Wendy J. Tucker
Wendy S. Tucker has been a licensed attorney in Tennessee for over 25 years. A graduate of Tulane University and Tulane Law School, Ms. Tucker came to Nashville in 1992 and spent the first decade of her legal career representing defendants in criminal cases. She spent seven years as an Assistant Public Defender, representing indigent defendants in cases ranging from criminal trespass to double homicide. In 2000, Ms. Tucker moved into private practice, still focusing her work on criminal defense. Ms. Tucker has represented defendants in several high-profile cases. After her oldest daughter was born with a disability, Ms. Tucker began representing families of children with disabilities in education-related matters and founded the Special Education Advocacy Center of Tennessee in 2011 with Erin Richardson, serving as its Executive Director for a period of time. She served for 5 years on the Tennessee Board of Education and was previously Co-CEO of Project Renaissance, a local non-profit with a focus on improving public education across Davidson County. She has also been an adjunct professor at Vanderbilt University School of Law since 2001, where she teaches trial advocacy. Currently, Wendy serves as the Director of Policy at the National Center for Special Education in Charter Schools, where she works at both the federal and state level across the country, to ensure that students with disabilities have equal access to quality education in charter schools.