Lawyers Overwhelmingly Support Tennessee Plan

Lawyers across the state overwhelmingly support maintaining the current plan for merit selection, performance evaluation and retention election of appellate judges according to a TBA survey of Tennessee lawyers. The survey found that TBA members support The Tennessee Plan by 83 percent while non-member lawyers support it by a slightly smaller margin of 72.3 percent. Lawyers also were asked to express their opinion about a new plan that would eliminate merit-based review of potential judges by an independent panel, and instead provide for nomination by the governor, confirmation by both houses of the General Assembly, and yes/no retention votes in subsequent years. According to the study, 73.9 percent of association members oppose that plan, while 50.2 percent “strongly oppose” it. The study, conducted by Yacoubian Research of Memphis, had a very high response rate. According to Berje Yacoubian, chief statistician at the survey research firm, the “statistically significant” response rate reflects the full demographics of the Tennessee legal community and is highly reliable.

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TN Workers Comp Appeals

RUSSELL E. DOWNING, II v. DAY & ZIMMERMAN NPS, INC., ET AL.

Court: TN Workers Comp Appeals

Attorneys:

Raymond S. Leathers, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellants, Day & Zimmerman NPS, Inc. and Zurich American Insurance Company.

Charles L. Hicks, Camden, Tennessee, for the appellee, Russell E. Downing, II.

Martha A. Campbell, Deputy Attorney General, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellee, Abigail Hudgens, Administrator of the Second Injury Fund.

Judge: CANTRELL

An employee suffered multiple injuries in a work-related accident in November 2006 when a fan located in a boiler in which he was working suddenly deployed, causing him to lose his footing and fall. After providing medical treatment, the employer denied the employee’s claim for workers’ compensation benefits, and the employee sought additional medical treatment. The trial court found the claim to be compensable and awarded the employee permanent total disability benefits. The trial court imposed no liability on the Second Injury Fund. We affirm the trial court’s judgment.


TN Court of Appeals

GEORGE EMRICH, ET AL. v. TAYLOR ADAMS, ET AL.

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys:

Terry G. Vann, Lenoir City, Tennessee, for the appellants, George Emrich and Mary Emrich.

Robert G. Hinton, Lenoir City, Tennessee, for the appellees, Taylor Adams, Wanda Adams, and Adams Roofing Company, LLC.

Judge: SWINEY

In this post-trial dispute George Emrich and Mary Emrich (“Plaintiffs”) appeal the Trial Court’s order on Taylor Adams, Wanda Adams, and Adams Roofing Company, LLC’s (“Defendants”) emergency motion for relief from order and Plaintiffs’ motion for sanctions, among other things. We find no error in the Trial Court’s March 9, 2012 order, and we affirm.


IN THE MATTER OF: JACOB H. C.

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys:

Jeffrey Spark, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellant, B. C.

Alisha Guertin Warner, Phillip R. Newman, Franklin, Tennessee, for the appellee, S. B. C.

Judge: DINKINS

Petitioner in a proceeding to modify child support filed a motion for recusal with the trial judge alleging that the judge was a personal friend and had a business relationship with the father of one of the parties. The trial judge denied the motion and the petitioner then filed this interlocutory appeal as of right pursuant to Tenn. Sup. Ct. R. 10B. We affirm the denial of the motion for recusal.


FRANCES G. RODGERS, ET AL. v. JOHN ADAM NOLL, III

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys:

Bryan E. Delius and Bryce W. McKenzie, Sevierville, Tennessee, and M. Sue White, Seymour, Tennessee, for the appellant, Frances G. Rodgers, as next friend of minors Julia Amber Noll and Joshua Aidan Noll.

Brian H. Trammell and Amy V. Peters, Knoxville, Tennessee, for the appellee, John Adam Noll, III.

