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Donna S. Harkness
Teaching interests: Elder Law Clinic, Elder Health Law Advocacy Clinic, Elder Law and Professional Responsibility

Education: B.A., University of Memphis, Philosophy, magna cum laude, 1974; J.D. Vanderbilt, 1980.

Experience: 1993 – present, Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law/University of Memphis Legal Clinic; 1990-93, Staff Attorney, Housing Opportunities Corp.; 1985-87, District Legal Counsel, Florida Dept. of Health and Rehabilitative Services; 1980-84, Staff Attorney, Legal Services of Middle Tennessee.

Admitted: Tennessee and Florida.

Achievements/Publications: Donna S. Harkness is currently Professor of Clinical Law and Director of both the Elder Law Clinic and the Elder Health Law Advocacy Clinic.  She is a National Elder Law Foundation certified elder law attorney and a Tennessee certified elder law specialist.  She is the author of one book, Elder Law Essentials (Knowles, updated 2013), which provides a basic overview of the substantive law, ethical issues, and practice concerns that confront attorneys representing elderly clients.  Professor Harkness’s articles have appeared in the Elder Law Journal, Marquette Elder’s Advisor, and the Georgetown Journal on Poverty Law and Policy.  She has also authored four elder law case files for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA) involving a will contest, elder abuse, predatory lending and wrongful death in a long term care institution.       


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