Click Here To Listen Nashville Business 100 Leading African Americans Joycelyn Stevenson
A native of Macon, GA, Joycelyn graduated Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude from Howard University and received her law degree from Vanderbilt University Law School. Joycelyn is the new Executive Director of the Tennessee Bar Association where she manages the affairs of the state bar under the direction of the 27-member board of directors. Most recently she was a shareholder at Littler Mendelson, P.C., where she practiced labor and employment law, specifically representing local and national corporate clients on workplace issues including allegations of wage and hour violations, race, religion, sex, disability and age discrimination, as well as in lawsuits and administrative charges brought pursuant to state and federal law. Joycelyn’s immigration practice focused on a variety of matters crucial to her business clients, including I‐9 and E‐Verify compliance, as well as obtaining and maintaining employer‐based nonimmigrant and immigrant visas for foreign national employees.
Joycelyn is past president of the Nashville Bar Association (“NBA”) and is a past president of both the Lawyers’ Association for Women ‐ Marion Griffin Chapter and the Council on Aging of Greater Nashville. She is the first African‐American woman to serve in the role of president in the history of each organization. She is the 2017 recipient of the Napier Looby Bar Association’s J.C. Napier Trailblazer Award. She was also recently selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2016, 2017 in the field of Litigation – Labor and Employment. She has been included in the 2016 and 2017 listings of Mid‐South Super Lawyers, and named a “Mid‐South Rising Star” in both 2014 and 2015. Joycelyn is also the recipient of the Nashville Chamber’s 2015 Nashville Emerging Leader Award in the legal services category. She is a Nashville Business Journal Best of the Bar honoree (2013‐2017), having previously been included in its Top Forty under 40 listing in 2011. She is also the 2013 recipient of the Nashville Athena Young Professionals Award. In 2012, Joycelyn served as an adjunct professor of law at Vanderbilt University Law School where she taught employment discrimination law.