Judge: SWINEY

Frances G. Rodgers, as next friend of minors Julia Amber Noll and Joshua Aidan Noll (“Plaintiff”) sued John Adam Noll (“Defendant”) for the alleged wrongful death of their mother, Lori Bible Noll (“Deceased”). During discovery, Defendant filed multiple motions alleging discovery violations. After a hearing the Trial Court entered its order on April 25, 2012, which, among other things, imposed sanctions for certain discovery violations and then dismissed Plaintiff’s case due to discovery violations. Plaintiff appeals to this Court. We find and hold that dismissal was too severe a sanction for the discovery violations found. We reverse the dismissal; remand to the Trial Court for a more appropriate award of sanctions; and affirm the remaining specific sanctions awarded by the Trial Court and the remainder of the Trial Court’s April 25, 2012 order.


TN Court of Criminal Appeals

STATE OF TENNESSEE v. TIMOTHY A. BAXTER

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys:

Bradley J. Owens and Andrea D. Sipes, Jackson, Tennessee, for the appellant, Timothy A. Baxter.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Clarence E. Lutz, Assistant Attorney General; James G. (Jerry) Woodall, District Attorney General; and Rolf Hazlehurst, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge: PAGE

A Madison County grand jury indicted appellant, Timothy Baxter, for one count of aggravated assault. A jury found him guilty as charged, and the trial court sentenced him to twelve years as a persistent offender. Appellant contends that the trial court should have granted his motion for judgment of acquittal because the evidence was insufficient to support a conviction for aggravated assault based on serious bodily injury. Specifically, he alleges that evidence of extreme physical pain did not support the determination of serious bodily injury by the jury. See Tenn. Code Ann.§ 39-11-106(a)(34) (2010). He also contends that the statutory definition of serious bodily injury is unconstitutional because it is vague and thus violates due process. Discerning no error, we affirm the judgment of the trial court.


STATE OF TENNESSEE v. JOHN BLAND

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys:

Stephen Bush, District Public Defender; Tony N. Drayton (on appeal) and Lawrence Russell White (at trial), Assistant Public Defenders; for the appellant, John Bland.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Clarence E. Lutz, Assistant Attorney General; Amy P. Weirich, District Attorney General; and Pamela Flemming, Assistant District Attorney General; for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge: WILLIAMS

After a trial by jury, the defendant was convicted of aggravated assault, a Class C felony, and carrying a handgun as a felon, a Class E felony. The defendant was sentenced as a Range III, persistent offender to twelve years for the aggravated assault and to a consecutive term of six years as a career offender for carrying the handgun as a felon. On appeal, the defendant claims that the evidence is insufficient to support his convictions and that the trial court erred by ordering him to serve his sentences consecutively. For the reasons that follow, we affirm the judgments of the trial court.


STATE OF TENNESSEE v. ROCHELLE BUSH

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys:

Paul K. Guibao, Memphis, Tennessee, for the appellant, Rochelle Bush.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Kyle Hixson, Assistant Attorney General; Amy P. Weirich, District Attorney General; and Pam Fleming, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge: WILLIAMS

After a trial by jury, the defendant was convicted of especially aggravated kidnapping, a Class A felony, and aggravated robbery, a Class B felony. She was sentenced to twenty years for the especially aggravated kidnapping and to a concurrent ten years for the aggravated robbery, for a total effective sentence of twenty years. On appeal, the defendant claims that the evidence was insufficient to support her conviction for especially aggravated kidnapping and that the trial court erred by failing to sentence her to the minimum sentence. For the reasons that follow, we affirm the judgments of the trial court.


DAKOTA CISNEROS v. STATE OF TENNESSEE

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys:

Ryan C. Caldwell, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Dakota Cisneros.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Lacy Wilber, Assistant Attorney General; Victor S. (Torry) Johnson, III, District Attorney General; and Bret Thomas Gunn, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge: TIPTON

The Petitioner, Dakota Cisneros, appeals the Davidson County Criminal Court’s denial of his petition for post-conviction relief from his 2010 convictions upon guilty pleas for aggravated sexual battery and three counts of aggravated robbery and his effective twentyfour- year sentence. On appeal, the Petitioner contends that the trial court erred by finding that his guilty pleas were knowing, voluntary, and intelligent. We affirm the judgment of the trial court.


