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About April Carroll James

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.


Present 865.545.5319, Lincoln Memorial University - Duncan School of Law
Present Associate Professor of Law, Lincoln Memorial University - Duncan School of Law
Present, Lincoln Memorial University - Duncan School of Law

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Duncan School of Law
Lincoln Memorial University
601 W.Summit Hill Drive
Knoxville, TN 37902
(865) 545-5319