Elizabeth Ford (’77)

Category: Alumni Service | Awards

Beth Ford is the exemplification of a true Volunteer. Since graduating from the College of Law in 1977, she has served for more than 20 years as the federal community defender for Federal Defender Services of East Tennessee. While managing a large team of attorneys, Ford also provides hands-on experience to law students through internships and externships.

For over a decade, she has served as an adjunct faculty member in the College of Law, where she teaches students the ins and outs of trial practice and helps them grow both personally and professionally. She helped set up a Clemency Clinic for former clients of the federal defender, five of whom received clemency.

Ford served a four-year term as chair of the College of Law’s Alumni Council. In that role, she created the council’s newsletter, facilitated alumni visits, coordinated strategic projects to further advance the college’s mission, personally thanked council donors, and encouraged members.

She is currently a member of the college’s Dean’s Circle and the College of Law Board of Advisors for the Leadership Institute. She is also a 2018 graduate of Leadership Knoxville.
Elizabeth Ford
2017 Alumni Service Award Winner