STATE OF TENNESSEE v. SHELTON HALL

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys:

Shelton Hall, Wartburg, Tennessee, Pro Se.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Meredith Devault, Senior Counsel; William C. Whitesell, Jr., District Attorney General; and Jennings H. Jones, Assistant District Attorney General, for the Appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge: MCMULLEN

The Defendant-Appellant, Shelton Hall, appeals the revocation of his Rutherford County Circuit Court community corrections sentence. Following his revocation hearing, Hall was ordered to serve consecutive sentences of eight years for his two convictions for the sale of .5 grams or more of cocaine and twelve years for his convictions for the sale of .5 grams or more of cocaine and the sale of less than .5 grams of cocaine within 1000 feet of a school zone in the Tennessee Department of Correction. On appeal, Hall argues that (1) his probation officer wrongfully violated his community corrections sentence without just cause, and (2) the trial court abused its discretion in declining to appoint counsel, in determining that he had waived his issues, and in failing to consider his “Motion for Reconsideration of Judgment Orders” and “Motion for Modification of Judgment Orders.” Upon review, we affirm the judgment of the trial court.


STATE OF TENNESSEE V. JOSE L. HIDALGO

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys:

C. Dawn Deaner, District Public Defender; and Melissa Harrison (at trial), Mary Kathryn Harcombe (at trial), and Jeffrey A. DeVasher (on appeal), Assistant Public Defenders, for the appellant, Jose L. Hidalgo.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Benjamin A. Ball, Assistant Attorney General; Victor S. (Torry) Johnson, III, District Attorney General; Kristen E. Menke and Katrin N. Miller, Assistant District Attorneys General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge: THOMAS

The Defendant, Jose L. Hidalgo, was convicted by a Davidson County jury of four counts of sexual battery by an authority figure, one count of aggravated rape, one count of aggravated child abuse, and one count of aggravated child neglect. Thereafter, the aggravated child neglect conviction was merged with the aggravated child abuse conviction. The Defendant received sentences of four years for each count of sexual battery by an authority figure, twenty years for the aggravated rape conviction, and ten years for the aggravated child abuse conviction. The trial court ordered each of the four-year sentences to run concurrently with one another but consecutive to the remaining sentences of twenty and ten years, which were likewise to be served consecutively, resulting in a total effective sentence of thirty-four years. On appeal, the Defendant raises the following issues for our review: (1) whether the trial court erred by allowing the victim’s mother to testify in rebuttal as to when the victim reported the sexual abuse to her; (2) whether the evidence was sufficient to support his aggravated child neglect conviction; and (3) whether partial consecutive sentences were appropriate. Following our review, we affirm the jury’s verdicts of guilt for each offense and the imposition of consecutive sentencing. However, we remand for entry of corrected judgment of conviction forms to properly reflect the counts as numbered in the amended indictment and the merger of the aggravated child neglect conviction into the aggravated child abuse conviction. The judgments are affirmed in part and vacated in part, and this case is remanded to the trial court for further proceedings in accordance with this opinion.


STATE OF TENNESSEE v. EUGENE M. HOGBIN

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys:

J. Steven Stack, Assistant District Public Defender (on appeal), and Kate Dyer, Pleasant View, Tennessee (at trial), for the appellant, Eugene M. Hogbin.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Leslie E. Price, Assistant Attorney General; Dan Mitchum Alsobrooks, District Attorney General; and Robert S. Wilson, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge: WITT

A Cheatham County Circuit Court jury convicted the defendant, Eugene M. Hogbin, of two counts of aggravated sexual battery. The trial court imposed an effective sentence of 20 years’ incarceration. On appeal, the defendant challenges both the length and the alignment of the trial court’s sentencing determination. Discerning no reversible error, we affirm the judgments of the trial court.


