King Assassination Witness Dies in Memphis

The Rev. Samuel “Billy” Kyles, who witnessed the 1968 assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. from the balcony of the Lorraine Motel and spent much of his life as a civil and human rights activist, died Tuesday after a long illness. He was 81, The Commercial Appeal reports. Rev. Kyles believed he was called to recount the events of that day and did so many times, all around the world. His appearances included several before TBA Leadership Law classes.

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Alumni Happenings

The Greater Knoxville Business Journal has selected Jamie Ballinger-Holden (2015) as one of its “40 Under 40.” Each year, the “40 Under 40” program recognizes a group of 40 young leaders who are leaving their mark on Knoxville through their professional and philanthropic efforts. A link to the article may be found here.

Making the “40 Under 40” list for the Nashville Business Journal are Ashleigh Roberts (2015) and Gabe Roberts (2016). This list is comprised of men in women making big names for themselves in the Nashville business scene. The complete list of Nashville winners can be found here.

The law firm owned by TBALL Alums Amy Farrar (2011) and Sonya Wright (2013), Farrar & Wright, PLLC, purchased a new building and is now located at 122 North Church Street on the Square in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Amy and Jeff Farrar are also pleased to announce the birth of her third child, Samuel Freeman Farrar, 9lbs 12 ounces, born February 3, 2016.

Megan Arthur (2012) is excited to announce that effective February 15, 2016, she will join the law firm of Evans Petree PC in Memphis, Tennessee as a partner to continue to grow her domestic litigation practice and offer even more varied services to her clients.

Sherie Edwards (2010) is starting her fourth year as a Board Member of United Way of Williamson County, and second year as the Chair of the Community Impact committee.  Community Impact addresses the identification of the needs of Williamson County residents in the areas of Income, Education, Health, and Rebuilding Lives, and applies their resources to meeting those needs.  She has also been elected Secretary of the Association of Corporate Counsel’s Small Law Department Committee, which has 6,700 members internationally, and is serving as a Mentor for the ABA TIPS Corporate Counsel section.

Tracy Kane (2013) was recently nominated and elected to serve on the Board of the Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC). She was also recently elected to serve as Secretary of the Board of the Nashville Conflict Resolution Center, which ensures that all people in our community has access to mediation and can work together to safely solve conflict. She was also reelected to the Board of Sister Cities of Nashville where she serves as the Chair of the Nashville-Belfast City Partnership.

Sheri A. Fox (2008) recently left her practice at Baker Donelson to become the Executive Director of Legal Aid of East Tennessee, effective January 1, 2016. Her new contact information is: Legal Aid of East Tennessee, 535 Chestnut Street, Suite 360, Chattanooga, TN 37402, (423) 492-4756,

DarKenya Waller (2011) of the Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands was named a “Women of Influence” in the category of Community Supporter by the Nashville Business Journal. The winners of this award were recognized for standing out in their fields, bringing their businesses to the forefront and helping others achieve success. The complete list can be found here.

Mark Ison (2013) of Sherrard & Roe, and his wife, Lindsay, welcomed their first child, Evelyn Margaret Ison, into the world on October 13, 2015.  All have been happy and healthy since.

Charity Miles Williams (2015) is pleased to announce that she and her family have relocated to Nashville, TN, leaving behind wonderful friends and colleagues in Knoxville, TN.  Effective December 1, 2015, she started working as a staff attorney at the Tennessee Fair Housing Council (TFHC), where her primary focus is on housing discrimination.  Her new contact information is:  Charity Miles Williams, Staff Attorney, Tennessee Fair Housing Council, 107 Music City Circle, Suite 318, Nashville, TN 37214, (615) 212-3120 (direct line), (615) 874-1636 (fax),

Effective January 1, 2016, Stephanie Coleman (2013) became a partner at Robertson Overby where she has practiced since 2008.

Miranda Christy (2013) recently joined the in-house legal team at UBS. Her new contact information is:  Miranda Christy, Director and Counsel, UBS Investment Bank, 315 Deaderick Street, Nashville, Tennessee 37238, Tel: 615.393.7800, Mobile: 615.945.9393,

Inaugural TBALL class member Maria Salas (2004) was appointed Clerk and Master of the Davidson County Chancery Court, effective December 1, 2015.

