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									January 2007



                            Legal Aid Society
                           Of Middle Tennessee And The Cumberlands

                                    Attorney Profiles
                                       Administration

Executive Director

        Ashley Wiltshire is a graduate of Washington and Lee University and 1972 graduate
of Vanderbilt University School of Law. He began working with the Legal Aid Society in
Nashville as a law clerk in 1970. He joined the staff as a Reginald Heber Smith Fellow in 1972.
He became managing attorney of the Family Law Section in 1974 and executive director in
1976. Before attending law school he earned a Master of Divinity from Union Theological
Seminary in New York and taught in Bangkok, Thailand. From 1988 to 1995, he was a lecturer
on law and religion at the Divinity School, Vanderbilt University. He received the national
Reginald Heber Smith Award in 1981. He is a Fellow of the Tennessee Bar Foundation and the
Nashville Bar Foundation. In 2006 the National Conference for Community and Justice of
Middle Tennessee announced that he was a Human Relations Award recipient. He and his wife
raise cattle on a farm in Houston County, Tennessee.

General Counsel

        Neil McBride is a 1970 graduate of the University of Virginia Law School. He
worked as a staff attorney with Ralph Nader in Washington, D. C. In 1972 he formed a
community-based public interest law firm in Tennessee’s Appalachian coal fields. In 1978
he founded and became the first director of Rural Legal Services of Tennessee, a position he
held until consolidation in 2002. He was lead counsel in a case before the Tennessee
Supreme Court that clarified the constitutional rights of natural parents in termination
proceedings. He teaches a clinical seminar on nonprofit corporations at the University of
Tennessee College of Law. He has conducted on-site evaluations of more than 80 legal aid
programs around the country. He is a Fellow of the Tennessee Bar Foundation, a member of
the Board of Directors of the Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services and an elected member
of the Tennessee Bar Association’s House of Delegates. In 2006 he was appointed to the
American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defense, the
ABA’s primary policy-setting body on issues related to legal assistance to the poor.

Assistant General Counsel

         David Kozlowski is a 1974 graduate of Vanderbilt University Law School. He was a
clinical instructor at the Vanderbilt Legal Clinic from 1975 to 1980, at which time he joined
the Legal Aid Society. In 2001 he worked with the Tennessee Justice Center, to assist on a
federal class action involving the Tennessee Medicaid Program. In 2002 he became
Assistant General Counsel to the Legal Aid Society. He has been lead counsel on some of
the most significant state and federal court decisions in Tennessee involving prisoner and
juvenile rights. He is the author of leading reference works on Tennessee unemployment
security law and chapters on juvenile and general sessions appeals in Tennessee Appellate
Practice and Tennessee Law of Children. He is a frequent presenter at local, state and



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national training events. He received the Tennessee Bar Association’s award as the Public
Service Attorney of the Year in 1998. He is a certified high school soccer referee.


                                C LARKS V I L L E O F F I C E

Managing Attorney

        Pat Mock is a 1979 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Law. She
joined the Legal Aid Society in 1984. She was formerly a student attorney with the
University of Tennessee Legal Clinic and an assistant professor of business law at Austin
Peay State University, Clarksville. In 2002, she received the Tennessee Alliance of Legal
Services’ B. Riney Green Award, for promoting collaboration among legal aid programs. She
is active in state bar affairs. She is a member of the Tennessee Supreme Court’s Advisory
Commission on Rules of Practice and Procedure and has served since 1997 as a member of
the Hearing Committee of the Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility. She is a
regular presenter at state and national trainings on trial practice and litigation.

Staff Attorneys

       Kevin Fowler is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University and a 1990
graduate of the University of North Carolina School of Law. Before joining the Legal Aid
Society in 1993, he worked in private practice and with Memphis Area Legal Services. He
represents clients in Clarksville and Murfreesboro. At MTSU he received the Norman L.
Parks Award in Political Science and at UNC he received the American Jurisprudence
Award for Torts.

