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Governor Names Parkes to Circuit Court Post

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today appointed Columbia lawyer J. Russell Parkes as the new circuit court judge in the 22nd Judicial District, which covers Giles, Lawrence, Maury and Wayne counties. Parkes replaces Judge Robert Lee Holloway, who recently was named to the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals. Parkes has been a co-managing partner and co-equity member of Hardin, Parkes, Kelley & Carter in Columbia. He is chair of the Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility and a past president of the Maury County Bar Association. Parkes earned his law degree in 1986 from the University of Memphis School of Law. Read more in this release from the governor’s office.

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Services Set for Memphis Lawyer, TBA Senior Counselor

Memphis lawyer Robert M. Fargarson, a TBA senior counselor and founding member of the YLD Fellows, died this week. A 1957 graduate of the Cumberland School of Law, Fargarson practiced law with Fargarson & Brooke, served for 25 years as the assistant city attorney in Memphis and served for a time as a state senator. He also was a fellow of the Tennessee Trial Lawyers. Visitation will be Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 10 to 11 a.m. at Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary, 2095 Appling Rd. The funeral service will follow at 11 a.m. and burial will be at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday. The burial will take place at the Trinity United Methodist Church cemetery in Nutbush. The Commercial Appeal has more on Fargarson’s life.

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Moses, Mancl Take New YLD Roles After Winkler Steps Down

Cookeville lawyer Rachel Moses has taken over as president of the TBA’s Young Lawyers Division following Stacie Winkler’s decision to move out of state and relinquish her position with the group. Moses, an attorney with the Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee & the Cumberlands, was serving as president-elect. Under the YLD bylaws, a vacancy in the office of president is automatically filled by the sitting president-elect. Moses will serve for two years, completing Winkler’s term and then serving her own term as president in 2015-2016. Winkler, who took office in June, is now in house counsel for Kindred Healthcare in Louisville, Kentucky. She previously worked at Regional One Health in Memphis. Read more about Moses here.

To fill the resulting vacancy in the position of president-elect, the voting members of the YLD Board have approved the appointment of current YLD Vice President Rachel Ralston Mancl to the post. The position of vice president will remain vacant until new elections are held in April 2015. Mancl is an attorney with Hunter Smith & Davis LLP in Kingsport. She will serve for two years as president-elect and then take office as president in June 2016.

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Fellows Elect Officers, Induct New Members

The TBA YLD Fellows held its annual meeting and inducted new members at the YLD & Fellows Dinner, held in conjunction with the TBA Convention. New officers elected were President Charlotte Knight Griffin with Memphis Light, Gas & Water in Memphis; Vice President J. Russell Parkes with Hardin, Parkes, Kelley & Carter in Columbia; Secretary Lisa Richter, the 19th Judicial District Child Support Referee in Clarksville; and Treasurer Glenn Walter with Lewis Thomason of Knoxville.

The group also inducted nine new members: Daniel Berexa with Cornelius & Collins in Nashville; Colleen Sweeney Bracken with HCA in Nashville; Brad Carter with Schell & Davies in Franklin; Howard Hayden with the Wiseman Ashworth Law Group in Nashville; Thomas Santel with Parkerson | Santel in Murfreesboro; Chris Varner with Evans Harrison Hackett in Chattanooga; David Veile with Schell & Davies in Franklin; Mason Wilson with Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz in Memphis; and honorary member Judge Jeffrey S. Bivins of the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals.

Finally, the Fellows awarded its annual William M. Leech Jr. Public Service Award to Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Janice Holder for her many years of outstanding service to the profession, the legal system and her community. She was specifically recognized for her work on lawyers' assistance and access to justice issues.

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Montgomery Named to Court of Criminal Appeals

Gov. Bill Haslam yesterday appointed Judge Robert H. Montgomery Jr. to the Court of Criminal Appeals. Montgomery, who has served the Second Judicial District as a criminal court judge since 2006, will replace Judge Joseph M. Tipton who announced earlier this year he would not seek re-election at the end of his term in August 2014. In announcing the appointment Haslam said, “Rob Montgomery will be an excellent judge. His experience on the bench, as well as his experience as an assistant district attorney and an attorney in private practice will serve East Tennesseans well.” Read more from the governor’s statement.

