Attorney

Laura Hash

FPO

Laura Hash

Attorney

Why did you decide to practice law?

Laura was drawn to the profession after witnessing family members being underrepresented and mistreated by the legal system as a child.  She found her passion in child advocacy and family law after clerking for a Juvenile Court Judge shortly after returning to Tennessee. 

About

Laura Hash joined Mandy Hancock Law as an associate attorney in December 2023. Her practice is primarily focused on family law matters including divorce, custody, child support, paternity,\ grandparent visitation, dependency and neglect, severe abuse, termination of parental rights, adoption, post-adoption contracts, surrogacy, and conservatorships. She regularly represents clients in mediation, motion hearings, orders of protection, depositions, and in other pre- and post-trial matters. She has successfully represented clients at the trial and appellate level in multiple venues all over East Tennessee and has been historically called upon by the court to handle and/or advise on particularly complex cases. Prior to joining Mandy Hancock Law, Laura worked for Trammell, Adkins, & Ward, representing insureds in civil litigation matters and minor and adult clients in need of an advocate in family law matters. She also spent over a decade running a solo law practice primarily representing clients in matters involving allegations of dependency and neglect, termination of parental rights, adoption, and conservatorships. In addition, from 2011 to 2016, Laura worked as both an administrator and faculty member for the Lincoln Memorial University Duncan School of Law. While at LMU, she served as the inaugural Dean of Students and Externship Director and taught substantive courses on multiple family law topics, professional responsibility, and a variety of legal writing courses. Laura is a member of the Tennessee and Mississippi Bar Associations. She has taught a variety of Continuing Legal Education courses, primarily on juvenile law related matters. She has published multiple articles in DICTA, providing practice advice for lawyers representing clients in parental termination cases and a full-length article in the Tennessee Journal of Race, Gender, & Social Justice on the issue of juvenile appeals. She further co-authored a published full-length article in the Journal of Legal Medicine on the legal issues surrounding in vitro fertilization. Laura was drawn to the profession after witnessing family members being underrepresented and mistreated by the legal system as a child. She found her passion in child advocacy after clerking for a Juvenile Court Judge shortly after returning to Tennessee. Although she does no longer regularly practices law as a child advocate, she continues to pursue this passion in her role as the Co-Founder of Santa Elves, Inc., a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide a robust Christmas experience for children and young adults in or around the foster care system. Laura is an East Tennessee native and resides locally with her twin daughters.

Education

  • Mississippi College School of Law, Jackson, Mississippi
    • J.D. – 2003
  • Queens University
    • B.A. – 1999

Bar and Court Admissions

  • Mississippi, 2004
  • Tennessee, 2008

Practice Areas

  • Litigation in State Court and Federal Court
  • Divorce/Custody/Child Support
  • Dependency and Neglect (including Severe Abuse)
  • Parental Termination
  • Adoption/Surrogacy
  • Post Adoption Contract Agreements
  • Conservatorship

Professional Associations

  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • Knoxville Bar Association
  • Anderson County Bar Association
  • East Tennessee Lawyer’s Association for Women

Publications

“Fundamentally Fair Parental Termination Proceedings: A Review April 2016 of In re Carrington H.” Knoxville Bar Association’s Journal, Dicta “Juvenile Law Update:  Termination of Parental Rights” April 2015 Knoxville Bar Association’s Journal, Dicta “An Appeal for Change:  Eliminating the Second Bite at the Spring 2014 Apple in Tennessee Juvenile Cases” Tennessee Journal of Race, Gender, and Social Justice April Carroll Meldrum & Laura Suzann Hash, An Appeal for Change: Eliminating the Second Bite at the Apple in Tennessee Juvenile Cases, 3 Tenn. J. of Race, Gender, & Social Justice 1 (2014)

“Juvenile Law Update” April 2014 Knoxville Bar Association’s Journal, Dicta

“The Department of Children’s Services and the Mandatory April 2013 Reporting of Child Fatalities” Knoxville Bar Association’s Journal, Dicta

“Sperm, Egg, and a Petri Dish:  Unveiling the Underlying June 2006 Property Issues Surrounding Cryopreserved Embryos” The Journal of Legal Medicine  Laura S. Langley & Joseph W. Blackston, Sperm, Egg, and A Petri Dish Unveiling the Underlying Property Issues Surrounding Cryopreserved Embryos, 27 J. Legal Med. 167 (2006)

Community Involvement

  • Co-Founder of Santa Elves, Inc., a non-profit organization centered around providing a robust Christmas experience for children in or around the foster care system.  
  • Long-standing member of Second Baptist Church

Languages

  • English

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