STATE OF TENNESSEE v. TAIWAN S. HOOSIER

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys:

R. Lance Miller, Clarksville, Tennessee, for the Defendant-Appellant, Taiwan S. Hoosier.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Jeffrey D. Zentner, Assistant Attorney General; John W. Carney, Jr., District Attorney General; and Robert Nash, Assistant District Attorney General, for the Appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge: MCMULLEN

The Defendant-Appellant, Taiwan S. Hoosier, entered a guilty plea to three counts of aggravated assault, Class C felonies, in the Montgomery County Circuit Court. He was sentenced to five years each on two counts and six years on the third. The trial court ordered these sentences to be served consecutively, for an effective sentence of sixteen years in the Tennessee Department of Correction. On appeal, Hoosier claims the trial court erred in imposing a consecutive sentence. Upon review, we affirm the judgments of the trial court.


STATE OF TENNESSEE v. JERMAINE JOHNSON

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys:

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Clark B. Thornton , Assistant Attorney General; Victory S. (Torry) Johnson, III, District Attorney General; and Deborah Housel, Assistant District Attorney General, for the Appellant, State of Tennessee.

Jodie A. Bell, Nashville, Tennessee, for the Defendant-Appellee, Jermaine Johnson.

Judge: MCMULLEN

The Defendant-Appellee, Jermaine Johnson, was indicted for one count of possession with intent to sell or deliver .5 grams or more of cocaine in a drug-free zone. The trial court granted in part and denied in part Johnson’s motion to suppress evidence. Pursuant to Rule 9 of the Tennessee Rules of Appellate Procedure, we granted the State’s interlocutory appeal challenging the trial court’s suppression of 14.5 grams of cocaine found near Johnson, and we granted Johnson’s cross-appeal of the denial of his motion to suppress 1.43 grams of cocaine found on him. Upon review, we affirm the partial denial of Johnson’s motion, reverse the court’s decision to suppress evidence, and remand the case for further proceedings consistent with this opinion.


RICKY LEE NELSON a/k/a RUSSELL WELLINGTON v. STATE OF TENNESSEE

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys:

Patrick E. Stegall, Memphis, Tennessee, for the appellant, Ricky Lee Nelson a/k/a Russell Wellington.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; David H. Findley, Senior Counsel; Amy P. Weirich, District Attorney General; and Susanna Shea, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge: PAGE

Petitioner, Ricky Lee Nelson a/k/a Russell Wellington, appeals the Shelby County Criminal Court’s denial of his motion to reopen post-conviction proceedings. Upon review, we conclude that petitioner has failed to comply with the statutory requirements governing an appeal of the denial of a motion to reopen a post-conviction petition. Accordingly, this court is without jurisdiction to hear the appeal, and the appeal is dismissed.


ELGENE PORTER v. STATE OF TENNESSEE

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys:

Ben E. Bennett, Murfreesboro, Tennessee, for the appellant, Elgene Porter.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Sophia S. Lee, Senior Counsel; William Whitesell, District Attorney General; and J. Paul Newman, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge: BIVINS

Elgene Porter (“the Petitioner”) was convicted by a jury of conspiracy to commit aggravated burglary, aggravated burglary, attempted aggravated robbery, aggravated rape, and two counts of aggravated kidnapping. The trial court sentenced the Petitioner as a Range I, violent offender to an effective sentence of forty-two years’ incarceration at 100%. The Petitioner subsequently filed for post-conviction relief, which the post-conviction court denied following an evidentiary hearing. The Petitioner now appeals, arguing that he received ineffective assistance of counsel. Upon our thorough review of the record and the applicable law, we affirm the judgment of the post-conviction court.


STATE OF TENNESSEE v. GRETCHEN ROCHOWIAK

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys:

Jim R. Williams, Kingsport, Tennessee (on appeal), and Stephanie A. Sherwood, Blountville, Tennessee (at trial), for the appellant, Gretchen Rochowiak.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; DeShea Dulany Faughn, Assistant Attorney General; H. Greeley Wells, Jr., District Attorney General; and Joseph Eugene Perrin, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge: WITT

The defendant, Gretchen Rochowiak, appeals the Sullivan County Criminal Court’s denial of judicial diversion for her convictions of conspiracy to introduce contraband into a penal institution and introduction of buprenorphine into a penal institution. Discerning no error, we affirm the judgments of the trial court.


