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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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Frost is New Knox City Council Attorney

Rob Frost will be the next attorney for Knoxville City Council, filling the spot Charles Swanson left when he joined Mayor Madeline Rogero's administration as city law director. There were five finalists interviewed Monday for the job. The position is part-time and Frost continues to practice at Arnett Draper & Hagood. The News Sentinel has more.

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TBA Leadership Law Announces 2012 Program Schedule

The Tennessee Bar Association's Leadership Law program kicks off it's 2012 schedule with an opening retreat at Montgomery Bell State Park on Jan. 5-7. Throughout the next six months, the class will hold day-long sessions each month on specific leadership topics. Those sessions are:

Issues in Policy and Politics, February 7 in Nashville
Issues inthe Courts, March 15 in Murfreesboro
Leadership on Track, April 19-20 in Bristol
Issues in Community Leadership, May 10 in Nashville
Class Commencement at TBA Annual Convention, June 6-9 in Memphis

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TBA Selects Attorneys for 2012 Leadership Class

35 lawyers from across the state join six-month training program

NASHVILLE, Dec. 19, 2011 — The Tennessee Bar Association (TBA) announces that 35 attorneys from across the state have been selected for its 2012 Leadership Law program.

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Lawyers Complete 2011 TBA Leadership Program

Class of 32 graduates at TBA convention in Chattanooga

NASHVILLE, July 14, 2011 — Thirty-two attorneys from around the state graduated from the Tennessee Bar Association's Leadership Law program during the association's annual convention in Chattanooga.

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TBA Names 34 Lawyers to 2011 Leadership Program

Attorneys from across the state begin six month training program

NASHVILLE, Feb. 22, 2011 — The Tennessee Bar Association (TBA) has named 34 lawyers from across the state to its 2011 Leadership Law program. The class recently met for its first session and will spend the next six months learning about leadership in the legal profession, issues in the courts, policymaking in the executive and legislative branches of government, and leadership through community service.

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