       Claribel Rosado is a 1994 graduate of New York University and a 1997 graduate of
Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where she was a student advocate with Cardozo’s Bet
Tzedek Legal Services Clinic. Upon graduation she joined MFY Legal Services in New York
City, where she worked primarily in the field of Social Security Disability and Supplemental
Security Income. She then worked for seven years as a court attorney with the Housing Part of
the Civil Court of the City of New York, where she assisted pro se litigants with landlord
tenant cases. She served for several years as the secretary for the Housing Court Public Service
Projects Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York.


                                    COLUMBIA OFFICE

Managing Attorney

       David Kozlowski (See Administration, above.)


Staff Attorneys

        Joshua Decker attended undergraduate and law school at the University of
Chicago. He completed law school and joined the Legal Aid Society in 2006. At law school,
he worked with the Police Accountability Project of the Mandel Legal Aid clinic and was the
recipient of two law school grants for summer public interest internships. He was a law
clerk in Nashville with the U.S. Attorney’s Office and with the Federal Public Defender’s
Office. He speaks Spanish.



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        Karen Tolbert is a graduate of Dartmouth College and a 1997 graduate of the
University of Iowa College of Law. At law school, she was an advocate for a rape victim’s
advocacy center and clerked for the public defender’s office. She was formerly the manager
of the Government Affairs and Committees of the Airport Consultants Council in
Alexandria, Virginia and a Legislative Research Analyst for the Comptroller of the Treasury
for the State of Tennessee. She is a volunteer court mediator in Nashville. She joined the
Legal Aid Society in 2003.


                                   COOKEVILLE OFFICE

Managing Attorney

        Marla K. Williams is a l988 graduate of the University of Louisville School of Law.
She joined the Legal Aid Society in 1988. She served as a District representative on the
Board of the Tennessee Bar Association's Young Lawyer Division from 1995 to 2000. She
coordinated the YLD’s high school mock trial competitions in her district. She has served on
the advisory boards of the Tennessee Vocational Training Center and Consumer Credit
Counseling. She serves on the boards of Putnam County Court Appointed Special
Advocates and the Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services. She is a graduate of Leadership
Putnam and has been a member of its Board of Trustees since that time. Marla has taught
law and paralegal studies at Volunteer State Community College. From 1997 to 2003 she
served as a member of the Hearing Committee of the Tennessee Board of Professional
Responsibility. She is from Clay County.

Staff Attorneys

       William Bush is a graduate of Princeton University and a 1978 graduate of Case
Western Reserve University Law School, where he was an editor of the Law and Housing
Journal and of the Law Review. He was a national board member of the Law Students Civil
Rights Research Council. He was a Reginald Heber Smith Fellow with Southeast Tennessee
Legal Services. In 1981 he was staff attorney with Education/Instruction, a fair housing
advocacy organization in Boston, Massachusetts. He joined the Legal Aid Society in 1982.
He successfully litigated one of the nation’s first private enforcement actions under the
Family and Medical Leave Act. He spends one day a week in private practice, concentrating
on employment litigation involving issues such as FMLA, Americans with Disability Act,
and Title VII. He is past president of the Upper Cumberland Trial Lawyers Association and
was the founder and co-chair of the board of Dismas House of the Upper Cumberlands in
Cookeville.

        Rachel Moses is a 1999 graduate of Centre College and a 2002 graduate of the
University of Tennessee College of Law. In law school she was the founder and coordinator
of the Family Justice Project and the Pet Project (which assisted victims of domestic
violence by establishing a network of veterinarians and others who could keep pets) and
was coordinator of the VITA taxpayer assistance program. She was a student attorney at
the UT Legal Clinic and clerked for two summers and one semester with the Legal Aid
Society’s Oak Ridge office. She is a District Representative for the Tennessee Bar
Association’s Young Lawyers Division and coordinates the YLD’s local high school mock
trial competition. She is an active softball player and coaches youth basketball and softball.
She is vice president of the Cookeville Breakfast Rotary Club. She is also Secretary of the
Evening Lions Club. She serves on the board of directors of CASA in Putnam County and is
on the board of directors of Girls Inc. in her home town of Oak Ridge.


