Linda Warren Seely attended University of Memphis for both undergraduate and law school. In undergraduate school she served as intern for Tennessee State Legislative assembly working mainly on issues affecting the elderly. Linda began her career as law clerk with Memphis Area Legal Services and then as staff attorney before going into private law practice in Memphis for several years. She returned as Managing Attorney for Senior Citizens Project at Memphis Area Legal Services and was later promoted to manager of Pro Bono Projects. After marrying her second husband, she, her new husband and her two children moved to Jackson, Tennessee where she worked as Pro Bono Projects Manager for West Tennessee Legal Services. She served as member of the Madison County Bar Association Board of Directors, President of the Association of Women Attorneys-Anne Schneider Chapter and Seventh District Representative on the Tennessee Bar Association Board of Bar Governors. Linda currently serves in the House of Delegates for the Tennessee Bar Association and was formerly on the Board of Directors for the Association of Women Attorneys Foundation as the President. Linda is the recipient of the Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services’ Cooperative Advocacy Award in 1999, the Tennessee Bar Association Public Service Attorney of the Year Award in 2003 and Paralegal Utilization Award from the West Tennessee Chapter of the Tennessee Paralegal Association in 2004. She was also awarded the Tennessee Bar Association President’s Award at the TBA Annual Conference in June of 2006 for work on Stand Up and Deliver initiative and received the same award in June of 2009 for work on the For All Initiative. She was recognized by the Memphis Woman Magazine as one of 50 Women Who Make a Difference in August of 2006. She is a Past President of the Tennessee Lawyers Association for Women (2005-2006) and served as a consultant with the American Bar Association Center for Pro Bono and presented at the A.B.A. Equal Justice Conference annual “Nuts and Bolts of Running a Pro Bono Project” from 2005-2015. Linda was elected to the Board of Directors for the Memphis Bar Association and served President for the Association in 2013. She received the Association of Women Attorney’s Marion Griffin-Frances Loring Award in January of 2014 in recognition of outstanding achievements in and for the legal profession and in April 2015, Linda was recognized by the Jackson Sun and the Business and Professional Women’s Association as a Sterling Award winner for being one of the 20 most influential women in West Tennessee. Before she took her current position, Linda was elected to the Board of Trustees for the Tennessee Bar Foundation and as a member of the Board of Directors of the CASA program in Madison County for 2015-2016. She recently left her position in Memphis as Director of Pro Bono Projects at Memphis Area Legal Services where she worked from 2004-2016 to take the position of Director of the Dispute Resolution Section of the American Bar Association in Washington D.C. In March of 2017, she received the Grayford Gray Award from the Tennessee Association of Professional Mediators.
As an active member of her church, First United Methodist Church in Jackson, she recently serving as chair of the Board of Trustees and served the Annual Memphis Conference of the United Methodist Church as the Peace with Justice Advocate for 8 years.
Linda is also a Rule 31 Listed mediator with the Tennessee Supreme Court and formerly served as President of the Board of the Conflict Resolution Center for West Tennessee. She provides pro bono mediations for the United Methodist Church and Juvenile Courts in West Tennessee. She served on the Tennessee Supreme Court’s Access to Justice Commission Mediation, Faith Based and Pro Bono subcommittees, served on the board of trustees for the Tennessee Bar Foundation, is the President of the Association for Women Attorneys Foundation and also worked with A Step Ahead Foundation to remove barriers to accessing long acting reversible contraceptives for women.