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MEGHAN A. BODIE is an attorney with the law firm of Smith Higgins & Lehberger PLLC, where she practices in the areas of family law, custody and visitation, adoptions, divorce, and orders of protection. Ms. Bodie is a member of the Knoxville, Tennessee, and Alabama bar associations. After graduating from Emory & Henry with a degree in political science, Ms. Bodie went on to attend Samford University's Cumberland School of Law, where she earned her Juris Doctorate degree. While studying for her degree, Ms. Bodie interned with the Alabama Attorney General's Office and the Tennessee Supreme Court, gaining valuable legal experience that she uses regularly.
HILLARY DEWHIRST is a sole practitioner in Knoxville where she practices primarily in the areas of adoption law and child advocacy. She attributes her passion for adoptions to her own story of being adopted at a very young age. Ms. Dewhirst regularly speaks about her adoption experience and what it was like meeting her birth family as an adult. She has experience with both domestic and international adoptions and has finalized adoptions for hundreds of families. She handles adoptions for foster parents, families who are working with adoption agencies, and families who are adopting privately. Ms. Dewhirst has also facilitated private adoptions for families. Ms. Dewhirst grew up in Knoxville, Tennessee with her adoptive parents and adopted brother; and has been practicing law in Knoxville and the surrounding areas since 2003. She graduated from the University of Tennessee, College of Law with numerous honors, including Dean’s List, National Moot Court team, and the Charles Miller Excellence in Advocacy Award. She was a recipient of the McClure Scholarship for the study of world affairs and interned at the Council of Europe, focusing on human rights and anti-trafficking legislation.
BLAIR KENNEDY is an attorney with Smith Higgins & Lehberger PLLC, practicing exclusively in family law with extensive experience in adoption, child welfare, child custody, and other related domestic issues. While in law school, Ms. Kennedy was active in the Women’s Bar Association, worked for the Mississippi Attorney General’s Office, worked as a student attorney at the Rankin County Youth Court, as a guardian ad litem in Hinds County Chancery Court and interned with the Hinds County Chancery Court. She completed her B.S. degree at Austin Peay State University while working full time for the Tennessee General Assembly in Nashville. Ms. Kennedy received her J.D. degree from Mississippi College School of Law. She is a member of the Tennessee Bar Association and The Mississippi Bar.
THEODORE ROBERT KERN is a partner in the firm of Eshbaugh, Strange-Boston, Metcalf & Kern. He is a graduate of The Ohio State University and Case Western Reserve University College of Law. His first career was in public interest law, including serving as litigation director of Knoxville Legal Aid Society (now Legal Aid of East Tennessee). In 1999 he started a solo practice which he continued successfully until October 2009, when he moved to his current position. Mr. Kern has handled numerous adoption cases, including interstate adoptions, contested parental rights terminations, and cases before the Court of Appeals. He is a member of the Knoxville and Tennessee bar associations, a fellow of the Academy of Adoption & Assisted Reproduction Attorneys, and is a Rule 31 listed mediator.