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                                     GALLATIN OFFICE

Managing Attorney

        Jim Hawkins earned his bachelor’s degree from Centre College and his law degree from
Duke University School of Law. He has a master’s degree in educational policy studies from
Peabody College of Vanderbilt University and completed a series of selective educational
programs at BellSouth Leadership Institute. Jim worked for almost 14 years in several legal
and senior management positions with the BellSouth Corporation before joining the Legal Aid
Society in 2002. He began his legal career as clerk to Chief Justice William J. Harbison of the
Tennessee Supreme Court and was a general practice trial lawyer before joining the BellSouth
legal department. He has served as national president of the Centre College Alumni
Association and as a board member of the Duke Law Alumni Association and Peabody
Alumni Board. He has been a volunteer with the United Way and with several Democratic,
Republican and independent state and national political campaigns. He was a senior policy
line volunteer with the Gore/Lieberman 2000 campaign and was a voting rights team
volunteer in New Mexico during the 2004 presidential election. He is a native of Gallatin and is
married to Betsy Rogers Hawkins and has three children. Jim is an active Boy Scout troop
supporter, a distance runner and a Sunday school teacher. He also works with a group of
youths and adults who established and support a free public skateboard park. He authors a
weekly column for area newspapers called “Legal Notes” and is a graduate of Leadership
Sumner.



                                 MURFREESBORO OFFICE

Managing Attorney

       Barbara Futter is a 1989 graduate of American University Washington School of
Law. She joined the Legal Aid Society as a staff attorney in 2000. From 1990 to 1995 she
was an Assistant Public Defender in Nashville. In 1994 she took a leave of absence to
volunteer with the Legal Aid Society. From 1996 to 2000 she worked at Dismas House, a
program for released inmates with nine sites in five states. In 1997 she helped organize the
Living Room, a program under which homeless people help other homeless people become
more stable, which still operates in Nashville. From 2001 to 2003 she taught a class at
Riverbend Maximum Security Institution, designed to help inmates learn to live more
healthy lives in prison and to prepare them for life in the free world. In 2005, the Tennessee
Bar Association awarded her its Public Service Attorney of the Year Award for 2004-2005.

       Renee Turner is a 2001 graduate of Loyola University Chicago School of Law,
where she was active in the journal Public Interest Law Reporter and the Black Law
Students Association. She holds a Masters Degree in History from Purdue and was in the
U.S. Air Force before attending undergraduate school.


                                    NASHVILLE OFFICE

      Kathryn Calhoon is a graduate of Swarthmore College and a 1978 graduate of
Northeastern University School of Law. She holds a Master of Arts in Teaching from the



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University of North Carolina. She first joined the Legal Aid Society in 1978. After ten years,
she left to join the Department of Law for the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and
Davidson County. She returned to the Legal Aid Society in 1989. She handles cases
involving Social Security, TennCare and other health and disability issues. She regularly
presents training in these fields to local and regional groups. She has taught the Juvenile
Practice Clinic at the Vanderbilt Legal Clinic. She has been on the Board of Directors of the
Lawyers’ Association for Women, Marion Griffin Chapter, and on the Advisory Board of
the Center for Health Services at Vanderbilt University. She is past president of the West
End Synagogue and is a long-standing member of the Minority Opportunities Committee of
the Nashville Bar Association.

