Lewis Thomason Summer Associates

Lewis Thomason Welcomes Summer Associates.

The Knoxville office welcomes Darrius Dixon, Emma Knapp, Peyton Ritchie, and Grant Carringer

Former women’s rugby player and coach, Emma Knapp is a rising third year student at the University of Tennessee College of Law. She’s originally from the State of Washington where her parents and family still live. Emma received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, summa cum laude, from Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri. Following college Emma was selected for Teach for America where she taught in the Shelby County (TN) Schools for two years before starting law school. In addition to crushing her legal studies, Emma serves in her “spare time” as the Acquisitions Editor for the Tennessee Law Review and the Symposium Editor for the Tennessee Journal of Race, Gender & Social Justice. Emma recently learned that her article entitled School Choice in Tennessee: A violation of the State Constitutional Right to a Substantially Equal Education, has been selected for publication by the Lincoln Memorial University Law Review in August 2021. Emma is the recipient of UT’s Susan B. Anthony Scholarship for academic achievement and commitment to the promotion of women’s issues.

Musician, cook, and general man-about-town, Darrius Dixon, is also a rising third year student at the University of Tennessee College of Law. Darrius earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Middle Tennessee State University in Criminal Justice and Homeland Security, along with an A.A.S. degree in Public Safety and Law Enforcement from the Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy at Walters State Community College. Among his many other experiences, while Darrius was in undergraduate school he also served as both a Police Officer in the MTSU Police Department and as a Game Day Music Performer for the Tennessee Titans NFL Football Team. Darrius recently completed an internship with the Tennessee Valley Authority, and he serves as both Co-chair of the UT Law’s Student Wellness Committee and as Vice President of UT’s Student Bar Association.

In addition to her studies, Peyton Faulkner Ritchie is not only also artistically inclined with a love for, dance, piano, and oil painting, she is a gifted golfer who has served as an Assistant Golf Professional at Tellico Village near her hometown of Lenoir City, Tennessee. Before starting law school Peyton earned two separate bachelor’s degrees at the University of Tennessee. In 2014 she completed her first B.A. as a Vol with a degree in Philosophy, summa cum laude.  That effort was followed in 2020 with another Tennessee B.A., also summa cum laude, but this time in Linguistics. Peyton is extremely active at UT Law in Law Women, the Black Law Students Association and in the Haslam College of Business Leadership Development Program.

Last, and certainly not least, is Grant Carringer, who actually is also an alum of Lewis Thomason. Following years of work in one of Knoxville’s most outstanding restaurants, Grant decided to return to college. While obtaining his Bachelor of Science degree in Legal Studies from South College, summa cum laude, Grant also pursued and obtained his ABA approved Associate of Science Degree in Paralegal Studies. During that course of study, Grant worked at LT as a Paralegal Intern under the direction of our own Julie May. Grant is very active at UT Law where he is a member of Phi Alpha Delta, UT Pro Bono and the Federalist Society. In his “spare time”, Grant and his wife are raising their eleven-year-old son, Carter.

The Memphis office welcomes Rachel McCallister and Jueden Kebede.

Rachel McCallister is a rising 3L at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law where she ranked in the top 1%. She is the recipient of the Herbert Herff Presidential Law Scholarship and the U.S. Custom House Scholarship and on staff for Volume 51 of The University of Memphis Law Review. During law school she was a research assistant to Professor Black and an Extern at the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. 

Juedon Kebede is also a rising 3L at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law where he was the recipient of the Unity in Diversity Endowed Scholarship, Memphis Access & Diversity Scholarship, and the Kathy & J.W. Gibson Scholarship. He is the owner of Bright Minds Academy, and prior to law school was a kindergarten teacher at KIPP Preparatory Elementary in Memphis.

The Nashville office welcomes Darrell Freeman, Sarah Hanks, Richmond Hall and Logan Punch.

Darrell Freeman is a rising 3L from the University of Tennessee College of Law where he is a member of the Black Law Student Association and has been the Class Representative for the Student Law Association each year. Darrell graduated from Middle Tennessee State University where he majored in Finance and was a member of their Division I Baseball team. 

Sarah Hanks is a rising 2L at the University of Calgary Faculty of Law. She graduated from the University of Kentucky magna cum Laude where she majored in Management and Marketing. 

Richmond Hall is a rising 3L at Belmont University College of Law where he is a member of the Belmont Law Review and American Inn of Court. Richmond graduated from the University of Tennessee with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, summa cum laude with a major in Business Analytics and Supply Chain Management.

Logan Punch is a rising 2L at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law where he was the recipient of the C. Cleveland Drennon Jr. Memorial Scholarship. Logan graduated summa cum laude from the University of Tennessee where he played football for the Volunteers as a Long Snapper/Offensive Lineman. He majored in Business Management and was a member of the all SEC Academic/Athletic Honor Roll.

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