The Claiborne Commission spent a bit of time last week honoring a Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) student that was appointed as one of only five individuals from across the state to become a justice on the Tennessee Intercollegiate State Court (TISC). Jeana Jessie, who is the second LMU student to have ever been honored in this way, will serve on the Tennessee General Assembly in November.
Jessie, who is earning a double major in pre-law, English and mathematics, has served multiple positions in various campus organizations including the Honors Scholars Association, Sigma Tau Delta and the Pre-Law Society.
Born and raised on a Speedwell cattle farm, Jessie says she is looking forward to using her agricultural experience and interest in politics to alter the legal restrictions on the livestock and produce generated from small farms.
As part of the Tennessee Collegiate State Legislature (TCSL), Jessie will participate with other top campus leaders in exchanging ideas and opinions while learning just how government works.
The LMU student will join her counterparts in the legislative chambers of the State Capitol in November. While there, the students will propose bills that, if passed through both the TSIL hosted ‘Senate’ and ‘House of Representatives,’ will continue through the Tennessee State government for consideration as actual state law.
The Tennessee Intercollegiate Supreme Court (TISC), which presides over the Appellate Moot Court Collegiate Challenge (AMC3), is the judicial branch that meets during the same time frame. The TISC carries original and sole jurisdiction for any issues that might arise from the TISL Constitution, its laws and proceedings.
Under the Tennessee Intercollegiate Supreme Court, students engage in a statewide competition that allows them to gain experience as lawyers in mock trials taken from actual Supreme Court cases.
Through a competitive application process, Jessie was appointed one of five Justices that will preside over the Appellate Moot Court Collegiate Challenge. Jessie will serve in this capacity for one year and will be ‘on call’ throughout the 12 months term to judge all TISL and AMC3 business.
Several members of Tennessee state government are TISL alumni, including state Court of Appeals Judge Frank Clement Jr. and Chief Justice Jeff Bivins of the Tennessee Supreme Court.
Jessie is the daughter of William and Debra Jessie and the granddaughter of Speedwell couple Joyce and Donald Jessie and Dan and Wilma Freeman of Gainesville, Florida.
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