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Deadline Nearing for TBALL Nominations

Nominations for the 2015-2016 Leadership Law class are due by end of day on Sept. 7. Please send your nomination forms by mail, e-mail or fax to the TBA. You may also submit nominations online. Contact Kate Prince at the TBA for more information.

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TBA Welcomes New Staff Members

The Tennessee Bar Association this month welcomed three new staff members. Brenda Gadd is the TBA’s new public policy coordinator. She will work closely with the Government Affairs Committee to help represent the TBA and its members before the General Assembly and other policy making bodies. Also new to the TBA is Kate Prince, who will serve as TBA Leadership Law Coordinator, as well as manage the TBA’s Mentoring Program and work with a new committee studying advancements in the delivery of legal services. Finally, TBA welcomed Amelia Ferrell, the newest addition to its communications team. Ferrell will write for TBAToday and the Tennessee Bar Journal, as well as expand TBA’s activity on social media platforms and coordinate media relations.

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Knoxville Lawyer Receives TBA Leadership Award

Lambert Selected by Leadership Class Members for Recognition

NASHVILLE, June 29, 2015 — Knoxville lawyer Regina Lambert was presented with the Larry Dean Wilks Leadership Award by fellow members of the Tennessee Bar Association’s 2015 Leadership Law class during the group’s graduation ceremonies in Memphis this month. She is the fourth recipient of the award.

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Lawyers Complete 2015 TBA Leadership Program

Class of 36 graduates at TBA convention in Memphis

NASHVILLE, June 29, 2015 — Thirty-six attorneys from across the state graduated from the Tennessee Bar Association’s Leadership Law program during the association’s annual convention in Memphis this month.

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Leadership Law Honors Donelson

The Leadership Law Class of 2015 honored Lewis Donelson for his continuous dedication and service to TBALL during the Opening Retreat at Montgomery Bell State Park on Jan. 10. TBALL founder and former TBA president John Tarpley presented Donelson with a plaque in appreciation of his 12 consecutive years as an Opening Retreat speaker.

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TBALL Class of 2015

Another year is coming to a close for the 12th annual Leadership Law class. The 36 class members began their journey in January during the Opening Retreat at Montgomery Bell State Park. In addition to enjoying the delicious Catfish Buffett of Love, they heard from perennial program favorites Janice Brown, Randy Kinnard and, of course, Buck Norris. In February, the class braved the “Snowmageddon” to participate in “Issues in Policy and Politics” in Nashville. Due to the inclement weather, we held a postponed session and a make-up session. During both sessions, the class participated in the first-ever Mock Senate Judiciary Committee Meeting led by former TBA Public Policy Coordinator Josie Beets and heard from Rep. Jim Cooper, lawyer lobbyists, lawyer legislators, and more. The class members who attended the second session even had a brief, impromptu chat with Gov. Bill Haslam during a tour of the State Capitol. TBALL traveled to Murfreesboro to hear from the Supreme Court and U.S. Attorney Ed Stanton in March for “Issues in the Courts” and participate in a community service project in Knoxville in April for “Issues in Community Leadership.” They returned back to Nashville in May for “Leadership in Action,” during which they were questioned on the spot for the always-entertaining Media Training. The class will conclude programming in Memphis next week with a tour of the Civil Rights Museum and a presentation by attorney Walter Bailey. Graduation and award ceremonies will take place at Bleu restaurant. Join us in welcoming the newest alumni!

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Alumni Happenings

Candice Reed (2008) recently announced that, in addition to leading her company (Candice Reed Consulting), she is now working with Latitude, a Nashville-based legal services company. She most recently served as VP, Chief Ethics Officer and Corporate Counsel at Comdata. Through a variety of services, from individual coaching and online CLEs to workshops and associate training programs, Candice Reed Consulting helps attorneys and their organizations thrive. Her work with Latitude, which provides elite attorneys to leading companies and law firms, includes strategic growth, business development and attorney recruiting initiatives.

Trajan Carney, Steve Elkins (2006) and Leslie Curry are pleased to announce the formation of the law firm Carney|Elkins|Curry, PLC in Nashville, Tennessee. Carney|Elkins|Curry will provide client-centered, results oriented legal representation to a wide variety of both individual and business clients. The firm will engage in a general civil litigation and appellate practice, with a primary focus on construction law, general business litigation, administrative and regulatory law, and labor and employment law. In addition, the firm will offer a variety of estate planning and probate services.

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2015 Annual Alumni Meeting

Join us as we revitalize the TBALL Alumni Association! Do you have ideas for retreats, CLE opportunities or social events? Want to host a fall reception? Share your thoughts about what you want out of your alumni association at the annual alumni meeting on Friday, June 19, at 2:30 p.m. during the TBA Annual Convention in Memphis. Email bsims@tnbar.org for more information.

