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Position: Associate Professor of Business Law
Campus Phone: (865) 471-3318
Campus Box: 71887
Dr. Laughlin joined the Carson-Newman faculty in fall 2001. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Tennessee and her Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law, where she graduated summa cum laude and received the Michie Company Outstanding Graduate Award. Upon graduation from law school, Dr. Laughlin served as a federal court law clerk in the Eastern District of Tennessee for Judge Thomas G. Hull. Dr. Laughlin also served as counsel for Permanent General Insurance Company and practiced law with the firm of Butler, Vines and Babb, PLLC, prior to coming to Carson-Newman.
In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Dr. Laughlin has published articles on legal issues in business, and she has received training in the area of mediation. She recently received an LL.M. in insurance law with honors through the University of Connecticut where she was awarded the school's 2011 LL.M. Prize for exemplifying the law school's commitment to distinguished scholarship in the field of insurance law and for dedication to serving the community. She has also recently had the following articles accepted for publication: "The Filed Rate Doctrine and the Insurance Arena" to be published in spring 2012 by the Connecticut Insurance Law Journal; "State Laws Restricting the Operation of Risk Retention Groups - Necessary Protection or Illegal Regulation?" to be published in the 2012 edition of the Drake Law Review; and, "The Precautionary Principle as Applied to the Public Release of Information Regarding Convicted Sexual Offenders for the Purpose of Child Protection" to be published in 2012 by the Whittier Journal of Child and Family Advocacy.
In addition to her law degrees, Dr. Laughlin is a listed mediator in both the general civil and family areas. She was also awarded a scholarship to the Salzburg Global Seminar on International and Islamic law held in Austria.