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Stephen P. Parsons

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Stephen P. Parsons has long been active in paralegal education, having served as the initial program director for the Paralegal Studies Program at Walters State Community College in Morristown, Tennessee, where he served for a number of years as a tenured professor and chair of the Legal Studies Department. Later he served as a long term visiting professor at Appalachian School of Law (ASL) in Buchanan County, Virginia, where he received 13 Professor-of-the-Year awards from students during a ten-year tenure. He retired from ASL in 2015 with Professor Emeritus status. 

Parsons received his B.A. degree from David Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee with a double major in Speech and Religion.  He received his J.D. from The University of Tennessee College of Law, finishing first in his graduating class and was selected for inclusion in the Order of the Coif. While a law student Parsons received book awards for achieving the high grade in five different courses: Torts, Evidence, Corporations, Administrative Law, and Payment Systems. He also won the Advocates Prize Moot Court competition as a law student and was named Best Oralist in the competition.

Professor Parsons has more than 25 years experience in the private practice of law. Before entering academia he was a partner in the Stophel, Caldwell and Heggie law firm in Chattanooga, Tennessee and later in the Wagner, Myers & Sanger firm in Knoxville, Tennessee, specializing in commercial law and tort litigation. Since retiring from ASL, he serves as the principal in Parsons Legal Consulting in Greeneville, Tennessee, which provides consulting services exclusively to attorneys handling commercial, tort, or employment disputes.

In addition to Interviewing and Investigating:  Essential Skills for the Legal Professional, Parsons is also the author of The ABC’s of Debt: A Case Study Approach to Debtor/Creditor Relations and Bankruptcy Law in the Wolters Kluwer Aspen College Series and two titles in the new Wolters Kluwer ‘In Focus’ casebook series introduced for 2017: Consumer Bankruptcy Law in Focus and Business Bankruptcy Law in Focus (co-authored with Daniel Austin of Campbell & Levine, LLC, in Pittsburgh, PA).