New AWA President Brings Unique Life Experience to Job

Memphis lawyer Fran Riley was installed as president of the Association for Women Attorneys at the organization’s recent annual banquet and silent auction. Riley, who is a law clerk to the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Tennessee, says she plans to continue the group’s traditional programs but also institute a formal mentoring program for law students and professionals. In an interview with the Memphis Daily News, Riley disclosed a little-known fact about her background: before becoming a lawyer, she worked on the initial conceptual design for turning the Lorraine Motel into the National Civil Rights Museum.