Elizabeth R McClellan: Lawyer, Poet, Editor, Occasional Loudmouth


Legal Career

Elizabeth R. McClellan is a public service attorney in upper East Tennessee focusing on domestic violence litigation. Ms. McClellan was admitted to practice in the State of Tennessee in 2012 and in the United States Federal Court, Middle District of Tennessee, in 2013. Ms. McClellan was honored by the Tennessee Supreme Court as a 2016 Attorney for Justice due to her pro bono work on both domestic violence and restoration of felon citizenship.

Ms. McClellan holds a J.D., awarded cum laude in 2012, from the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law. In her undergraduate career, she received her B.S. in Professional Studies from Austin Peay State University in 2008; her A.S. in Paralegal Studies, cum laude, from Volunteer State Community College in 2007; and her A.A. in English from Volunteer State Community College in 2005. While a paralegal studies student, Ms. McClellan helped reinstitute the defunct Student Paralegal Association by instituting it as the college’s first primarily online student organization (allowing membership and participation by both traditional and night school students) and served as the SPA president from 2006–07.

Ms. McClellan is a member of the Tennessee Bar Associationand the Washington County Bar Association.

Ms. McClellan won the 2010 Terasem Society student legal writing competition for her paper, Out of the Chinese Room, Into the Courtroom: Personhood, Rights, Duties and the Conscious Computer (Journal of Personal Cyberconsciousness, Summer 2011). The paper was later presented to the Sixth Annual Colloquium on the Rights of Futuristic Persons in December 2010; and at Wiscon 35 on its academic track.

As a law student, Ms. McClellan was a member of the University of Memphis Law Review from 2010–2012. She served as an Articles Editor for Vol. 42 of the Law Review from 2011–2012. She was inducted into the Phi Kappa Phi Honors Society in 2011. Ms. McClellan, an active member of the Public Action Law Society, was the 2011 Co-Captain of the Non-Profit Advocacy Track for the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law Alternative Spring Break Non-Profit Advocacy Track, working with Memphis-area adult literacy nonprofit Literacy MidSouth. For the 2012 Alternative Spring Break program, Ms. McClellan was Team Captain for the Legislation – Mental Health Law Track, working on sample legislation seeking a higher standard of review for involuntary commitments. For the 2010–11 and 2011–12 school years, Ms. McClellan received the Dean’s Distinguished Service Award, sponsored by the Public Action Law Society and the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law to honor students who do considerable amounts of pro bono legal services as law students. Ms. McClellan was one of the Top 10 Oral Advocates in the law school’s 2010 Advanced Moot Court Competition. From 2010–12, Ms. McClellan served as the Communications Chair for the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law BLSA, Benjamin C. Hooks Chapter. Ms. McClellan received three CALI Excellence For the Future Awards as a law student, for Admiralty, 2012; Mental Health Law, 2011; and Property I, 2009.