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Caroline “Callie” Caldwell has been named the first public interest counselor at the University of Memphis School of Law. As a member of the career services staff, she will help implement the school’s mandatory pro bono requirement that goes into effect with the fall 2012 entering class. Among her duties, Caldwell will identify existing pro bono opportunities, work with the bench and bar to develop new opportunities and help students find pro bono work that is relevant to their planned career path. Caldwell is a 2010 graduate of the law school. She spent the last year as a judicial clerk for federal Magistrate Judge Diane Vescovo.
Matt VanCleve, associate attorney at the Pickler Law Firm, has been chosen to join the board of directors for the Collierville Chamber of Commerce and for Main Street Collierville. VanCleve also has been active in the community recently as coordinator of his firm’s newest initiative, Planning for Patriots, which provides free estate plans for military veterans and first responders. VanCleve practices in the areas of estate planning, family law and corporate law. He earned his law degree in 2010 from Florida Coastal School of Law.
Knoxville lawyer Esther Roberts Bell recently announced the opening of Global Intellectual Property Asset Management PLLC, a full-service intellectual property law firm. In addition to providing traditional intellectual property protection via copyrights, patents and trademarks, Global IP offers portfolio review, asset enhancement and risk analysis, and acquisition, licensing and technology transfer services. The firm is located at 507 S. Gay Street, Suite 910, Knoxville 37902. Bell is a 2001 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Law. Prior to forming the firm, she was an attorney with the U.S. Department of Energy and National Nuclear Security Administration and a shareholder at Pitts, Lake & Bell PC in Knoxville.
The Murfreesboro firm of Cope, Hudson, Reed & McCreary PLLC has named Tommy Santel a partner in the firm. Santel is a 2004 graduate of the Nashville School of Law. He joined the firm in 2007 after working for six years in the Rutherford County District Attorney’s Office. His practice areas include criminal defense, insurance law, governmental law and general civil litigation. Santel is a former president of the Rutherford and Cannon County bar associations and a member of the 2012 Tennessee Bar Association Leadership Law Class.
The Nashville law firm of Dodson Parker Behm & Capparella PC has added Jason Gichner as its newest associate. Gichner joins the firm’s litigation section, where he will focus on business, employment and criminal defense matters. He previously was a senior trial attorney at the Metro Nashville Public Defender’s Office. He earned his law degree from Vanderbilt University Law School.
The Nashville firm of Watkins & McNeilly PLLC has hired Jonathan R. Burns as a new associate and named Samuel P. Helmbrecht and Erik O. Thorngren as members of the firm. Burns practices in the corporate, estate planning and probate section. He earned his law degree in 2010 from the University of Mississippi and a master in tax in 2011 from Washington University in St. Louis. Helmbrecht, a 2004 graduate of the University of Dayton School of Law, practices in the area of civil litigation. Thorngren, a 1998 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Law, practices in the areas of civil litigation, estate planning and probate.
Nashville lawyer Paul Krivacka has been re-elected chairman of the Tennessee Dry Cleaners Environmental Response Board for the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation. A partner with Adams and Reese, Krivacka serves on the firm’s governmental relations, economic development, tax, appellate and environmental teams. He practices primarily in the areas of governmental relations, administrative and regulatory law, and airport, environmental and tax law.
Memphis lawyer Gregory G. Fletcher has been elected to serve on the Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz Board of Directors. Fletcher also is head of the firm’s Advocacy Department and a shareholder in the Memphis office. While serving on the board, he will maintain his civil litigation practice, which includes tax, business, construction, real estate, contracts and tort matters.
The law firm of Burch, Porter & Johnson PLLC has named Frank B. “Trey” Thacher III a member of the firm. Thacher began his practice at the firm in 2004 after graduating from Emory University School of Law. His practice focuses on plaintiffs’ medical malpractice and personal injury litigation, as well as workers’ compensation.
Nashville attorney and trial consultant Phillip H. Miller served on the faculty of two programs in March: a trial advocacy program at Harvard Law School, sponsored by the American Association for Justice (AAJ) and a strategic case planning workshop in Baton Rouge, sponsored by the Louisiana Association for Justice. In February, he was a presenter at the AAJ’s national case planning and strategy seminar and workshop in Washington, D.C. Miller, whose practice focuses exclusively on personal injury cases, is certified as a civil trial specialist of the National Board of Trial Advocacy and has been a course advisor or faculty member for 22 of its programs. He earned his law degree from the Nashville School of Law.
The Napier-Looby Bar Association recently elected new officers and board members for 2012. TBA members among them are President David Green, Corresponding Secretary Dannelle Walker, and board members L. Nicole James, Andrea Perry and William Stover. In addition, Susan Jones, Patrick Norton and Kinika Young were named to the Napier Looby Bar Foundation Board. All practice in Nashville.
The 15th Judicial Bar Association has elected officers for the 2012 term. They are President Elizabeth L. Youmans with MacPherson & Youmans, Vice President Jennifer Porth with the Law Offices of J. Stephen Brown, Secretary Lisa A. Tomlinson with MacPherson & Youmans and Treasurer Karen Parker with Agee & Agee. All practice in Lebanon.
The Association for Women Attorneys (AWA) held its 32nd annual Banquet and Silent Auction Jan. 31 in Memphis. During the event, Emily C. Taube, a partner at Adams and Reese LLC, took office as the organization’s 2012 president. She replaces Lucie K. Brackin, a partner at The Landers Firm. AWA Scholarship Chair Anita I. Lotz of Farris Bobango Branan PLC announced that the group would be awarding a total of $7,500 — up $500 over last year — to four law school students. This year’s banquet was organized by Leah Hillis of Shea, Moskovitz & McGhee and Lisa Gill of Dinkelspiel Rasmussen & Mink PLLC.