        Jean Crowe, Managing Attorney, Family Law Section, is a 1981 graduate of the
University of Wisconsin Law School. She has a Diploma from the Institute on International
and Comparative Law, Paris, and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Northwestern
University, Evanston. She joined the Legal Aid Society in 1985. She was formerly in private
practice in Madison, Wisconsin. She is a local and national leader in the field of family law
and domestic violence. In Nashville, she is Chair of the Domestic Violence Death Review
Team and Chair of the Board of the Nashville Coalition Against Domestic violence. She is a
frequent presenter at local, state and national events and has presented training on
domestic violence to Navy and Marine officers as part of their official training. Among other
bar leadership positions, she is chair of the Pro Bono Awards Committee and Chair of the
Domestic Violence Committee of American Bar Association’s Family Law Section. She is
the Section’s liaison to the ABA Commission on the Renaissance of Idealism in the
Profession. She served on the original Tennessee Child Support Commission and on the
Child Support Advisory Task Force. She is a member of the Board of Editors of the Family
Law Quarterly.

       David Ettinger, Managing Attorney, Health and Benefits Section, is a graduate
of Evergreen State College and a 1979 graduate of Northeastern University School of Law.
While in law school he held co-op placements with the National Housing Law Project,
Southern Mississippi Legal Services and Evergreen Legal Services. He works with the Health
and Benefits Unit. He is the author of the Sixth Circuit Social Security Manual (Seventh
Edition, 2004) and a contributor to the Disability Analysis Handbook (1996). In 2001, he
received the Distinguished Service Award from the National Organization of Social Security
Claimant Representatives and has served on its board from 2005 until the present. He
frequently writes about and presents training on disability law and due process.

        Linda Narrow McLemore is a 1990 graduate of the National Law Center of George
Washington University, where she participated in the civil legal clinic and interned with the
Food Research and Action Center and the Migrant Legal Action Program. She joined the
Legal Aid Society in 1990 and works with the Health and Benefits Unit. In 2001-2002 she
took a leave of absence to assist the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services on issues
related to its compliance with recent federal class action orders. She works on health,
benefits and education issues.

        Jessica Myers attended Barnard College and is a 2006 graduate of Harvard Law
School. She joined LAS in 2006 as a Skadden Fellow. At law school she was Advice Director
of the Tenant Advice Project, student representative to the Faculty Committee for Public
Service and legal intern at the Hale & Door Legal Services Center and the Family Advocacy
Program at the Boston Medical Center. She was a paralegal with the Washington Lawyers’
Committee for Civil Rights & Urban Affairs in Washington, D.C. and Deputy Director of
the Campaign for America’s Future, also in D.C. While in college in New York City she
worked with the Welfare Reform and Human Rights Documentation Project and the Urban


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Justice Center. She was a law clerk with the Legal Aid Society in the summer of 2005. She is
from Nashville.

        Sharmila Murthy is a 2003 graduate of Harvard Law School, where she was
Outreach Director for the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau. She was a law clerk to Judge Martha
Craig Daughtrey of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. She received her
undergraduate degree from Cornell University and a Masters degree from the Kennedy
School of Government. She was a Fulbright Scholar in India, where she studied economic
self-sufficiency programs for rural women. Ms. Murthy joined LAS as a Skadden Fellow
and provides representation and education to recent immigrants and refugees in the
Nashville area. In 2006 the Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services gave her its first “New
Advocate of the Year Award” for her assertive and innovative representation of clients in
the field of consumer law. She speaks Spanish, French and some Hindi, and regularly
participates in triathlons.

         Robert Nadler, Tennessee Taxpayer Project, is a1972 graduate of the University
of Illinois School of Law. Mr. Nadler, who is a certified public accountant, worked for 30
years as an attorney/manager in the District Counsel Office of the Internal Revenue Service
in Nashville. In 2002, he joined the Legal Aid Society’s Tennessee Taxpayer Project, which
represents low-wage workers who have controversies with the IRS. Mr. Nadler has taught
tax procedures at the Nashville School of Law and the Vanderbilt University School of Law.
He has published several articles on taxpayer rights. He is a member of the board of
directors of Better Tomorrows, a non-profit organization that promotes literacy.

