Sarah Sheppeard to Take Office as TBA Vice President

Lewis Thomason Shareholder to Lead the Association in 2019-2020

NASHVILLE, June 14, 2017 — Knoxville attorney Sarah Y. Sheppeard will take office as vice president of the Tennessee Bar Association (TBA) at the group’s annual convention this week in Kingsport. Sheppeard was elected to the office by TBA members earlier this year and will assume the presidency in 2019.
“I am honored to have the opportunity to serve in this office and to be part of the TBA leadership team,” Sheppeard said.
Sheppeard is a shareholder with Lewis Thomason in Knoxville with more than 37 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 2017 TBA Annual Convention will be held June 14-17 at the MeadowView Marriott Resort. Taking office along with Sheppeard will be President Lucian Pera of Adams and Reese LLP in Memphis and President-Elect Jason Pannu of Lewis Thomason in Nashville. 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.
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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.