Dacey Cockrill began working with Eric Buchanan and Associates as a Client Assistant in 2014. She worked directly with clients answering their questions, keeping them updated on their case, and providing personable and patient customer service. Dacey also worked for the firm as a Law Clerk during her third year of law school. In this position, she furthered her knowledge of disability law and conducted legal research that was crucial to the success of clients’ cases. Dacey joined the firm as an Associate Attorney in 2018.
During her time at the firm, Dacey has seen how upsetting and difficult pursuing disability benefits can be. She knows that clients need someone who is familiar with the application process, disability law, and insurance company practices to take care of their legal concerns when they are facing medical and financial challenges. Dacey enjoys being able to provide clients with dedicated advocacy and being able to support them through an unfamiliar, and potentially overwhelming, process.
In addition to being an attorney, she enjoys spending time with her friends and family (particularly her adorable niece), reading for pleasure, running, listening to podcasts, and taking far too many pictures of her cat.
Education and Experience
During law school at the University of Tennessee, Dacey served as a tutor for lower-level students. Dacey loves teaching and explaining complicated legal concepts in easy-to-understand terms, so she will be happy to make sure you understand every aspect of your case. Dacey volunteered consistently for multiple pro bono and community service organizations throughout law school. In her third year of law school, Dacey worked at the Domestic Violence Legal Clinic where she helped low-income clients in Knox County obtain Orders of Protection. Domestic Violence clinic gave Dacey the opportunity to support and assure clients in stressful situations while also walking them through the legal process and court procedures. These experiences led Dacey to pursue a career helping real people who are facing difficult situations with potentially limited resources.
Eric Buchanan & Associates, Chattanooga, Tennessee
- Client Assistant: 2014-2015
- Law Clerk: 2017-2018
- Associate: 2018-Present
University of Tennessee Chattanooga, 2015
- Bachelor of Science in Political Science: Legal Studies, magna cum laude
University of Tennessee College of Law, 2018
- Juris Doctor, magna cum laude
- Legal Aid of East Tennessee Saturday Bar
- Tennessee Faith and Justice Alliance Legal Advice Clinic
- Tennessee Access to Justice Commission Virtual Legal Aid Clinic
- Knoxville Area Rescue Ministries
- Tennessee State Bar Association, 2018
Awards and Recognition
- Chancellor’s Award for Extraordinary Professional Promise, 2018
- Tennessee College of Law Academic Success Fellow, 2016-2018