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Boogie Down at the TBALL Graduation Party

Pack your dancin’ shoes and boogie down with the newest alumni at the Leadership Law graduation after-party next week during the TBA Annual Convention in Memphis. Co-hosted by the YLD, the party will be held at the Rum Boogie Bar (182 Beale St.) on Friday, June 19, 9:30pm-12:30am. Must show ID to enter. Hope to see you there!

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Politics, Policy Focus for TBALL Class Session

Despite challenging weather across the state, members of the TBA Leadership Law class met today in Nashville for a day learning about in policy and politics. The class heard from U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper, state Sen. Jeff Yarbro and two lawyer lobbyists. Class members also participated in a mock legislative committee meeting to learn more about how the legislative process works. They capped off the day by attending TBA’s annual Big Shrimp Reception honoring members of the General Assembly and legislative staff.

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Former TBALL Director Named NBA Director

The Nashville Bar Association has hired Monica Mackie as its new executive director. She replaces Gigi Woodruff. TBA Executive Director Allan Ramsaur applauded the move saying, “We congratulate our long-time former colleague in her new role at our sister organization the Nashville Bar Association. We look forward to continuing our cooperative and productive relationship with the NBA and exploring with Monica new ways that we can work together to benefit the justice system and the bar.” Mackie, who most recently ran her own consulting business, worked at the TBA from 1998 to 2012, first as financial administrator and then as director of the Leadership Law program.

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Leitner Williams Names New Managing Partner

Chattanooga lawyer M. Andrew Pippenger has been named the new managing partner at Leitner, Williams, Dooley and Napolitan, which has offices in Chattanooga, Knoxville, Nashville, Memphis and Atlanta. Pippenger, a 1996 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Law, joined the firm in 1998. Among his other professional achievements, he is a graduate of the TBA Leadership Law program. Chattanoogan.com has more on the story.

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Leadership Law Honors Donelson

The TBA Leadership Law program honored Lewis R. Donelson III Saturday during the 12th annual Leadership Law Opening Retreat. Donelson, founding member of the Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz law firm, has attended the retreat since the program’s inception in 2004. Former TBA President John Tarpley presented Donelson with a plaque in appreciation of his dedication and service to Leadership Law. Donelson spoke to the class of 36 attorneys about his involvement in such historic state events as the Memphis sanitation workers’ strike, school reform and the coup to remove Gov. Ray Blanton.

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New TBALL Class Kicks Off at Retreat

The TBA's Leadership Law Class of 2015 kicks off this week with a three-day retreat at Montgomery Bell State Park. Along with presentations from TBA President Jonathan Steen and a number of program graduates, the group will hear from leaders in the Tennessee legal community, including Lewis Donelson, Byron Trauger, Judge Pamela Reeves, Abby Rubenfeld, John Day, Gordon Bonnyman, Alberto Gonzales and Randy Kinnard. The six-month program continues with monthly sessions before graduation at the TBA Annual Convention this June in Memphis.

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37 Lawyers Selected for 2015 Leadership Law Class

The Tennessee Bar Association has selected 37 lawyers from across the state to participate in the 2015 Leadership Law class. Now in its 12th year, the Leadership Law program is designed to equip Tennessee lawyers with the vision, knowledge and skills necessary to serve as leaders in their profession and local communities. The class will meet for its first session in January, and then spend the next six months learning about leadership in the legal profession, issues in the courts, policymaking in state government and the importance of community service. View the list of class members.

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TBA Selects Attorneys for 2015 Leadership Law Class

37 lawyers from across the state join six-month leadership training program

NASHVILLE, Nov. 12, 2014 — Now in its 12th year, Leadership Law is designed to equip Tennessee lawyers with the vision, knowledge and skills necessary to serve as leaders in their profession and local communities. The class will meet for its first session in January, and then spend the next six months learning about leadership in the legal profession, issues in the courts, policymaking in state government and the importance of community service.

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Get Involved

Want to get more involved with TBALL? The alumni association has an opening for an East Tennessee Representative. The position is a three-year appointment. Contact Leadership Law Coordinator Brittany Sims for more information.

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Alumni Happenings

Brad Morgan (2013) has been appointed the Associate Director for the Institute for Professional Leadership and Values Development at the University of Tennessee.

Sonya Wright (2014) gave birth to Spencer Allen Wright on August 15, 2014. He weighed 7 lbs 3 oz and measured 20 ¾ inches. Parents and baby are doing well. Wright is a member of Hagan & Farrar, PLLC in Murfreesboro.

Hagan & Farrar, PLLC has added a new associate, I’Ashea Myles Dihigo, a 2014 graduate of the inaugural class at Belmont School of Law. This brings the firm to five attorneys, led by three TBALL alumna, Mary Beth Hagan (2013), Amy J. Farrar (2011) and Sonya Wright (2014). Hagan & Farrar, PLLC is a full-service business law and litigation firm focusing on construction law, appellate law, and first party insurance litigation.

