Local attorney to lead Lipscomb's law, justice and society program

Randy Spivey once served as disciplinary counsel for Tennessee Supreme Court’s Board of Professional Responsibility

Nashville attorney Randy Spivey has been appointed academic director for Lipscomb University’s Institute for Law, Justice and Society.

Spivey (pictured) will expand the LJS curriculum and academic offerings as well as develop new programs for the institute. A core component of the LJS undergraduate program is that students select a social cause of personal significance and work throughout their academic careers to improve or eliminate the cause and its effects on society.

“Randy brings a rich background in law to this program,” Charla Long, dean of the LU College of Professional Studies, which houses LJS, said in a release. “He has a unique understanding of how law and justice work together for the betterment of our society.”

Spivey began his legal career as a law clerk for Judge David H. Welles on the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals. He left the court to practice law for seven years at Nashville-based commercial litigation firm Williams & Prochaska. Following that, Spivey was disciplinary counsel for the Tennessee Supreme Court’s Board of Professional Responsibility, the ethics board that governs the state’s lawyers.

Spivey also served as an adjunct professor for Lipscomb’s program at the Tennessee Prison for Women as well as for the LU department of history, politics and philosophy and at LJS prior to his full-time appointment with the university.

“My goal is for the program to continue to grow, becoming a national leader in undergraduate legal education,” Spivey said.

Spivey holds a bachelor’s degree from Lipscomb University and a juris doctorate degree from the University of Alabama School of Law.