General Counsel

Lucy A. Singer
‌General Counsel

lasinger@sewanee.edu
931-598-1880

Lucy Singer joined the University of the South as Vice President and General Counsel in November 2017. She is responsible for providing, managing and coordinating legal services for the University, for advising University officials on legal matters related to the performance of their duties, including compliance with university policies, and state and federal laws and regulations affecting higher education.

Ms. Singer is authorized to practice law in Tennessee pending full admission and is licensed in Vermont, Missouri and Illinois.

Prior to her appointment at Sewanee, Ms. Singer served as Senior Associate General Counsel and Deputy General Counsel at the University of Vermont from 2005 to 2017 and as Senior Associate General Counsel at Southern Illinois University from 1999 to 2005. She received her J.D. degree from St. Louis University School of Law summa cum laude. She received her undergraduate degree from Missouri State University (then Southwest Missouri State University) and a graduate degree in Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis.

Ms. Singer is a member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys. She previously served as in-house counsel at the University of Vermont and at Southern Illinois University. Prior to serving in-house at higher education institutions, Ms. Singer was in private practice in St. Louis representing colleges and universities among other clients.

 

Donna L. Pierce
‌General Counsel

dopierce@sewanee.edu

Donna L. Pierce is the University’s General Counsel. She is responsible for providing, managing, and coordinating legal services for the University, advising University officials on legal matters related to the performance of their duties, including compliance with university policies and laws applicable to the University, and identifying and minimizing the University’s legal risks. In addition to her duties as General Counsel, she served as the University’s Director of Human Resources from 2007 to 2011 and Director of Community Services from 2000 to 2001.

Ms. Pierce is admitted to practice in Tennessee and South Carolina and before the United States Supreme Court, the U.S. Courts of Appeal for the Fourth, Fifth, Sixth and Eleventh Circuits, and the U.S. District Court for Eastern District of Tennessee.

She received her Juris Doctor degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law, where she was a member of Order of the Coif and the national moot court team and served as a legal writing instructor. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of South Carolina (Upstate) where she was named the political science student of the year.

Ms. Pierce is a member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys, the Tennessee Bar Association Board of Governors, and the Brock-Cooper Inns of Court.  She is also a Fellow of the American, Tennessee and Chattanooga Bar Foundations, a past president of the Chattanooga Bar Association, and a Leadership Chattanooga graduate. She has been named a mid-South Super Lawyer in employment law and received her AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell in 1993.

Ms. Pierce previously practiced law in the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Office of General Counsel and with the Chattanooga law firm of Chambliss, Bahner and Stophel, P.C.

 

Teresa Smith
Administrative Assistant
tersmith@sewanee.edu
931-598-3558

Teresa is an Administrative Assistant in the Executive Office. Her duties include administrative support for the Office of the General Counsel, Special Event Coordinating, and staff support for the Board of Regents and the Board of Trustees.

Ms. Smith began working as an Assistant Cashier in the Office of the Treasurer in 1995. She has supported administrators in the Business and Community Relations Office, the Lease Office, Office of the Provost, and was Coordinator in the Office of Human Resources for six years.

 

Brittany Vaughan
Administrative Assistant
‌blvaugha@sewanee.edu
931-598-3296

Brittany is an Administrative Assistant in the Executive Office. Her duties include administrative support for the office of the General Counsel and for the Executive Assistant to the Vice-Chancellor. 

Ms. Vaughan began working as the Executive Office Coordinator in March 2017.