Professor McTear joined the law school faculty in 2013. She teaches and supervises the Family Violence Clinic, as well as Externships and she teaches Interviewing, Counseling, and Negotiation. Prior to joining the law school faculty, Professor McTear was a staff attorney for Legal Services Alabama's Montgomery Office, where she represented victims of domestic violence in civil matters in Montgomery and 8 of the surrounding counties. Beginning in October 2010, Professor McTear was an on-site partner at OnePlace Family Justice Center through LSA and provided the civil legal component of the Center's holistic services model for victims of domestic violence. She received the Family Sunshine Center's Justice for Victims Award in 2011.
Professor McTear received her B.A. in Political Science from Rhodes College and her J.D. from the University of Alabama. While at Alabama, Professor McTear was selected for membership in the Bench and Bar Honor Society and the Order of the Samaritan. She received the Dean's Community Service Award and the Alabama State Bar Volunteer Lawyer Student Award. Her work in the Domestic Violence Law Clinic while in law school was recognized by the Clinical Legal Education Association when she received their Outstanding Student Award in 2008.
Professor McTear is admitted to the Alabama State Bar and the United States District Court for the Middle District of Alabama. She is a member of the Montgomery County Bar Association and serves on the Board of Directors for both their Women's Section and Montgomery County Law Foundation. Professor McTear is active in the community through her church and the Junior League of Montgomery, where she currently sits on the Holiday Market Steering Committee and Membership Council.