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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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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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TBALL Class Launches with Opening Retreat

The 2014 class of the TBA Leadership Law program kicks off today with an opening retreat at Montgomery Bell State Park. The 31 attorneys from across the state were selected from several hundred nominees. After this weekend’s retreat, the group will meet monthly, learning about leadership in the legal profession, issues in the courts, policymaking in state government and the importance of community service. Among speakers at the opening retreat are Covington lawyer Houston Gordon, Memphis lawyer Lewis Donelson, Nashville attorney Bob Tuke and TBA President Cindy Wyrick.

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TBA Announces Leadership Law Class of 2014

The Tennessee Bar Association has announced the members of its 2014 Leadership Law (TBALL) class. This year’s class will have 31 members from across the state. Programming begins with an opening retreat in January and concludes with graduation ceremonies during the 2014 TBA Annual Convention next June in Gatlinburg. Now in its 11th year, TBALL is designed to equip Tennessee lawyers with the vision, knowledge and skills necessary to serve as leaders in their profession and local communities.  Read more about the new class.

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TBA Selects Attorneys for 2014 Leadership Law Class

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

NASHVILLE, Nov. 14, 2013 — The Tennessee Bar Association (TBA) announces that 31 attorneys from across the state have been selected for its 2014 Leadership Law program. Now in its 11th 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.

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Franklin Firm Launches New Practice Area

The Franklin law firm of Thompson Burton has launched an employment law practice, adding to its existing services in commercial real estate, business litigation and direct sales/advertising law. Leading the new practice group will be Nashville lawyer J.K. Simms, the Nashville Post reports. Simms previously chaired the Labor and Employment Practice Group at Cornelius & Collins. Simms graduated from the TBA Leadership Law program in 2011 and now serves on the program’s steering committee.

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New Law Firm Launches in Nashville's Hillsboro Village

A group of veteran Nashville attorneys has launched a new firm that will handle estate planning, probate, litigation and personal injury cases from an office in Hillsboro Village. The Nashville Post reports that Sean Martin and David Heller, formerly of DHPM, and sole practitioners Matt Potempa and Jennifer Sheppard have formed Martin Heller Potempa & Sheppard. Martin will focus on personal injury cases, while the others will handle probate and estate planning work. Family law and probate attorney Jamie Machamer also will join the firm. "We have put together an exceptional team of attorneys and legal professionals," partner Potempa wrote on Facebook Thursday. "Our goal is to provide the absolute highest quality of legal representation to our clients and we are excited about this new venture."

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Attorneys Honored at 2013 Lawyers Luncheon

Attorneys from across Tennessee were recognized for outstanding works Friday (June 14) during the Lawyers Luncheon at the TBA Annual Convention in Nashville. Among those honored were:

• The late Elizabeth T. Collins, a former Memphis lawyer, who posthumously received the TBA YLD Fellows' William M. Leech Public Service Award.
• Knoxville lawyer Daniel Headrick, who received the Justice Joseph W. Henry Award for his Tennessee Bar Journal article, “How to Act During a Deposition.” Headrick also received the Larry Dean Willks Leadership Award later that day from the members of his Leadership Law class.
• Supreme Court Justice Janice M. Holder, who received the Justice Frank F. Drowota III Outstanding Judicial Service Award for her work with lawyers’ assistance programs and access to justice issues.
• Students Alyssa Neuhof and Jeff Carter for their winning video productions submitted to the TBA's YouTube Video Contest.

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Hinton Named Chattanooga City Attorney

Wade Hinton, who led Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke's transition team, has been named city attorney. He succeeds longtime attorney Mike McMahan, Chattanoogan.com reports. In making the announcement, Berke said Hinton is “intelligent, hardworking and has proven himself to be an outstanding attorney and leader.” Hinton previously was deputy general counsel for Volkswagen Group of America’s Chattanooga operations and an attorney with Miller & Martin PLLC. He is a graduate of the TBA Leadership Law Program and a former member of the TBA Young Lawyers Division Board. He graduated from the University of Memphis School of Law in 1999.

