June 21, 2018 – The Southeast Tennessee Lawyers Association for Women recently named Marcia Eason, a 1979 graduate of the University of Houston Law Center, "Lioness of the Bar" for her exemplary legal expertise, strong community involvement and for furthering the careers of women in the legal field.
"I am encouraged there are more women interested in the legal profession, attending law school and joining the workforce as lawyers," Eason said. "Receiving this award is very humbling, and totally unexpected. It means that things that I may do, whether I participate in community activities or in things that are related to our profession, have impacted people without my knowing it.
"I may have even provided mentoring advice to younger attorneys without being aware that I had an impact on them."
Eason is a member of Miller & Martin, a regional law firm based in Chattanooga, Tenn. She has served as president of the Tennessee Lawyers Association for Women and the Tennessee Bar Association. She has also chaired numerous charitable boards. Eason's service to the legal community has led to recognition by the Tennessee Supreme Court.
"I am most proud that the Tennessee Supreme Court has appointed me to serve with different commissions over the years: the Racial and Ethnic Fairness Commission and the Gender Fairness Commission," Eason said.
"Most recently, I was appointed to serve on the Access to Justice Commission; then the Supreme Court appointed me to chair that commission for two years. The Supreme Court, ATJC staff and commission members worked so hard to accomplish so much to insure access to justice with me during my term."
Eason focuses on civil litigation cases and is licensed to practice in the states of Texas and Tennessee. She practiced in Texas for more than seven years before relocating to Tennessee. Eason said she enjoys spending her professional time on complex cases.
"I enjoy working on matters where there are a lot of moving parts, with many participants involved, and challenging legal issues," Eason said. "I enjoy working with exceptional attorneys in my firm and exceptional clients."
Serving as line editor at the Houston Law Review and working with Professor Jim Perdue '63 on his first tort law book were some of Eason's favorite accomplishments during her time as a Law Center student.
Eason's noted that juggling a number of tasks as in law school can be challenging, but her words of wisdom for students is to not let hectic schedules overwhelm them.
"Advice I have for students is to remember that life is not linear," Eason said. "You will have goals, but don't worry if you don't accomplish a particular goal in the time you have set, or because you are taken on a different path. Every experience is a life learning experience."
"The other advice is that life is a marathon, not a sprint. But don't forget to fuel your soul along the way. Follow your passion with your profession."