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KBA’s Supreme Court Dinner Set for Sept. 3

The Knoxville Bar Association will host its annual Supreme Court dinner Sept. 3 at the Holiday Inn World’s Fair Park to pay tribute to the justices of the Tennessee Supreme Court. The event will begin with a 6 p.m. reception, during which the KBA will recognize the district attorney and the five judges who are retiring this year. Dinner will follow at 7 p.m. Historian and story teller Jack Neely will be the featured speaker. Tickets are $50 each and tables of eight may be reserved in advance.

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First Black Lawyer to Head TACDL

Memphis lawyer Sam Perkins was elected president of the Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (TACDL) last week. He is the first African-American to hold the title and one of few Memphians ever to preside over the organization. Perkins says he is anxious to use the position to continue helping young attorneys flourish, in large part because of his own humble legal beginnings. The Commercial Appeal has a profile of his life and career.

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Williamson Bar Releases Retention Poll Results

The Williamson County Bar Association (WCBA) recently conducted a retention election poll for the justices and judges of the state Supreme Court, Court of Appeals and Criminal Court of Appeals. Association members voted to recommend retention for all. With regard to the Supreme Court justices, 97 percent of WCBA members recommended retention for Justice Connie Clark; 86 percent recommended retention for Justice Sharon Lee; and 89 percent recommended retention for Chief Justice Gary Wade. In releasing the poll results, WCBA President Neil Campbell stated, “The data gathered from the polling speaks for itself and shows that the Williamson County Bar Association clearly recognizes the importance of a fair and impartial judiciary and court system.”

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Williamson County Bar Elects New Officers

The Williamson County Bar Association has elected new officers for the 2014-2015 bar year. They are President Neil Campbell, a solo practioner in Spring Hill; Vice President Shauna Billingsley with the City of Franklin; Secretary Kristen Corn with the City of Franklin; Treasurer David O’Neil with the City of Brentwood; and Past President Craig Brent, a solo practioner in Franklin.

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Bristol Bar Association Supports Retention of Judges

The members of the Bristol Tennessee Bar Association unanimously adopted a resolution today supporting retention of all judges on the state Court of Appeals and Court of Criminal Appeals as well as the three Supreme Court justices who will face voters Aug. 7. The association reported that it took the position based on recommendations from the Tennessee Judicial Evaluation Commission, believing that promotion of a fair and impartial process for electing jurists is necessary to ensure the integrity of the state’s legal system. The group also reports that the five judges present at the meeting did not vote on the resolution in accordance with Canon 4 of the Code of Judicial Conduct.

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Asian Lawyers Gather in Nashville for SE Conference

The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association is meeting today and tomorrow in Nashville for its 2014 Southeast Regional Conference. The Tennessee Asian Pacific American Bar Association (TAPABA) is serving as host. Speakers at the conference include former U.S. Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales, U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Tu M. Pham of Memphis, Rhonda M. Taylor, general counsel of Dollar General Corporation, and Mary S. Flipse, general counsel of Healthways Inc.

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NBA Joins Coalition for Fair Courts

The Nashville Bar Association Board of Directors recently approved a motion to join the Coalition for Fair Courts, which was established by the Marion Griffin Chapter of the Lawyers’ Association for Women in Nashville. The chapter announced the new group in May to raise public awareness about the upcoming retention elections, educate voters on the role of the appellate courts and the importance of a fair and impartial judiciary, and support women judges. Other members of the coalition include the Anne Schneider Chapter of the Lawyers’ Association for Women in Jackson, the Napier-Looby Bar Association, the Tennessee Alliance of Black Lawyers and the League of Women Voters of Nashville.

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TLAW Installs New Officers

The Tennessee Lawyers’ Association for Women (TLAW) installed new officers during its recent annual meeting in Gatlinburg. Tennessee Supreme Court Chief Justice Gary L. Wade was on hand to administer the oath and swear in the officers and directors. The 2014-2015 leaders are President Cheryl Rice with Egerton, McAfee, Armistead & Davis in Knoxville; Vice President Beth Bates with West Tennessee Legal Services in Jackson; Treasurer Linda Knight with Gullett, Sanford, Robinson & Martin in Nashville; Recording Secretary Ijeoma Ike with West Tennessee Legal Services in Jackson; Corresponding Secretary Kristi Rezabek with the Tennessee Court of Appeals, Western Division; and Immediate Past President Wendy Longmire with Ortale, Kelley, Herbert & Crawford in Nashville.

