Fellows Induct New Members, Honor Larry Wilks

The TBA YLD Fellows held its annual meeting, presented its annual service award and inducted new members at the YLD & Fellows Dinner, held in conjunction with the TBA Convention. New officers elected were President Angelia Morie Nystrom with the University of Tennessee in Knoxville; Vice President Andrew V. Sellers with Purcell Sellers & Craig in Jackson; Secretary Charlotte Knight Griffin with Memphis Light, Gas & Water in Memphis; and Treasurer J. Russell Parkes with Hardin, Parkes, Kelley & Carter in Columbia. Cynthia Richardson Wyrick with Ogle, Gass & Richardson in Sevierville assumed the office of immediate past president. Read more and see photos from the event.

The group also welcomed nine new members: Tara M. Aaron with Aaron Sanders Law in Nashville; Tasha C. Blakney with Eldridge, Blakney & Trant in Knoxville; Anna Banks Cash with the Office of the 26th District Attorney in Jackson; E. Evan Cope with Cope, Hudson, Reed & McCreary in Murfreesboro; L. Carter Massengill with Massengill, Caldwell & Coughlin in Bristol; Alicia Brown Oliver with Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel in Chattanooga; Candice Reed with Ceridian Corporation in Nashville; and Michael P. Sayne with Pilot Travel Centers in Knoxville. Knoxville lawyer Harry P. Ogden was named an honorary Fellow for his support and mentoring of young lawyers. He practices with Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz.

Above: Cindy Wyrick (left) welcomes Harry Ogden as the YLD Fellows 2012
Honorary Fellow

Finally, the Fellows awarded it annual William M. Leech Jr. Public Service Award to former Springfield lawyer and TBA president Larry Dean Wilks, who died Aug. 30, 2011. The award, presented posthumously, recognized Wilks’s service to the practice of law, the bar and the profession. The award was presented by Wyrick and accepted by Wilks' widow Jan and son John. Given annually by the TBA Young Lawyers Division Fellows, the Leech Award is named for former Attorney General William M. Leech. It honors a lawyer who has given outstanding service to the profession, legal system and the community.

Above: Jan Wilks thanks the TBA YLD Fellows for recognizing her late
husband and former TBA president Larry Wilks with the 2012 Leech Award