My Career in Criminal Justice

Linda Harris is a Tennessee attorney who currently focuses on her work as a Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 31 General Civil Law and Family Law Listed Mediator, with a Domestic Violence Special Designation. As an independent arbitrator, she has arbitrated cases for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and the National Center for Dispute Settlement (NCDS USA). She has extensive litigation experience and in-depth knowledge of federal and state criminal and civil laws involving constitutional issues. Linda worked as a federal prosecutor and an Assistant U.S. Attorney civil trial lawyer for the United States Department of Justice in the Western District of Tennessee for many years before she decided to go into private practice and represent clients with limited resources. Since starting her private law practice in 2011, she has successfully litigated and mediated hundreds of cases, including civil rights cases, criminal law cases, employment discrimination cases, contract dispute cases, personal injury cases, property dispute cases, divorce cases, landlord-tenant cases, child custody cases, and other civil litigation cases on behalf of her clients. Linda has practiced law in the U.S. Courts of Appeal, U.S.  District Courts, and Tennessee Criminal, Chancery, Circuit, and General Sessions Courts. She is also a former federal judicial law clerk to U. S. District Court Judge Jerome Turner and a former Memphis Police Officer.   

Her memberships include: National Bar Association-Ben F. Jones Chapter; American Bar Association; Memphis Bar Association, and Memphis Bar Foundation. Recent public service include: Member of the U. S. Sixth Circuit Advisory Rules Committee; Commissioner, Tennessee Supreme Court Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Commission, and Temporary Contract Executive Director for Mid-South Community Justice and Mediation Center, Inc. (CJAM). Linda has worked with numerous local community non-profit organizations as a volunteer and a board member.  She is a  International Institute for Restorative Justice Trained Basic Restorative Practice Trainer and a former recipient of the” Harriet Tubman Community Service Living Legend Award”; Memphis Area Legal Services “Access to Justice Award,” Target Marketing’s “Keeper of the Dream Award,” and St. Mark’s Baptist Church’s (Tipton County) “Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Service Award.”

Education, Training and Certifications
• Juris Doctorate, University of Memphis, Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, Memphis, TN – 1987
• Law Review Staff Member – Published Comment – Vol. 17-4 MSU Law Review
• American Jurisprudence Book Awards Recipient – (Corporations) (Insurance)
• Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society Inductee
• Who’s Who Among American Law Students
• Outstanding Young Woman of America Selectee
• Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Criminal Justice, University of Memphis, Memphis, TN – 1982