        Russ Overby is a graduate of Wheaton College and a 1974 graduate Vanderbilt
Law School. He worked at the Legal Aid Society in Nashville from 1974 until 1993 and was
lead counsel in several significant federal and state cases involving public benefits and the
rights of children in state institutions. He was a Clinical Instructor at Vanderbilt from 1974
to 1977. In 1993 he became managing attorney of the Legal Aid Society’s Murfreesboro
office. From 1997 to 2005 he worked as the Welfare Reform Lawyer at the Tennessee
Justice Center. He rejoined the Legal Aid Society in 2006, where he now works on housing
and public benefits cases. He has written and conducted trainings for national audiences
on public benefits issues. He received the State Advocate of the Year Award from the
Tennessee Conference on Social Welfare in 1998 and the Harry Chapin Advocacy Award
from MANNA in 1997.

        Lucinda Smith, Director, Nashville Pro Bono Program, is a 1976 graduate of
Vanderbilt University Law School. She was in private practice and then served as
managing attorney for the Legal Aid Society’s Family Law Section from 1987 to 1990.
From 1991 to 2003 she was with the firm of Dodson, Parker Dinkins & Behm. She returned
to the Legal Aid Society to direct its Nashville volunteer lawyer programs in 2003. She has
served as First Vice President and a member of the Board of Directors and Executive
Committee of the Board of the Nashville Bar Association. She was Nashville’s Pro Bono
Volunteer of the Year in 1995. She is former Chair of the Metro Human Relations
Commission. She is active in the Lawyers’ Association for Women and the Tennessee Bar
Association’s Access to Justice Committee. She is from Nashville.

        Stacey Smith is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and a 2000 graduate of the
University of Oklahoma School of Law. He joined the Legal Aid Society in 2005 and works on
family and juvenile cases involving domestic violence. In 2006 he started work on a pilot
project, created by Jean Crowe, through which he provides legal representation to children who
have experienced domestic violence. He is also organizing a pro bono effort within the



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Nashville legal community to help meet the large and growing need that children have for legal
counsel. Before joining Legal Aid he worked as a senior software engineer.



         David Tarpley, Managing Attorney, Housing and Consumer Section, is a 1971
graduate of Vanderbilt University Law School. He joined the Legal Aid Society in 1971 and
became managing attorney of the Consumer Section in 1974. He has practiced extensively
in the field of consumer law and is a frequent presenter at local, state and regional training.
He served for 26 years on the Board of Directors of Consumer Credit Counseling Service of
Middle Tennessee. He has been on the adjunct faculty of the Vanderbilt University Law
School since 1986 and teaches a course on consumer credit protection. In 1997 he received
the Tennessee Bar Association’s award for the Public Service Attorney of the Year. In 2003
the Nashville Business Journal identified him as one of the outstanding 100 lawyers in the
Nashville bar. David is an avid amateur musician and plays French horn with the Trevecca
Symphony Orchestra.


                                    OAK RIDGE OFFICE

Managing Attorney

       Neil McBride (See Administration, above.)

Staff Attorneys

        Lenny Croce is a 1973 graduate of Vanderbilt University Law School. He joined
the Legal Aid Society in 1978. He was formerly in private practice in Colorado and
managed a branch office of the Denver Legal Aid Society. He was lead counsel before the
U.S. Supreme Court in Block v. Neal, which held the Farmers Home Administration liable
for the negligent inspection of defective home construction. He has been lead counsel in
major litigation involving housing, public benefits and health care. In 1996 Mr. Croce
received the Tennessee Bar Association's Public Service Attorney of the Year award. He
works part time with the Tennessee Justice Center, with whom he conducts state-wide class
action litigation. He has taught pre-trial litigation at the University of Tennessee College of
Law and served on the board of East Tennessee Technology Access Center. He is counsel to
Habitat for Humanity for Anderson County and regularly works on Habitat construction
projects.