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YLD Recognized by ABA for Range of Programs

The TBA YLD was recognized for a number of programs and activities at the ABA YLD Annual Meeting this past weekend in San Francisco. The YLD was awarded first place in the Minority Project category for its new invited guest program, which seeks to include the broadest range of perspectives and experiences on its governing board by inviting representatives from all specialty and minority bars in the state to attend meetings and participate in decision-making. It also received special recognition for its annual Mock Trial Competition and its overall member service and public service initiatives. YLD President David McDowell provides more details below.

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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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Moses Elected YLD VP, Other Leaders Elected Without Opposition

Cookeville lawyer Rachel M. Moses has been elected vice president of the TBA Young Lawyers Division (YLD) and will serve as its president in 2015-2016. She will take office in June. Moses, an attorney with the Legal Aid Society, has served for many years as YLD District 6 Representative. She also is a member of the TBA Public Education Committee and chair of its YouTube Video Contest Subcommittee. She previously was president of the Upper Cumberland Young Lawyers Association, a group she was instrumental in forming.

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Kingsport Home School Wins 1st Mock Trial Championship

Kingsport Area Christian Home Education Association (KACHEA) claimed the state high school mock trial championship title this month, defeating Montgomery Bell Academy of Nashville. The 33rd annual Tennessee State High School Mock Trial Competition was sponsored by the TBA Young Lawyers Division and involved 14 teams and 200 volunteers, including lawyers, law students and paralegals. In addition, sitting judges in the state presided over the trial rounds, with Tennessee Supreme Court Justice William Koch presiding over the championship match. The Kingsport team will represent Tennessee at the National High School Mock Trial Competition in Indianapolis, Ind., May 9-11. See team rankings and award winners on the 2013 competition webpage and see photos from the championship round.

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High School Students Compete in State Mock Trial Championship This Weekend

Schools from across the state to gather March 15-16th in Nashville

NASHVILLE, March 12, 2013— High school teams from across Tennessee will put their legal skills to the test during the Tennessee Bar Association's 33rd annual mock trial championship in Nashville this coming weekend, March 15-16. The event will be held at the historic Davidson County Courthouse.

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Volunteers Needed for Saturday Events

The TBA Young Lawyers Division has two events taking place on Saturday that still need attorney volunteers. First, in Franklin, the Williamson County Mock Trial Competition begins at 8:30 a.m. and runs throughout the day. Attorneys are needed to serve as scorers while law students or legal staff are needed to serve as bailiffs. Please contact Shauna Billingsley at (615) 550-6603 or shauna.billingsley@franklintn.gov for more information. On the western side of the state, the Memphis Wills for Heroes clinic is drawing record numbers of first responders. Approximately 10 attorneys are still needed for the afternoon shift at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library. Please contact Joann Coston-Holloway at (901) 577-8223 or jholloway@bakerdonelson.com for details.

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2013 Law Student Leadership Class Named

The 2013 class of the TBA Diversity Leadership Institute was announced today. The six-month leadership and mentoring program for law school students is sponsored by the TBA's Young Lawyers Division. This year it is made up of 18 students who will gather for their first meeting Jan. 18 in Nashville in conjunction with the TBA Leadership Conference.

Class members are: Shana Berkeley, Brett Knight, Kimberlee McTorry, Daniela Quintero and Ashley Upkins from the Belmont College of Law; Aisha DeBerry from the Duncan School of Law; Sonia Boss, Cynthia Brown, Cole Rogers, Mike Sandler and Tracey Williams from the Nashville School of Law; Anthony Adewumi, James Cobb, Jayniece Higgins and Jerry Ivery from the University of Memphis School of Law; and Estefania Chavez, LaToyia Trotter and Yessle Yi from the University of Tennessee College of Law. The program is being chaired this year by Memphis attorney Ahsaki Baptist and Nashville lawyer Brian Winfrey.