Andrew John Hazley Jr. was awarded the Rutherford & Cannon Counties Pro Bono Attorney of the Year Award for outstanding service in the community during 2011. Hazley practices in Murfreesboro with attorney Chuck Ward.
A “People” item in the March issue incorrectly stated that Nashville lawyer Jane W. Young served as ethics compliance officer for the Tennessee Department of Health prior to being appointed general counsel at the department. In fact, the ethics compliance role is a new responsibility that is part of her duties as general counsel.
Stacey A. Garrett, a founding member of Bone McAllester Norton PLLC, was honored in March as a 2012 Woman of Legend and Merit by Tennessee State University. The awards ceremony, which honored seven women in a variety of fields, featured a keynote address by U.S. Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C. Garrett focuses her practice on higher education, employment-based immigration, health care, government affairs and corporate law. She chairs the Tennessee Human Rights Commission Board and the Bone McAllester Board of Directors. She previously served on the Judicial Redistricting Study Committee and the Committee to Study the Administration of the Death Penalty.
Retired Vanderbilt Law School professor ROBERT BELTON died Feb. 9 after suffering a stroke. He was 76. A nationally recognized scholar of labor and employment and civil rights law, Belton joined Vanderbilt’s faculty in 1975 and became the first African American to be granted tenure at the school. He played an important role in mentoring minority law students, serving as faculty adviser to the Black Law Students Association and working with other African American faculty on issues of equality. On the national stage, Belton was a trailblazer in civil rights as an activist and attorney. From 1965 to 1970, he served as assistant counsel for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, where he headed a litigation campaign to enforce employment non-discrimination laws and represented the organization in several high-profile Supreme Court cases. Belton earned his law degree from Boston University in 1965.
CHARLES ALBERT “C. A.” HODGES SR. died Feb. 11 at the age of 88. A lifelong resident of Shelby County, Hodges worked for many years as a sheriff’s deputy, but is best known for his service as the county’s jury commissioner. He graduated from Southern Law University in 1949.
The family requests that any donations be sent to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis 38105.
Memphis lawyer JAMES W. HODGES JR. died Feb. 25 at the age of 58. A 1982 graduate of the Nashville School of Law, Hodges returned to Memphis after graduating to join his father’s firm, where he practiced criminal law for many years. Memorial contributions may be sent to the Kidney Foundation or the American Heart Association in his name.
Nashville criminal defense lawyer and death penalty opponent WILLIAM P. REDICK, 68, died Feb. 4 after a long battle with cancer. A 1970 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Law, Redick began his legal career in Washington, D.C., with the National Advisory Commission for Criminal Justice Standards and Goals. He was an assistant federal public defender for the Middle District of Tennessee from 1985 to 1988. Redick served as director of the Capital Case Resource Center of Tennessee (CCRC) from its founding in 1988 until its closing in 1995. In 2004, he founded the Tennessee Justice Project and served as its director and president until 2007 when he became too ill to work. In 1992, Redick was the first recipient of the Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (TACDL) Death Penalty Award; in 2003 he received the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty Legal Service Award; and in 2010 he received TACDL’s Lifetime Achievement Award. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Equal Justice Initiative of Alabama, 122 Commerce Street, Montgomery, AL 36104; Southern Center for Human Rights, 83 Poplar St. NW, Atlanta, GA 30303; and/or the W. Paul Redick Faculty Endowment Fund at Battle Ground Academy, BGA Office of Development, P.O. Box 1889, Franklin 37065.
PATRICK R. ROONEY, 61, died at his home in Franklin on Feb. 10 following a long illness. A native of Norfolk, Va., Rooney graduated from Michigan’s Thomas M. Cooley Law School in 1987. He later relocated to the Nashville area, where he practiced law. Memorial donations may be made to Feed America First, 1105 Blue Springs Rd., Franklin 37069.
Knoxville lawyer WILLIAM F. SEARLE III died Feb. 27. He was 76. Searle was a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Law and was admitted to practice in 1958. He practiced in Knoxville for more than 50 years and earned a reputation as an expert in real property law. He was with the firm of Ambrose, Wilson, Grimm & Durand when he died. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Children’s Hospital, P.O. Box 15010, Knoxville 37901, or the music fund at First Presbyterian Church, 620 State Street, Knoxville 37902.
Former Memphis Bar Association president EDWARD PRESTON ACKER SMITH died Feb. 28 at the age of 86. A 1949 graduate of Vanderbilt University Law School, he practiced law in Memphis for more than 50 years. He was a member of the American Bar Association and a fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers. At the age of 29, he was elected to the Tennessee Senate, but it was later determined that he did not meet the age requirements, and he did not serve. The family requests that donations be made to the Salvation Army; Memphis Humane Society, 935 Farm Rd., Memphis 38134; or the Second Presbyterian Chapel Class, 4055 Poplar Ave., Memphis 38111.
HENRY VON SUTTON, 80, of Memphis, died Feb. 27. A native of Crockett County, he practiced law in Memphis for 35 years. Sutton earned his law degree from Vanderbilt University Law School in 1961. He was active in Democratic Party politics, serving as co-chairman of the Democratic Executive Committee, delegate to the Democratic National Convention and a member of the Electoral College. He ran for U.S. Congress in 1966 on a platform of equality at the polls, at work and in life. Memorial donations may be sent to The Henry V. Sutton Memorial Fund at The Kirby Pines Foundation, 3535 Kirby Rd., Memphis 38115.