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Nashville Attorney Named President of the TAJ

The Tennessee Association for Justice (TAJ) recently elected Nashville attorney Jon Peeler as president for the 2014-2015 term. Elections for other Board of Governors leadership positions were held at the TAJ annual convention on June 13. View the press release for to the complete list.

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Loudon County Bar Association Elects New Officers

The Loudon County Bar Association has elected new officers. They are: President Ian McCabe, President-elect Chad Wilson, Secretary Travis McCroskey, Treasurer/Historian Robert G. Hinton and Past President A. Wayne Henry. The bar association also reports that its goals for the 2014-2015 bar year include holding a “People’s Law” event and two social events to highlight pro-bono opportunities.

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Legal Groups Form ‘Coalition for Fair Courts’

The Nashville-based Marion Griffin Chapter of the Lawyers’ Association for Women announced today that it has formed the Coalition for Fair Courts. According to the group, the goal of the coalition is to “organize the efforts of bar associations and community groups across the state to raise public awareness of the upcoming retention elections.” The group also hopes to increase voter turnout for the Aug. 7 elections. Three Supreme Court justices and all appeals court judges will appear on that ballot. The coalition webpage offers resources for lawyers and nonlawyers. Current members of the coalition include the Anne Schneider Chapter of the Lawyers’ Association for Women in Jackson, the Napier-Looby Bar Association, the Tennessee Alliance of Black Lawyers and the League of Women Voters of Nashville. Other groups interested in joining the effort should contact Elizabeth Sitgreaves, (615) 254-2291.

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Napier-Looby Banquet Honors TSU Professor

Nashville’s Napier-Looby Bar Foundation on Thursday will honor Tennessee State University (TSU) professor Robert Smith for his efforts to help black students, the Tennessean reports. Smith, who teaches constitutional and criminal law at TSU and has coached the school’s mock trial team since its inception, will receive the Z. Alexander Looby Lifetime Achievement Award at the organization's annual banquet and award ceremony. Three other attorneys also will be recognized during the banquet. They are Sheila Calloway of the Davidson County Juvenile Court, attorney Cynthia Fitzgerald and Jerrilyn Manning of the Nashville public defender’s office.

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TLAW Presents Career Panel at Belmont

The Tennessee Lawyers’ Association for Women is presenting a panel discussion on “How I Put My Law Degree to Work – Finding Your Niche in the Law”  Monday  from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Belmont University College of Law. The event is co-sponsored by the Belmont Women’s Law Student Organization and the school's Office of Career Services. Members of the legal community are invited to attend.

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TDLA Names New President, Officers

The Tennessee Defense Lawyers Association on Friday installed Bradford D. Box as its new president. Box is a member of Rainey Kizer Reviere & Bell and serves on the firm’s executive committee. The association, which represents lawyers engaged in civil defense litigation, also announced new officers: President Elect James Tucker and Director Heather Douglas with Manier & Herod in Nashville; Secretary-Treasurer Cate Dugan of Costangy Brooks & Smith in Nashville; and Vice President Phil Mischke of Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs in Memphis. Sarah Reisner of Manier & Herod also rotated off the board after six years of service.

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Judge Stranch to Keynote Chattanooga Program

Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Jane Branstetter Stranch will be the featured speaker at a Chattanooga program called The Sixth Circuit: A Year in Review. “The Chattanooga Chapter of the Federal Bar Association has put forth a lot of effort in coming up with a challenging and exciting program,” District Judge Curtis L. Collier. said. “It ought to benefit not only our local lawyers but any lawyer who would like to practice before the Sixth Circuit.” The program will be held Oct. 11 at the Chattanoogan Hotel. The Hamilton County Herald has more information.

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Knoxville Attorney Receives Bar’s Highest Award

James A. H. Bell received the Joseph B. Jones Memorial Lifetime Achievement Award, the highest honor awarded by the Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (TACDL) at the association's annual meeting. The Jones Award is periodically awarded to the one criminal defense attorney who best exemplifies the criminal defense lawyer in the state of Tennessee, who possesses the passion for, the devotion to and mastery of the skill of defending the accused, along with a career long commitment to TACDL. Bell is a senior practicing attorney at the Law Offices of James A.H Bell in Knoxville and Sevier County. Download the press release for more information.