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2013 TBA Big Shrimp Reception

More than 100 Tennessee lawmakers and their staffers came together with members of the Tennessee Bar Association during the annual Big Shrimp legislative reception at the Tennessee Bar Center. (Photos by Jenny Jones and Brittany Sims)

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TBALL Class of 2013 Kicks Off Program

The TBA’s Leadership Law program this month began its 10th year with an opening retreat for the class of 2013. Programming started Thursday afternoon and continues through Saturday at Montgomery Bell State Park. The 32 members of the class have already heard from some of the leading lawyers in the state, including Byron Trauger, Houston Gordon, Lewis Donelson, Randy Kinnard and TBA presidents Jackie Dixon, Gail Ashworth, Pam Reeves, Charles Swanson and John Tarpley. The group will meet monthly until graduating during the 2013 TBA Convention in Nashville June 12-15.

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TBA Selects Attorneys for 2013 Leadership Law Class

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

NASHVILLE, Dec. 10, 2012 -- The Tennessee Bar Association (TBA) announces that 34 attorneys from across the state have been selected for its 2013 Leadership Law program. Now in its 10th 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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Sherrard & Roe Appoints New Litigation Leadership

Samuel P. Funk has been named head of the litigation practice group at Sherrard & Roe, PLC, the Nashville Ledger reports. The group manages a wide range of commercial disputes in administrative agencies and state and federal courts, as well as all forms of alternative dispute resolution. Funk, a graduate of  Wake Forest University and the University of Maryland School of Law, was also an inaugural member of the Tennessee Bar Association Leadership Law program.

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TBA Announces Leadership Law Class of 2013

The Tennessee Bar Association has announced the members of its 2013 Leadership Law (TBALL) class. TBALL is an award-winning, six-month-long program that aims to nurture effective leadership with respect to ethical, professional and community service issues; build relationships among legal leaders from across the state and from across disciplines within the profession; raise the level of awareness among lawyers regarding the broad range of issues facing the legal profession; and enhance the diversity of leaders within the legal profession and the community as a whole. This year’s class will have 34 members from across the state. Programming begins with an opening retreat in January and concludes with graduation ceremonies during the 2013 TBA Annual Convention next June in Nashville. Read the TBA press release on the class or download a list of class members

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TBA Adds New Coordinator for Leadership Program

Brittany Sims will join the Tennessee Bar Association next week as coordinator for the TBA Leadership Law program. A Nashville native, Sims graduated from Hampton University in Hampton, Va., then returned to Nashville to work as a VISTA volunteer with AmeriCorp. While pursuing a graduate degree at Tennessee State University, Sims worked with the TSU Center for Service Learning and Civic Engagement and then moved on to become a program coordinator there. In addition, she serves as assistant volleyball coach at Fisk University. Her degree is in public administration, with a certificate in nonprofit management. At the TBA, Sims also will join the team that gathers news for the daily TBAToday newsletter and TBA website.

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2012 Leadership Law Class Completes Program

35 graduate, one honored with service award at TBA convention

NASHVILLE, June 12, 2012 -- Thirty-five attorneys from across the state graduated from the Tennessee Bar Association's Leadership Law program during the association's annual convention in Memphis last week.

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TBALL Class Selects Bowe for Wilks Award

Members of the 2012 TBA Leadership Law class choose Chattanooga attorney Curtis Bowe as the first recipient of the Larry Dean Wilks Leadership Award. Created to honor the former TBA president and Leadership Law chair who died this past year, the award recognizes the classmate who exhibited “exceptional leadership qualities that enhanced the Leadership Law experience for all class members.” Bowe, a Vanderbilt Law School graduate, heads the Bowe & Associates PLLC law firm in Chattanooga.

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YLD Fellows Recognize Late President with Public Service Award

News from the YLD Fellows
Springfield lawyer and former TBA president Larry Dean Wilks, who died Aug. 30, 2011, was posthumously presented the William M. Leech Jr. Public Service Award by the Tennessee Bar Association (TBA) Young Lawyers Division Fellows at the TBA’s annual meeting in Memphis. Wilks was recognized for his service to the practice of law, the bar and the profession. The award was presented by Fellows President Cynthia Richardson Wyrick, a lawyer in Sevierville, and accepted by Wilks' widow Jan and his son John.

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Judge Haynes Reception March 29, Contribute to Portrait Fund

A reception honoring retired Circuit Court Judge Barbara Haynes will be March 29, 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the Davidson County Courthouse. Contributions are also being accepted to procure a portrait of Judge Haynes, to be hung in the Third Circuit Courtroom. Download a reservation card.

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