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Sarah Sheppeard Elected to Become Tennessee Bar Association President in 2019

Our very own Sarah Sheppeard was elected to become the Tennessee Bar Association President in 2019. Sarah will assume the role of vice president this summer at the convention in Kingsport. She will serve as president elect during Lewis Thomason’s Jason Pannu’s year as Tennessee Bar Association President. Sarah will be the fifth Lewis Thomason lawyer to serve as Tennessee Bar Association President, following in the footsteps of Al Harvey, John Tarpley, Bill Haltom and Jason Pannu.

We congratulate Sarah on her upcoming election and we look forward to the Jason Pannu administration followed by the Sheppeard administration.

Sarah SheppeardSarah Y. Sheppeard, is a shareholder and a Supreme Court Rule 31 Mediator, in the firm’s Knoxville office. Sarah practices in the areas of domestic relations, estates, commercial law and general civil litigation. She 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, was previously a member of the Tennessee Law Review, and has chaired the Tennessee Bar Association Litigation Section and CLE Committee. A past-president of the Knoxville Bar Association, she is a Fellow in the Knoxville, Tennessee and American Bar Foundations and the Fellows of the Tennessee Young Lawyers Conference. She served on the Advisory Commission to the Tennessee Supreme Court on Rules of Practice and Procedure.  She is certified as a Rule 31 Mediator by the Tennessee Supreme Court and is Chancellor [legal counsel] of the Episcopal Diocese of East Tennessee. She received the Tennessee Bar Association’s President’s Award in 2010. In 2014, she was presented with the Knoxville Bar Association’s highest honor, the Governors’ Award.