HUEDEL SPARKMAN v. STATE OF TENNESSEE

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys:

Debbie Zimmerle, Lewisburg, Tennessee, for the appellant, Huedel Sparkman.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Meredith DeVault, Assistant Attorney General; Charles Frank Crawford, District Attorney General; and Weakley E. Barnard, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge: WITT

Much aggrieved by his conviction of possession of cocaine with intent to sell or deliver, the petitioner, Huedel Sparkman, sought post-conviction relief in the Marshall County Circuit Court, alleging that, among other things, he was deprived of the effective assistance of counsel at trial. Following an evidentiary hearing, the post-conviction court denied relief. On appeal, the petitioner contends that trial counsel performed deficiently by failing to file two motions to suppress. Discerning no error, we affirm the order of the post-conviction court.


LANCE VOGEL v. STATE OF TENNESSEE

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys:

M. Trevor Galligan, McMinnville, Tennessee for the Petitioner-Appellant, Lance Vogel

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Meredith Devault, Senior Counsel, Assistant Attorney General; Lisa Zavogiannis, District Attorney General; and Joshua T. Crain, Assistant District Attorney General, for the Appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge: MCMULLEN

The Petitioner, Lance Vogel, appeals the denial of post-conviction relief from his convictions of possession of over half a gram of methamphetamine with intent to sell or deliver, initiating a process intended to result in the manufacture of methamphetamine, possession of a controlled substance, and habitual traffic offender, for which he received an effective forty-year sentence. In this appeal, he contends that he received the ineffective assistance of counsel. Upon review, we affirm the judgment of the post-conviction court.


DCS Found Liable for Shooting Deaths, Injuries

The state Department of Children’s Services (DCS) has been found liable in the deaths of a teenager and her foster father as well as for injuries to the girl’s foster mother after the biological father went on a shooting rampage. In a ruling that was unsealed last week, a judge ordered DCS to pay $875,000 after the agency was found to have overlooked a prior domestic violence charge against the father and notes in a report that he “acts like a pedophile.” The DCS caseworker also admitted backdating her signature to a date prior to the shooting on the paperwork placing the girl with the foster parents. She also was found to have checked “no” on the form as to whether there was serious physical harm to the child despite evidence to the contrary. Read more in NWTNTODAY.


DA Cleared of Criminal Acts

State Attorney General Robert Cooper has found no prosecutable criminal acts by 10th Judicial District Attorney General Steve Bebb, though a report criticizes the district attorney’s office for poor judgment, mismanagement and deficient record keeping. State Rep. Eric Watson, R-Cleveland, and Sen. Mike Bell, R-Riceville, had called on the attorney general to investigate allegations after the Times Free Press ran a series last August that alleged Bebb’s office botched important cases through ineptness or misconduct, misused taxpayer money and played favorites in criminal prosecutions.


Baumgartner Defense Makes Final Push

Lawyers for former Knox County Criminal Court Judge Richard Baumgartner are making a final push to fight federal charges that he lied to judges and a prosecutor to protect his pill-supplying girlfriend Deena Castleman. New motions filed with U.S. District Judge Ronnie Greer allege that Baumgartner could not have been collaborating in the pill distribution network since Castleman was locked up when he spoke to Anderson County Judge Don Elledge about her release. A second motion argues there is no proof that Baumgartner lied to Knox County Assistant District Attorney General Jeff Blevins when he asked Blevins to “do what you can” to help the woman, as she was facing burglary charges at the time. Baumgartner faces sentencing April 10 Knoxnews reports. Greer is expected to rule on the validity of the convictions before the sentencing.


