Carol McCrehan Parker

Parker Carol
  • Elvin E. Overton Distinguished Professor of Law

  • B.S., 1975 Northwestern University
    M.A., 1977 Northwestern University
    J.D., 1984 University of Illinois

  • Location: Room 278
  • Phone Number: 865-974-6700
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  • Courses Taught: Intellectual Property, Law and Medicine, Legal Process, Torts,Health Care Law & Regulation, Health Care Policy, Copyright Law
  • Additional Information: Curriculum Vitae (pdf)


Publications of Carol McCrehan Parker

Professor Parker joined the faculty in 1994 as Director of Legal Writing. She then served as associate dean for academic affairs from 2008 to 2014. Prior to coming to Tennessee, she taught in and directed legal writing programs at Indiana University and DePaul University and practiced law with Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal in Chicago. She currently teaches Legal Process, Torts, Health Care Law & Regulation, and Health Care Policy, and has also taught Intellectual Property, Copyright Law, and Law and Medicine and has served as coordinator of the College of Law’s academic support program.. She has written articles on legal writing, legal education, and torts and is a co-author of a book on Tennessee legal research. She is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of the Association of Legal Writing Directors and has served as chair of the Association of American Law Schools Section on Legal Writing, Reasoning, and Research, and as a member of the board of directors of the Legal Writing Institute. She received the Thomas F. Blackwell Memorial Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Legal Writing, awarded by the Legal Writing Institute and the Association of Legal Writing Directors in 2010, the Carden Award for Outstanding Service to the Institution in 1996, 2002, and 2009 and the Forest W. Lacey Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Moot Court Program in 1998 and 2010.


Biography of Carol McCrehan Parker


Tennessee Legal Research, (Carolina Press 2007) (coauthored with Sibyl Marshall) & and accompanying teacher’s manual (Carolina Press 2008).


Health Care Reform Meets the Supreme Court: What Happened, 105 Tenn Med. 23 (Sept. 2012) (with David Mirvis – cover story).

The Perfect Storm, The Perfect Culprit: How a Metaphor of Fate Frames Discussion of Responsibility in Judicial Opinions, 43 McGeorge L. Rev. 324 (2012); excerpt reprinted in Linda H. Edwards, Readings in Persuasion: Briefs That Changed the World (Aspen Law & Bus. 2012).

The Signature Pedagogy of Legal Writing, 16 Leg. Writing 463 (2010).

Plenary I: Scholarship (Nov. 6, 2009) in Symposium, The Legal Writing Institute: Celebrating 25 Years of Teaching and Scholarship, 61 Mercer L. Rev. 782, 792 (2010)(with Marilyn R. Walter and M.H. Sam Jacobson – transcript of panel presentation.).

What Will I Do on Monday – and Why Aren’t We Doing It Already?: Reflecting on the Value of Expressive Writing in the Law School Curriculum, 15 Leg. Writing 287 (2009).

Violence on Campus: Practical Recommendations for Legal Educators, 33 Okla. City U. L. Rev. 443 (2008)((coauthored with Helen Smith and Sandra P. Thomas).

Writing is Everybody’s Business: Theoretical and Practical Justifications for Teaching Writing Across the Law School Curriculum, 12 Leg. Writing 175 (2006)(part of a symposium issue entitled, "Teaching Writing and Teaching Doctrine: A Symbiotic Relationship?").

A Liberal Education in Law: Engaging the Legal Imagination Through Research and Writing Beyond the Curriculum, 1 ALWD 129 (2002).

Camping Trips and Family Trees: Must Tennessee Physicians Warn Their Patients’ Relatives of Genetic Risks?, 65 Tenn. L. Rev. 585 (1998).

Writing Throughout the Curriculum: Why Law Schools Need It and How to Achieve It, 76 Neb L. Rev., 561 (1997).

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