Amanda Busy (2013) and her law partner, Adrienne Anderson, have purchased an office condo and their firm, Anderson Busby PLLC, has moved to 550 Main Street, Suite 700, Knoxville, TN 37902. Amanda has also been named President-Elect of the Knoxville Bar Association.

Effective January 13, 2016, Annie Christoff (2013) was elected a member of the law firm Bass Berry & Sims. Annie concentrates her practice in complex business, securities and patent litigation. She represents clients in traditional business litigation, intellectual property litigation, securities litigation and arbitration, and commercial disputes.

Alicia Brown Oliver (2004) is now Counsel at BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee. Her new contact information is: Counsel, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, 1 Cameron Hill Circle, Chattanooga, TN 37402, (423) 535-2922,

Leslie Beale (2012) has opened Profusion Strategies, a coaching firm for professional women. Leslie helps these ambitious ladies ditch their stress, regain their focus, and harmonize their personal and professional goals. You can find her at Leslie L. Beale, JD, Success Coach Profusion Strategies, Phone: (865) 228-5368,

Tyler Yarbro (2012) and State Senator Jeff Yarbro (2011) recently welcomed a new baby girl. Katherine James Yarbro was born on February 18.

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Lead Law Series Webcast Available Now

The four-part Lead Law series covers leadership topics including leading your firm, clients and profession. The online courses, available now, are approved for from one to 1.75 hours of CLE.

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4 Lawyers Selected for 40 Under 40

Four attorneys were among the 40 Under 40 group of honorees released today by the Nashville Business Journal. The list includes Ashleigh Roberts, deputy counsel to Gov. Bill Haslam; Gabe Roberts, the general counsel to the TennCare Bureau in the Department of Finance and Administration; Elizabeth Tipping, a member at Neal and Harwell PLC; and James “Patrick” Warfield an associated at Burr & Forman. Ashleigh Roberts is a 2014 graduate of the TBA Leadership Law program, while Gabe Roberts is a member of the current class.

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Nominations Accepted for Emerging Leader Awards

The Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and YP Nashville is currently accepting nominations of young professionals for the Nashville Emerging Leader Awards program. NELAs are given in 15 categories including Legal Services, Business Services, and Community Service and Nonprofit. Applications are available online and are due Feb. 2.

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New Leadership Law Class Launches at Retreat

The 13th class of the TBA's Leadership Law (TBALL) program is kicking off six-months of programming this weekend at Montgomery Bell State Park. The program is designed to equip Tennessee lawyers with the vision, knowledge and skills necessary to serve as leaders in their profession and local communities. Among those speaking during the three-day retreat are Byron Trauger, Houston Gordon, Dean William Koch, TBA President Bill Harbison, Abby Rubenfeld, Gordon Bonnyman, Dwight Tarwater, Buck Lewis, Lisa Richter and Randy Kinnard. The group will hold regular monthly sessions throughout the spring, before graduating during the TBA Annual Convention, planned for June 18 in Nashville.

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32 Lawyers Named to 2016 Leadership Law Class

Lawyers from across state join TBA's 6-month leadership training program

NASHVILLE, Nov. 23, 2015 — The Tennessee Bar Association (TBA) announces that 32 attorneys from across the state have been selected for its 2016 Leadership Law program.

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Deadline Monday for TBALL Applications

Applications for the Tennessee Bar Association's Leadership Law (TBALL) Class of 2016 are due Monday (Oct. 26) by Noon Central. Email the application to Kate Prince or submit your application online

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Former AG Holder to Speak at Vanderbilt

Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder will speak on leadership during Vanderbilt University’s Chancellor Lecture Series. He will deliver the talk at 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 6 in Benton Chapel, 411 21st Ave. South. The event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required to attend.

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Lead Law Program, 5.5 Hours of CLE

Learn techniques for developing law leadership skills in the full-day Lead Law program on Oct. 23, 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Tennessee Bar Center in Nashville. Leadership training will focus on leading yourself, leading your clients and leading your firm. The course is worth 5.5 credits of CLE.

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TBALL Alumni Step Up to Help New Lawyers

A law practice conference on Nov. 10 will connect TBA Leadership Law alumni with new lawyers from across the state. In their role as faculty members for the course, the TBALL alumni will share their experience on a range of practice issues, including talking about law firm structures and economics, working with partners, billing, solo practice, networking and ethics. New lawyers, this program is for you!

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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 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. 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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