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Pamela L. Reeves, of the Knoxville law firm Reeves, Herbert & Murrian PA, was recently installed as president of the American College of Civil Trial Mediators, an association of 150 dispute resolution professionals from across the country. Reeves, who was the first female president of the Tennessee Bar Association in 1998, is now the first woman to serve as president of the college.

The Nashville law firm of Williams & Prochaska PC has named Victoria A. Ferraro as a partner in the firm. Ferraro, who has been with the firm since 2002, practices in the areas of creditors' rights, collection, repossession and foreclosure. She earned her law degree from the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law in 2000.

Adams and Reese LLP recently announced that two of its partners have been appointed to leadership positions with other organizations. Nashville lawyer Sam Bartholomew has been appointed to the Fort Campbell Historical Foundation's board, while Memphis lawyer Lucian Pera has been appointed as a special advisor to the American Bar Association's Standing Committee on Strategic Communications. Bartholomew has a broad practice including corporate, health care and aviation law, as well as governmental relations and economic development. Pera practices primarily in the civil trial arena. He also has a growing practice counseling and representing lawyers, law firms and others on questions of legal ethics and the professional responsibility of lawyers.

Matthew Thornton, a member of Bourland, Heflin, Alvarez, Minor & Matthews PLC in Memphis, has become a Rule 31 listed General Civil Mediator. Thornton focuses his law practice in probate and real estate matters.

Memphis lawyer Richard Carter has been chosen president of the alumni chapter of the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law. A 1980 law graduate, Carter is director and shareholder of the Memphis law firm Martin Tate Morrow & Marston PC. He will serve a one-year term. New alumni board members also have been named. Among them are TBA members Todd Presnell of Miller & Martin PLLC in Nashville (class of 1995) and John Winters of Kramer Rayson LLP in Knoxville (class of 1993). They each will serve a three-year term.

The Williamson County Bar Association has elected new officers for the bar year. TBA members among the group are President Jackson M. Welch Jr., with Sidwell, Barrett & Welch PC, and Vice President and President-elect Kim Helper, District Attorney General for the 21st Judicial District. Both are from Franklin.

Christopher G. Clark of Clarksville has been named an associate at the law firm of Patton & Pittman. He will practice in the areas of criminal defense and civil litigation. Clark previously spent six years as an assistant district attorney in Montgomery County.

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Giles County Commissioner ROBERT E. LEE JR., 87, died Aug. 12 at St. Thomas Hospital in Nashville following an extended illness. Known by many as "The Ole Judge," Lee served multiple terms as Giles County General Sessions and Juvenile Court judge and recently had been elected to the county commission. He also served as the county's first elected roads superintendent. Lee was laid to rest in Maplewood Cemetery after a memorial service at First United Methodist Church of Pulaski. The family suggests memorial donations be made to Giles County Library, Senior Citizens or Veterans Alliance.