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Fellows Induct New Members, Honor Larry Wilks

The TBA YLD Fellows held its annual meeting, presented its annual service award and inducted new members at the YLD & Fellows Dinner, held in conjunction with the TBA Convention. New officers elected were President Angelia Morie Nystrom with the University of Tennessee in Knoxville; Vice President Andrew V. Sellers with Purcell Sellers & Craig in Jackson; Secretary Charlotte Knight Griffin with Memphis Light, Gas & Water in Memphis; and Treasurer J. Russell Parkes with Hardin, Parkes, Kelley & Carter in Columbia. Cynthia Richardson Wyrick with Ogle, Gass & Richardson in Sevierville assumed the office of immediate past president. Read more and see photos from the event.

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YLD Award Winners Recognized at 2012 Board & Fellows Dinner

Members of the outgoing TBA Young Lawyers Division Board gathered on June 8 for a final dinner and award ceremony recognizing service during the past year. The event also featured the annual meeting of the TBA YLD Fellows and a graduation ceremony of the Diversity Leadership Institute class. In what has become a tradition, the evening ended with a gavel pass from all former YLD presidents in attendance to incoming president David Veile of Franklin. Photos taken by Barry Kolar and Stacey Shrader

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David Veile Takes Office as YLD President

David Veile, with the Franklin firm of Schell Binkley & Davies LLC, took office as the TBA Young Lawyers Division (YLD) president at the division’s annual meeting June 8. Also taking office were President-Elect David McDowell of Chattanooga, Vice President Stacie Winkler of Memphis, Secretary Marisa Combs of Nashville and Treasurer Steven King of Memphis. Two contested elections were decided at the meeting, with Knoxville lawyer Paul Whitt retaining his seat as East Tennessee Governor and Nashville lawyer Mary Beth Haltom being reelected as Middle Tennessee Governor. Jackson lawyer Ashley Holliday was elected to fill a vacancy for West Tennessee Governor. Members of the outgoing TBA YLD Board gathered that evening for an award ceremony

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Dixon Takes Office; Lawyers Honored at Luncheon

Lawyers Luncheon Highlight of 131st Annual TBA Convention

Nashville lawyer Jacqueline B. Dixon took office as the Tennessee Bar Association's 130th president at the association's annual convention in Memphis today. After being sworn into office by Tennessee Supreme Court Chief Justice Connie Clark (above), Dixon laid out her vision for the year, which will include a focus on civics education, civility in the profession, pro bono efforts and working to preserve an impartial judiciary.

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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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TBA Announces Law Day Art, Essay Winners

News from the Young Lawyers Division
Two Knoxville students earned first place in the 2012 Law Day Art & Essay Competition, reports the TBA's Young Lawyers Division, which holds the statewide competition each May. This year's competition was coordinated by Jackson lawyer Ashley Holliday with West Tennessee Legal Services. The theme, "No Courts, No Justice, No Freedom,"  asked students to consider the importance of the courts and their role in ensuring access to justice for all Americans.

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ABA YLD Meeting Features Tennessee Lawyers

Tennessee lawyers are sharing their insights and expertise with young lawyers from across the country at this weekend’s meeting of the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division in Nashville. The capstone of the three-day meeting is a luncheon on Saturday with Tennessee Supreme Court Justice William C. Koch, Vanderbilt Law School Professor Brian T. Fitzpatrick, Tennessee Bar Association Executive Director Allan F. Ramsaur and Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Jane Branstetter Stranch speaking on this year’s Law Day theme “No Courts, No Justice, No Freedom.” Other lawyers presenting seminars during the meeting include Gail Vaughn Ashworth, George Barrett, Lisa Cole, Mark Chalos, Matthew Curley, Margaret M. Huff, Anne C. Martin, Bruce McMullen, Barbara Moss, Lucian T. Pera, E. Todd Presnell, Eli J. Richardson, Lisa Rivera, Matt Sweeney, Kendrick Vaughn and Heather Howell Wright.

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