Attorney Loretta Cravens

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Education

  • University of Tennessee College of Law, Knoxville, Tennessee J.D., May 2004. Dean’s Citation for extraordinary contributions to the law school.
  • Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville, Tennessee, B.S., Political Science, 2000, magna cum laude.

Bar Admissions

  • Supreme Court of Tennessee, November 17, 2004
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee, April 20, 2007
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, May 25, 2007
  • Supreme Court of the United States, January 26, 2009

Legal Experience

  • Owner, Cravens Legal, Knoxville, Tennessee, August 2017 - present
  • Attorney, Eldridge & Blakney, P.C. Knoxville, Tennessee, October 2006 – July 2017.
  • Law Clerk, Eldridge & Blakney, P.C., June 2005 – September 2006.
  • Lincoln Memorial University, Adjunct Professor – January-May 2019, 2021
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Tennessee, CJA Panel Attorney, 2015-present
  • City of Knoxville Beer Board Hearing Officer, 2017-present
  • Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility Hearing Panel Officer, 2019 - present

Professional Accomplishments, Associations, and Memberships:

  • National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
  • City View Magazine Top Attorney, Juvenile Defense 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018
  • Legal Aid of East Tennessee/Knoxville Bar Association Pro Bono Project Honoree 2012
  • National Criminal Defense College, Graduate 2009
  • Martindale Hubble Peer Rated AV Preeminent
  • Hamilton Burnett Chapter of the American Inns of Court, Master Emeritus
  • American Inns of Court Programming and Awards Committee member
  • American Bar Association
    • American Bar Foundation Fellow
  • East Tennessee Lawyer’s Association for Women
    • Executive Board, President 2018
    • President Elect 2017
    • Programming Co-Chair 2014, Chair 2015-16,
  • Tennessee Bar Association
    • Leadership Law Class of 2012
    • Leadership Law Steering Committee, member 2013-present,
    • co-chair 2017-2019
    • President, Leadership Law Alumni Association 2015-16
    • Board of Governors, Invited Guest, 2021
  • Knoxville Bar Association
    • Board of Governors, 2018-19, Secretary 2020, Treasurer-2021, President-Elect 2022
    • Membership Committee, 2008-present, co-chair 2016-present
    • Diversity in the Profession Committee, 2017 - present
    • Access to Justice Committee, 2012-present
    • Nominating Committee 2011, 2016, Governor’s Award Committee 2015
    • Unmet Legal Needs of Children Committee, 2009
    • Barristers’ Hunger and Poverty Relief Committee
    • Professional Clothing Drive Co-Coordinator 2011
    • Law Week Committee Co-Chair 2010-12
  • Knoxville Bar Foundation, Fellow.
  • Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, East Tennessee Board
    • Representative 2016-2019
  •  Tennessee Lawyer’s Association for Women
    • President 2020-2021
    • President Elect 2019-2020
    • Board Member, ETLAW representative to the board 2017-18
    • Chair, Annual Meeting Committee 2017
    • Member, Empowerment Conference Planning Committee 2016 and 2017
  • Tennessee Achieves, Volunteer Mentor 2015-2017
    • 2020 GRIT: A Workshop to Energize, Elevate, & Educate Women in Defense,
      • Federal Defenders Services admittee.

Publications

  • “Employer Options When an Employee is Arrested” DICTA, December 2014.
  • “Consider alternatives of worker facing charges.” Knoxville Business Journal, January 2015.
  • The Consigliere: Volume 6, Nos. 1-4, co-author quarterly Criminal Law Feature series, 2011; Volume 7 Nos. 1-4, co-author of quarterly series on trade secrets, 2012.
  • A Conflict of Interest, Book Review, The Champion, NACDL Criminal Law Journal, March 2013.
  • “You don’t need a HIPPA waiver to understand this malady: Assisting Medical Care Providers During a Federal Investigation,” ABA TIPS Medicine and Law Newsletter, Summer 2012.

Presentations

  • TACDL:
    • General Sessions Court Training Tennessee Expungement Law, 2014;
    • Collateral Consequences of Convictions, Ethics Roundup, 2010.
  • National Business Institute Seminars:
    • Tennessee Criminal Law: Tennessee Code of Judicial Conduct, 2012;
    • Tennessee Gun Laws, May 2015.
  • TBA:
    • Informed Voter Project & Tennessee Handbook for Seniors Presenter, 2014.
  • KBA:
    • Animal Law – July 2015
    • Criminal Defense Discussion July 2020
  •  Television Commentary 2006-2007, Snapped: Amanda McGhee