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LORETTA G. CRAVENS

Attorney Loretta Cravens

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