Morgan & Akins, PLLC — founded by Nashville attorneys Mike Morgan and Nick Akins (2014) — is excited to announce the opening of two new office locations in Atlanta and Lexington, Kentucky. Along with the Nashville office, these locations will serve clients throughout the Southeast in Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi. Morgan & Akins attorneys specialize in a variety of practice areas, with a focus on workers’ compensation and insurance defense. For more information on practice areas and office locations please visit www.morganakins.com.

Jeff Yarbro (2011) won his primary race for the Tennessee State Senate on Aug. 7. He will be on the November general election ballot as the Democratic nominee for the 21st Senate District in Nashville. He is grateful to all TBALL alums who supported and encouraged him along the way.

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Bring Your Nominees to the TBALLA Receptions

In a change of policy this year, the Leadership Law Steering Committee is encouraging nominators and alumni to speak with their nominees about the program. We hope all alumni share their wonderful TBALL experiences with their nominees and encourage them to apply by Oct. 10. The Alumni receptions this year are open to potential applicants to meet alumni and Steering Committee members before they apply. As usual, alumni will get to fellowship and reminisce with fellow alumni! The reception in Memphis at Glankler Brown was a huge success; many thanks to Andre Mathis (2014) for hosting! Please join us at the other receptions in Chattanooga, Knoxville, and Nashville. RSVP with Brittany Sims

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TBA Members Honored for Service to Profession

Former TBA president George “Buck” Lewis was recognized by the Supreme Court for his service as Chair of the Access to Justice Commission during the TBA Annual Convention in Gatlinburg. Lewis was presented with a certificate of appreciation signed by the entire Court during the June 12 Bench Bar luncheon. At the YLD’s Annual Board Dinner also held during Convention, outgoing president David McDowell presented the President’s Award to Murfreesboro lawyer Aimee Luna for her exceptional efforts educating Tennessee lawyers and librarians about free legal resources through this year’s YLD public service project. Brad Carter of Franklin and Ashley Holliday of Jackson also received special recognition awards. Carter was recognized for six years of service to the YLD, most notably as chair of the Wills for Heroes Committee. Holliday was recognized for her support for the Diversity Leadership Institute.

Also at the convention, Nashville lawyer Lynne Ingram was presented with the Larry Dean Wilks Leadership Award by fellow members of the TBA’s 2014 Leadership Law class during the group’s graduation ceremonies in Gatlinburg. The award, named for former TBA President Larry D. Wilks, recognizes a Leadership Law class member with exceptional leadership qualities. Ingram, an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee, is the third recipient of the award.

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Nashville Lawyer Receives TBA Leadership Award

Ingram Selected by Fellow Leadership Class Members for Recognition

NASHVILLE, June 24, 2014 — Nashville lawyer Lynne T. Ingram was presented with the Larry Dean Wilks Leadership Award by fellow members of the Tennessee Bar Association's 2014 Leadership Law class during the group's graduation ceremonies in Gatlinburg. She is the third recipient of the award and the first woman selected for the honor.

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Lawyers Complete 2014 TBA Leadership Program

Class of 31 graduates at TBA convention in Gatlinburg

NASHVILLE, June 24, 2014 — Thirty-one attorneys from across the state graduated from the Tennessee Bar Association’s Leadership Law program during the association's annual convention in Gatlinburg.

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Nashville Lawyers Form New Litigation Firm

Former Nashville Bar Association (NBA) President Scott Sims of Walker Tipps & Malone and Sherrard & Roe litigation practice head Sam Funk are forming a new firm, the Nashville Post reports. Sims Funk PLC will open its doors at 3310 West End Ave. on Thursday. Funk said the new firm will begin with just the two litigators and "a lot of the same clients" they have represented. Funk has been with Sherrard since 1998. He was named head of the litigation practice in 2012. Sims served as the president of the NBA in 2008. He also is a past president of the NBA Young Lawyers Division and Middle Tennessee Governor for the TBA YLD. Both Funk and Sims were members of the TBA’s inaugural Leadership Law class.

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Politics, Policy Focus for TBALL Class

The Tennessee Bar Association's current Leadership Law class spent Tuesday in Nashville learning about issues in policy and politics. The program started with a welcome from U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper, followed by a session on lawyers as office holders, featuring state senators Jim Kyle, D-Memphis, and Doug Overbey, R-Maryville, and Clarksville mayor and former state representative Kim McMillan. The group also heard about TBAImpact, the TBA's new legislative tool for members, from Policy Coordinator Josie Beets, sat in on a Senate Judiciary Committee session and was to finish the day at the TBA's annual Big Shrimp legislative reception.

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TBALL Class Focuses on Politics, Policy

The Tennessee Bar Association's current Leadership Law class spent Tuesday in Nashville learning about issues in policy and politics. The program started with a welcome from U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper, followed by a session on lawyers as office holders, featuring state senators Jim Kyle, D-Memphis, and Doug Overbey, R-Maryville, and Clarksville mayor and former state representative Kim McMillan.

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