March 28, 2014 - Knoxville, Tennessee — Judge Martha Craig "Cissy" Daughtrey, who sits on the United State's Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, will speak at the Lincoln Memorial University-John J. Duncan, Jr., School of Law (LMU-DSOL) on Monday, March 31, 2014, for the latest installment of the Professionalism Series. She will speak on the topic of professionalism in appellate advocacy.

Daughtrey’s career reflects a series of "firsts." After earning her J.D. at Vanderbilt in 1968, she became the first woman Assistant U.S. Attorney and the first female prosecutor in Tennessee. She later joined the Davidson County District Attorney's Office.

She would later become Vanderbilt's first tenure-track woman law professor in 1972. Daughtrey spent only three years teaching full-time before she was appointed to the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals. There, she became the first woman to sit on a Tennessee court of record. Daughtrey continued to teach on Vanderbilt's adjunct faculty until her election to the Tennessee Supreme Court in 1990, where she was—once again— the first woman to join the five-judge panel. She was appointed to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals by President Bill Clinton in 1993; she assumed senior judge status in 2009.

The professionalism series will wrap up for the semester with a presentation by Tennessee Supreme Court Chief Justice Gary R. Wade on April 16, 2014. The professionalism series is coordinated by LMU-DSOL Dean of Students and Assistant Professor of Law Laura Hash.

The Lincoln Memorial University-Duncan School of Law is located in Knoxville’s Historic Old City Hall Building. LMU-DSOL is an integral part of LMU’s values-based learning community, and is dedicated to preparing the next generation of lawyers to provide sound legal service in the often underserved region of Appalachia and beyond. For more information about LMU-DSOL, call 865.545.5303 or visit us online at

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