation - General Civil Practice