About Julia Spannaus


Julia Spannaus has focused her work on Family Law, Child Custody, family-based immigration and serving families with unique needs as they interact with state agencies.

Julia represented child welfare agencies in the State of Tennessee and the City of New York for a combined five years, and has worked as a private attorney since 2012.  She regularly works in Knox, Loudon and Blount Counties, and will also travel to Monroe, Sevier, Jefferson and other East Tennessee counties as needed for your case.

Julia donates time to pro bono work in addition to her law practice and also offers a sliding fee scale for clients with compelling needs and documented limited resources.  She maintains a commitment to public service and will work hard to ensure that your rights are protected.

Contact Julia Spannaus now, at (865) 984-1923, to set up a free consultation.


Speaking Engagements and Publications

August, 2016; Presenter, Highlights of the New Tennessee Rules of Juvenile Procedure, Knoxville Bar Association CLE

September, 2015; Author, Naming Names, DICTA Magazine, Knoxville Bar Association

July, 2015; Presenter, Bristol Bar Association, Family Court Aspects of Special Immigrant Juvenile Status

November, 2014 and April 2015; Presenter, Legal Topics, Blount County After School Program at Fairview Friends

October, 2014; Presenter, ABCs of Representing Unaccompanied Immigrant Children, University of Tennessee College of Law Symposium

May, 2014; Author, Technology for Lawyers, Word Processor Alternatives, DICTA Magazine, Knoxville Bar Association

April, 2014; Co-Author, Technology for Lawyers, Internet-Based Fax Services, DICTA Magazine, Knoxville Bar Association

October 4, 2013; Panel Moderator, “Ripples in the Pond, Spotting the Issues that can Make a Difference – An Update for Attorneys Representing Children and Families,” presented by the Knoxville Bar Association Committee on Unmet Legal Needs of Children.

2006-2007; Senior Symposium Editor, Environmental Law Review, Fordham University School of Law.  Symposium Topic “Environment as a Human Right”.

Legal Work Experience

2012 – Present; Solo Practitioner, Family Law Attorney based in Maryville, Tennessee

2011 – 2012; Regional General Counsel, Tennessee Department of Children’s Services, Smoky Mountain Region (Blount, Cocke, Grainger, Claiborne, Sevier, Hamblen and Jefferson Counties)

2009 – 2011; Staff Attorney, Tennessee Department of Children’s Services, Blount and Jefferson Counties

2007 – 2009; Staff Attorney, NYC Administration for Children’s Services, Brooklyn, New York

2007; Externship with The Door, prepared and filed Special Immigrant Juvenile Status and Asylum applications for children who were abused, neglected or abandoned in New York City and the surrounding areas.

2006 – 2007; Lincoln Center Legal Services, Family Law Clinic and International Justice Clinic, New York City

2005; Leitner Center Summer Fellowship, Research project covering the transitioning foster care system as Romania modified standards of care for admission into the European Union.  Project hosted by a small NGO in Constanta, Romania.

2001; Internship, US Senate Office of Senator Bill Frist

Bar Associations, Committees and Groups

2016 – Present; Member, American Immigration Lawyer’s Association

2015 – Present; Board Member, Vice President of the Board, Haven House

2013 – Present; Member, Tennessee Bar Association

2013 – Present; Member, East Tennessee Law Association for Women (ETLAW)

2012 – Present; Member, Knoxville Bar Association (KBA)

2013 – Present; Member, KBA Committee on the Unmet Legal Needs of Children

2013; Steering Committee Member for Family Recovery Court, Knox County Juvenile Court

2013; Legal Aid of East Tennessee Pro Bono Honor Roll, Blount County

Bar Admissions and Specializations

2015 – Present; Certified Child Welfare Law Specialist, NACC Certification

2009 – Present; Tennessee Bar, Active License

2008 – 2012; New York State Bar, 2nd Department


2007; Fordham University School of Law, JD

2002; Georgetown University, MA

2000; University of Tennessee, Knoxville, BA

Appellate Work

2014; http://www.tsc.state.tn.us/sites/default/files/in_re_elr.pdf, Loudon County Chancery Court; Termination of Parental Rights on grounds of abandonment by parents, upheld on appeal;

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