        Mary Michelle Gillum, Coordinator, Tennessee Taxpayer Project, has an
accounting degree from the University of Tennessee and is a 2000 graduate of the
University of Tennessee College of Law. She began working with the Legal Aid Society in
2000 with a full fellowship from Equal Justice Works. While in law school, she was active
in Transactions: The Tennessee Journal of Business Law. She interned in LAS’s Oak Ridge
office for two summers and one semester. In 1998 she received an award from EJW as one
of the nation’s outstanding public interest interns. She received the law school’s William
Leech Jr. Public Service award. Before attending law school she worked as an accountant
and as a teacher in welfare-to-work programs for low-income women. She is co-chair of the
ABA Section on Taxation’s Low Income Taxpayer ESL Taxpayer Subcommittee. Ms.
Gillum is a member and former Chair of the Campbell County School Board. In 2004 she
received the B. Riney Green Award from the Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services, for
outstanding efforts to promote collaboration among legal aid programs. She is a



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participant in the Tennessee Bar Association’s 2006 Leadership Law program for
outstanding young lawyers. She is from LaFollette.

        Mary Lyn Goodman is a 1997 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of
Law. At law school, she was a member of a national trial team and a volunteer at a
women’s shelter. She joined the Legal Aid Society in 1997. She directs the Oak Ridge
office’s Pro Bono program. She is a member of the Anderson County Elder Abuse Review
Board and is a policy advocate on behalf of the East Tennessee Chapter of the Alzheimer’s
Association. She is President of the Anderson County Bar Association and is from
Knoxville.

        Janet Mynatt is a 1993 graduate of the University of Virginia Law School. She
joined the Legal Aid Society in 2002. She previously worked with a private law firm
representing Social Security disability claimants. From 1995 to 1996, she served as an
AmeriCorps attorney with a domestic violence/sexual assault project in Eugene, Oregon.
She began working with the Legal Aid Society as a volunteer with the Oak Ridge office as
an in-house pro bono attorney in 1998 and 2001. In 2005-2006 she was a National
Consumer Law Center Fellow. She is from Oak Ridge.

        Theresa-Vay Smith is a 1996 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of
Law and the Tennessee College of Business MBA program. She joined the Legal Aid
Society in 1997. While at law school, she was a member of a National Trial Team and Moot
Court Board and active in the legal clinic. Upon graduation, she was a volunteer attorney
with the Knoxville Legal Aid Society. She serves on the board of directors of CASA of the
Tennessee Heartland and on the board of Community Mediation of Anderson County, for
whom she is Vice President. She participated in the Tennessee Bar Association’s 2005
Leadership Law program for outstanding young lawyers. She serves on the board of
directors of Chalet Ice Rinks, Inc., in Knoxville, where she coaches and teaches competitive
ice skating. She is from Knoxville.


                                  TULLAHOMA OFFICE

Managing Attorney

       Norm Feaster is a 1980 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Law,
where he was a leader of several student public interest groups. He holds an MA in
International Affairs from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy of Tufts University.
He joined the Legal Aid Society in 1980 and became managing attorney in 1991. He is an
avid runner and triathlete, and competes throughout the region. He serves on the board of
directors of the Friends of the South Cumberland Recreation Area, which includes Savage
Gulf, Foster Falls, Fiery Gizzard, Stone Door and Buggy Top Cave. He regularly hikes and
backpacks in the desert southwest, where he leads archeological surveys and trail
maintenance hikes.

Staff Attorney

        Amelia Miller Luna is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University and a 2003
graduate of the University of Memphis, Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law. She joined the
Legal Aid Society upon graduation. While at law school she worked with the Elder Law
Clinic. She was also an editorial board member of the Tennessee Journal of Practice and
Procedure and a member of the Moot Court Board, Phi Delta Phi and the Christian Legal



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Society. She is the District Seven Representative to the Young Lawyers Division of the
Tennessee Bar Association and a member of the domestic violence shelter, Families in Crisis.




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