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Ben F. Jones Event Set for Thursday

The Ben F. Jones Chapter of the National Bar Association will host a social networking mixer on Thursday at Bar Louie in midtown Memphis. The event, sponsored by Bank Tennessee and Glassman, Edwards, Wyatt, Tuttle & Cox, will run from 5:15 to 7:30 p.m. Free drinks and appetizers will be offered. All members of the chapter or those interested in learning more about the group are invited to attend.

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TLAW Installs New Officers

The Tennessee Lawyers' Association for Women installed new officers during its annual meeting June 14 in Nashville. Taking office as president was Wendy Longmire, an attorney with Ortale, Kelley, Herbert & Crawford in Nashville. She succeeds Kristi Rezabek of Jackson. Other leaders installed were Vice-President Cheryl Rice, Treasurer Linda Knight, Recording Secretary Ahsaki Baptist, Corresponding Secretary Beth Bates, West Tennessee Director Lanis Karnes, Middle Tennessee Director Amy Everhart and East Tennessee Director Judy Cornett. Tennessee Supreme Court Chief Justice Gary L. Wade administered the oath of office to the group.

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TLAW/TBA CLE Programs Look at Glass Ceiling, Business Development

Attorneys interested in learning the best practices for recruiting and retaining diverse legal talent are invited to attend "Report from the Glass Ceiling Initiative," a CLE program produced jointly by the Tennessee Lawyers' Association for Women (TLAW) and the Tennessee Bar Association. It is being offered Friday at 8:30 a.m. during the TBA Annual Convention in Nashville. Following that session will be another joint offering, "Growing your Law Practice," which starts at 10:15 a.m. Both offer 1.5 hours of CLE credit. If you are not registered for the convention, you can still attend either or both of these courses. You can get registration information through TLAW at Karol.Larhman@tlaw.org or from the TBA at its convention registration desk onsite at the Sheraton Downtown Nashville hotel.

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Federalist Society Hosts Book Author

The Memphis Lawyers’ Chapter of the Federalist Society will present Ricochet.com legal affairs columnist and author Adam Freeman, who will discuss his latest book, “The Naked Constitution: What the Founders Said and Why It Still Matters” next Monday at The Majestic Grille. Lunch will be served from 11:30 a.m. to noon with the program running from noon to 1 p.m. The cost is $30 for Federalist Society members and $35 for non-members. The Majestic is located at 145 S. Main St. To register, email Greg Grisham or call him at (901) 462-2616.

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ETLAW Luncheon Honors State Supreme Court

The East Tennessee Lawyers Association for Women (ETLAW) held its annual Supreme Court Luncheon today honoring the justices and their work on behalf of the state. Each of the justices were scheduled to attend, with Chief Justice Gary Wade as the featured speaker. During the event, TBA Board of Governors member Tasha Blakney received the Spirit of Justice Award.

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New Law Day Events Added to State Round Up

Law Day events continue this week with a number scheduled for tomorrow, May 1. Events added to the list of activities taking place across the state include a luncheon in Greeneville hosted by the Northeast Tennessee Chapter of the Federal Bar Association and an evening session with U.S. Attorney Bill Killian hosted by the Bradley County Bar Association. See the latest information on the TBA website.

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Napier-Looby Bar Foundation Elects New President

Joseph K. McKinney has been elected President of the Napier-Looby Bar Foundation. An associate in the Nashville office of Dickinson Wright, McKinney focuses his practice in the areas of commercial and business litigation, civil litigation, labor and employment litigation, and minority business enterprises. He earned his bachelors degree from Rhodes College and his law degree from the University of Memphis.

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New AWA President Brings Unique Life Experience to Job

Memphis lawyer Fran Riley was installed as president of the Association for Women Attorneys at the organization’s recent annual banquet and silent auction. Riley, who is a law clerk to the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Tennessee, says she plans to continue the group’s traditional programs but also institute a formal mentoring program for law students and professionals. In an interview with the Memphis Daily News, Riley disclosed a little-known fact about her background: before becoming a lawyer, she worked on the initial conceptual design for turning the Lorraine Motel into the National Civil Rights Museum.

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Memphis Federalist Society Chapter Meets Tomorrow

The Memphis Chapter of the Federalist Society will meet Tuesday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Madison Hotel, 79 Madison Ave. Alan Gura of Gura & Possessky will present “The Right to Bear Arms for Self-Defense Outside the Home.” Cost is $30 for members and $35 for guests. RSVP to Greg Grisham at gregory.grisham@jacksonlewis.com or 462-2616.

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