Alternative Spring Break Activities Underway

Students from the University of Tennessee College of Law, Belmont University College of Law and University of Memphis School of Law are working throughout the month of March to help victims of domestic abuse as part of this year’s Alternative Spring Break (ASP). The students are working with immigrants who qualify for the U-visa program, which gives legal status to those who have been victims of violent crime and cooperate with law enforcement to bring perpetrators to justice. In addition to the official ASP program, a group of UT Law students is traveling to Fort Campbell as part of Vols for Vets, to offer legal assistance to service members and their families, while another group is teaching at-risk youth about the judicial system. Read more about these activities on the UT Law website.


Georgia Offers Tennessee a Deal on Water Access

Georgia lawmakers are moving closer to final passage of a resolution seeking to redraw the state line with Tennessee in hopes of gaining access to water from the Tennessee River. The Georgia Senate voted 48-2 on Monday to ask Tennessee to transfer a thin strip of land leading to the river southwest of Chattanooga as a compromise. But it also approved a provision directing the Georgia attorney general to sue for the entire area in dispute if no agreement is reached with Tennessee by the last day of next year’s General Assembly session. The Georgia House approved a similar bill last month but now must take up the Senate-passed version, the Nashville Business Journal reports. The May 2008 edition of the Tennessee Bar Journal took an extensive look at the issue.


Watson Appointed to Criminal Justice Committee

Tennessee House of Representatives Speaker Beth Harwell has appointed Rep. Eric Watson, R-Cleveland, to the Tennessee Criminal Justice Coordinating Committee. The purpose of the committee, according to Chattanoogan.com, is to identify issues in the criminal justice system that are harmful to public safety and recommend changes. Rep. Watson’s appointment commences immediately and will run until Nov. 2, 2014.


Court Hears Arguments on Prop 8

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments today in the case of California’s ban on same sex marriage. According to SCOTUSblog, the justices seemed divided on the constitutionality of the ban along ideological lines but several also expressed doubt whether the petitioners defending the ban have standing to appeal. One justice went even further suggesting that the case should be dismissed given that the social science of the effects of same-sex marriage is too new to be reliable. Court followers predict the justices will go one of two ways: ruling that the petitioners lack standing or dismissing the case because of an inability to reach a majority.


Lawyers Bowl for Big Brothers Big Sisters

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee is hosting a bowling event for the legal profession, called "Lawyers for Littles," to raise money for the organization. The event will take place May 9 at 5:30 p.m. at Nashville’s Hillwood Strike and Spare. Lawyers, law firms, legal organizations and legal vendors are invited to form five-person teams to compete for the best bowling score, team name, costumes or bowling shirts and, most importantly, the most money raised. If you or your firm would like to form a team or play on a team with other lawyers, email Tom Shumate or call him at (615) 742-4800. Learn more about the event and register under the "Lawyers for Littles" group.


Memphis Law Graduation to Feature Kennedy Jr.

Robert F. Kennedy Jr., the son of the late presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy, will be the graduation speaker for the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys Law School graduation on May 12. The ceremony will begin at 3 p.m. at the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts. Kennedy is a professor of environmental law at Pace University School of Law and serves as co-director of the school’s Environmental Litigation Clinic. Among his other roles, he serves as senior attorney and advisor to several other environmental organizations. Read more in the Memphis Daily News.


Services Held Monday for Memphis Lawyer

Memphis attorney Liza Shannon McClure, 66, died last Wednesday (March 20) at Germantown Methodist Hospital after a long illness. She received her law degree from the University of Memphis and practiced family law for many years in both private and public sectors. In recent years, McClure was a passionate advocate for animal rescue in general, and her beloved Italian Greyhounds in particular. She established a foundation for the safe housing of dogs, and mentored many others on how they could do the same. Services were held Monday. The family requests that memorials be made to The Humane Society of Memphis & Shelby County, 935 Farm Rd., Memphis, TN 38134. Read more about her life in The Commercial Appeal.


Pronoun Error in News Item

A news item in yesterday’s issue of TBA Today incorrectly used a masculine pronoun in referring to U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Marian F. Harrison in the Middle District of Tennessee. The TBA regrets the error.


 
 

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