Dean April Carroll Meldrum is the Associate Dean for Accreditation and Associate
Professor of Law. Prior to joining DSOL in 2010, Dean Meldrum practiced as a trial
attorney for nine years, focusing her practice in the areas of personal injury, domestic
relations, juvenile law and social security disability, before she was elected as the
Anderson County Tennessee Juvenile Court Judge in 2006. As the Juvenile Court Judge, Dean
Meldrum instituted the Campus Court, an educational collaboration with the local
education associations, district attorney’s office and the Tennessee Department of
Children’s Services, earning her recognition by the Anderson County School Board and the
Department of Children’s Services. Dean Meldrum has been named as the YWCA Woman of the
Year and has served on many community agency advisory boards. Dean Meldrum has been a
member of the National Juvenile & Family Court Judges Association, the Tennessee
Juvenile & Family Court Association (TJFCA) and served as Secretary of the
Legislative Committee of TJFCA. 

She received a B.A. degree in English and an Business Administration from Lincoln
Memorial University, where she was on the Dean’s List and was a charter member of the
Sigma Tau Delta-English Honorary Society. Dean Meldrum earned her J.D. degree from
Samford University, Cumberland School of Law, where she was on the Dean’s List and was
the President of the Tennessee Student Bar Association. 

Dean Meldrum is the co-author of the textbook, Tennessee Family: Cases & Problems and
co-author of, An Appeal for Change: Eliminating the Second Bite at the Apple in Tennessee
Juvenile Cases. 

Dean Meldrum is admitted to the Tennessee Bar, the Tennessee Supreme Court, the United
States Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court. 

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Juvenile and Family Violence Issues, Address at Tennessee Commission on Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Meeting, sponsored by Lincoln Memorial University-Duncan School of Law and East Tennessee Legal Aid (2011)