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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 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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