Shelby Ward
Staff Attorney

Shelby Ward

Shelby joined TCWN in 2016. She directs the TCWN litigation program and meets in-house legal needs. Prior to joining TCWN, she practiced family law and environmental law as a sole practitioner. She also worked as an aquatic ecologist.

Her activities in the conservation community are varied. Shelby is a co-founder of the annual Appalachian Public Interest Environmental Law Conference in Knoxville. She also serves on the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) Southeast Regional Council and the Knoxville Chapter National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Environmental and Climate Justice Committee.

While a student at the University of Tennessee College of Law, Shelby served as a staff editor to the Tennessee Journal of Law & Policy and president of the Environmental Law Organization. She graduated from law school in 2011 and earned a Master of Science in Ecology from the University of Tennessee in 2015. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Bachelor of Arts in History from Howard University.

She enjoys identifying freshwater macroinvertebrates and rafting with her sister. Shelby lives in Knoxville with her husband and daughter.