ALLISON C. JENNINGS was raised in Memphis and went to the University of Tennessee, Knoxville to study history. After college, she attended law school at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama where she was a member of the National Journal of Trial Advocacy. Upon graduation, Allison worked in a private firm in Nashville and specialized in medical malpractice insurance defense and entertainment litigation. She then joined the Tennessee Attorney General's Real Property Division litigating eminent domain actions. Allison took a break from the full-time practice of law upon the birth of her triplets and assisted hospital systems with part-time contract work.
In 2016, Allison joined the Office of General Counsel at the Tennessee Department of Human Services ("DHS") as an Associate General Counsel. DHS is the state agency tasked with licensing child and adult day care agencies, administering federal benefit programs to needy citizens including Families First, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families ("TANF") food stamps ("SNAP"), and child care subsidies, enforcing child support judgments to ensure support is paid, and protecting vulnerable adults and elderly who have suffered abuse, neglect, and/or exploitation under Adult Protective Services. Her role as an Associate General Counsel primarily consists of prosecuting child care agency administrative legal enforcement actions, traveling around middle Tennessee filing injunctions against illegal child care operators, and assisting adult protective services with obtaining protective services for victims by filing emergency conservatorships/custody court proceedings, and any providing support for any legal issues that occur when placing perpetrators on the Vulnerable Persons Registry. She greatly enjoys working for DHS because it has given her both the opportunity to gain knowledge about the many services offered to needy Tennesseans, and to have a direct and tangible impact on the health, safety, and welfare of both children and adults.
Allison is married with nine-year-old triplets who are in second grade at Christ Presbyterian Academy. She attends West End Community Church. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, learning new things, and tries to remain a voice of optimism.