Former Memphis Bar President Dies

Memphis attorney James E. Leary died March 13. A graduate of the Southern University School of Law, Leary opened a law practice in Memphis in July 1954. In 1976, he was admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court. Leary served simultaneously as president of the Memphis Shelby County Bar Association and the Tennessee Defense Lawyers Association in 1970-1971. He retired in 1981. A veteran of World War II, Leary was a member of the Military Order of the World Wars and served as commander of the Memphis chapter from 1987-1988 and as commander of the Tennessee Department for one year. Funeral services were held March 17 at Memorial Park Funeral Home with burial at Memorial Park Cemetery. Read more about his life in The Commercial Appeal.