Regent University School of Law 1996; CBC, Honor Graduate 1976

Faculty Achievement Award Regent
Univ. School of Law 1996 Honor Society
Academic scholarships Four-time scholarship recipient
Member ABA Class Secretary 1972, 1973
Member Christian Legal Society Chi Alpha Secretary
Moot court Arthur Quademi Secretary
School representative/press conference Student Government Representative
Student Bar Association
Executive Secretary 1995-1996 Editor, The Fellowship, 1971-1976

North Side, Jackson, Tn. 1971; Honor Gradate; Beta Club; Editor, Yearbook; Student Council; Class Secretary; President: Bookkeeping Club; Yearbook; Student Council; Class Secretary

Basic Mediation Training
Adoption CLE for VA Bar Assoc. 1971; Honor Gradate; Beta Club; Editor,
Family Mediation Training President, Bookkeeping Club

Licensed Virginia and Tennessee
Tennessee City and County courts, Court of Appeals, State Supreme Court,
Virginia City and County courts, Court of Appeals
4th, 8th, 6th Federal District Court
4th, 8th 6th Circuit U. S. Court of Appeals
U. S. Office of Personnel Management Appeals
Veteran’s Administration Appellate Court
Unemployment, Social Security, and Administrative Courts.
Public Defender Contractor State Court of Appeals 2004
MEDIATOR – Family Alternative Mediation, Norfolk, VA
2006 present Tennessee Supreme Court Guardian ad Litem Trainer

Editor, The Fellowship, 1971-1976

PUBLISHED: Basic Mediation Training; Family Mediation Virginia

Adoption CLE for VA Bar Assoc.

Articles; Class Action

affiliate attorney with The Rutherford Institute, Pacific Institute, the American Center for Law and Justice


American Bar Association
Northwest Council on Children and Youth
Tennessee Lawyer’s Association for Women Director at Large, Western Division
Tennessee American Bar Association
TLAW Board Member
Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association
Business and Professional Women
National Association of Counsel for Children
Madison County Republican Women
Madison County Republican Party
Jackson Christian Women’s Club
Christian Legal Society
Madison County LAW
Madison County Bar Association
Tennessee Bar Association
Member, North Side Assembly of God
Speaker: community education, seminars, conferences, finances, adoptions
Christian Legal Society
Alliance Defense Fund Honor Guard
National Leadership Award, The National Republican Congressional
Honorary Chairman, Business Advisory Council 2003
Member, Tennessee Mental Health Law Revision Commission 1999
President Joy Fellowship Cape Girardeau, Missouri 1986-1993
Founder and Director Scott County Adoption Support Group, Sikeston, Missouri 1988-1993
President Tri County Citizen’s Advisory Group, Scott County, Missouri 1988-1993
Program Administrator ARTOP, ADEP, Sikeston, Missouri 1990-1993
Regional Advisor to State of Missouri Department of Corrections 1990-1993
Governor’s Council on Infant Mortality, Jefferson, Missouri 1990
Director, Heartland Center for Unwed Mothers, Chemical Abusers and Counseling,
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 1990-1992
House of Representatives Committee Hearing for the Hungry 1992
Member, Scott County, Missouri Infant Mortality Judicial Review Team 1991-1993
Charter Member Community Caring Council (presently recommended by Senate
as prototype for all communities) Cape Girardeau, Missouri 1989-1993
Founder, Tri County Home for Abused Children, Cape Girardeau, Missouri 1985
Calvary Temple, Jackson, Tennessee- praise and worship team 1999 – 2001


Sterling Award recipient
Children’s Justice Task
Children’s Task Force Court Improvement  Committee
Tennessee Supreme Court AOC Court Improvement Work Group
Tennessee Supreme Court AOC Court Improvement  Law Committee
Tennessee Supreme Court AOC Committee for Revision to Tennessee Rules of Juvenile Procedure
Court Improvement Program Tennessee Commission on CLE and NITA Specialization Speaker Training Workshop
Top 20 Women Professionals in West Tennessee 2013
Miss Tennessee, Missionette 1969
Miss Tennessee, C.A. 1971
Ester Award, General Council of the Assemblies of God 1982
Director’s Special Service Award, State of Missouri, Dept. Social Services 1988
Member, American Association of Christian Education
Regent University Faculty Achievement Award May 1996
TBJ Honor Roll for Pro Bono Work January 2003
TBJ Honor Roll for Pro Bono Work, February 2005
2007 Madison County CASA Attorney of the year
2007 West Tennessee Legal Services Pro Bono Attorney of the Year
Twice Candidate for the Pinnacle Award Chamber of Commerce, Jackson, Tennessee
2008 to present Trainer for the Administrative Office of the Courts regarding Juvenile Law and Family Matter


  1. Andy Bedwell

    Ms. Karnes,
    I would like more information about your consultation services for families involved in dcs cases. My case has been ongoing since 2013. I have a court appointed attorney but I received your name as a referral by a therapist who is a former CPS worker. She felt I should contact you about a consultation.
    Thank you, Andy

    1. Lanis Karnes

      Thank you for your email. For some reason this email just came to me….I am having my IT man check into the reason. I am so sorry you are going through this! Yes, I do this type of work. You can reach my office at 731-668-9529 ext. 101 and set up an initial consult and we can develop a plan to help you. The initial consult fee is $150.00.

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