Faculty & Staff
Dr. Daniel Bennett is the newest addition to the EKU Paralegal Program faculty. He will be teaching POL 464, Law and the Politics of Civil Rights this summer. Dr. Bennett attended George Fox University in Newberg, Oregon, where he earned his B.A. in Political Science. He then attended Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois where he earned his Ph.D. in Political Science, concentrating in the fields of Public Law and American Politics.
Dr. Bennett began his university teaching career at the University of Washington-Tacoma in September 2013, where he has been teaching courses in law and American politics. He will bring those skills to Richmond in June to join the Eastern Kentucky University Department of Government as an assistant professor. He will be accompanied by his wife Caitlyn, son Henry, and soon to be born daughter Margaret.
His research examines the intersection of law, politics, and religion in the United States. Dr. Bennett’s most current projects are focused on Christian conservative legal organizations, and their legal advocacy on behalf of the Christian Right in American society. Teaching is truly a calling for Dr. Bennett and he felt it in his first semester of college. As he progressed and learned more about political science and the legal system, he began to realize he would enjoy teaching these subjects to college students.
Dr. Melinda Murphy is a tremendous asset for the EKU Paralegal Program. She has been teaching and facilitating for the EKU Paralegal Program for four years. She also serves on the EKU Paralegal Program Advisory Board.
Dr. Murphy is a native of Wisconsin who currently resides in Richmond Kentucky with her husband, fifteen year old daughter, and her miniature Schnauzer. She earned her undergraduate degree in criminal justice with a minor in political science from Baldwin-Wallace College, where she graduated Summa Cum Laud. She then attended The University of Akron, School of Law and earned her Juris Doctorate. Her career path then consisted of private law, including family law, the course she often teaches at EKU. She has many professional interests. She is active in several programs including but not limited to: EKU Paralegal Advisory Committee, Board Member; Richmond Chamber of Commerce, Board Member; Appalachian Research & Defense Fund of KY, Board Member; Madison County Estate Planning Council, CLE Committee; and the Arlington Association.
Dr. Murphy explains that she teaches for the paralegal program because she enjoys teaching and sharing her real world experience with students. It also gives her the opportunity to learn from her students and stay up to date on issues that are important to the rising generation of legal scholars. When she is not working for the department or serving her community she enjoys traveling, volunteering, reading biographies, and spending times with her friends and family.
Prof. Lynnette Noblitt joined the paralegal faculty in 2005 and has served as program director since that time. She received a B.S. in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry from Yale University, a M.S. in Biochemistry from the University of Michigan, and a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School.
Prior to joining the faculty, Prof. Noblitt worked in the Intellectual Property Group of Ropes & Gray in New York City. While at Ropes & Gray, she practiced patent litigation, trademark prosecution, and intellectual-property licensing.
She teaches LAS 210, Introduction to Law and LAS 399, Paralegal Internship. She conducts research in intellectual property issues and other legal matters. She also conducts research in her classes, introducing new teaching techniques, such as simulations, to teach legal concepts and communication skills.
Prof. Thomas Parker joined the paralegal faculty in 2007. He is a graduate of Yale University with a bachelor’s degree in political science. He has a master’s degree in Educational Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He earned his law degree from the University of Michigan Law School.
Prior to joining the faculty, Prof. Parker practiced law at Fish & Neave, LLP, in New York City. While at Fish & Neave, he practiced patent litigation and licensing. He then entered legal education as the Director of the Office of Student Affairs at Brooklyn Law School.
He teaches LAS 210, Introduction to Law; LAS 220, Legal Research & Writing I;LAS 300, Legal Research & Writing II; and LAS 410, Paralegal Seminar.
Dr. Elaine Tackett joined the paralegal faculty in 1990. She received her B.S. degree (a double major in Psychology and Sociology) and her M.A. (in Psychological Counseling) from EKU, and her J.D. at the Salmon P. Chase College of Law.
Prior to joining the faculty, Dr. Tackett practiced general civil litigation and criminal law at Wilson, Wright & Tackett Law Offices in Louisa, Kentucky. She also practiced civil litigation at the Appalachian Research and Defense Fund in Harlan, Kentucky.
She teaches LAS 220, Legal Research & Writing I, which is taken by many pre-law as well as paralegal students. She also teaches LAS 330, Family Law; LAS 350 and 355, Litigation courses; and LAS 385, Law Office Computing and Administration.
Dr. Linda Wimberly joined the paralegal faculty of the Department of Government in 1986. She is a graduate of the University of Kentucky as a communications major. She received her law degree at the University of Kentucky College of Law.
Prior to joining the faculty, Dr. Wimberly practiced law at the Office of the Attorney General for the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Dr. Wimberly continues to be active in the practice of law. She and her husband, Clint Wimberly, share a civil law practice in Richmond, Kentucky that specializes in real estate.
She teaches LAS 300, Legal Research & Writing II; LAS 360, Probate Practice and Procedure; LAS 370, Corporations and Business Organization Practice; LAS 380, Administrative Agency Practice; and LAS 410, Paralegal Seminar.