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AWA Banquet Includes Awards, Remembrances

Maureen T. Holland was recently awarded the Marion Griffin-Frances Loring Award for outstanding achievement in the legal profession by The Association for Women Attorneys. The award was presented at the 36th annual Banquet and Silent Auction at the Clark Tower in Memphis. The organization also honored two women close to the organization who passed away recently: attorney Mary Wolff and University of Memphis law professor Janet Richards. The 2016 AWA board officers and committee chairs were also inducted.

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AWA to Hold 36th Annual Banquet and Silent Auction

The Association for Women Attorneys will hold its 36th Annual Banquet and Silent Auction on Jan. 21 in Memphis. The event is scheduled from 6-8 p.m. in Suite 3300 of the Tower Center at Clark Tower. Maureen T.  Holland, owner of Holland and Associates PC, will be honored as AWA’s 27th recipient of the Marion Griffin-Frances Loring Award for outstanding achievement in the legal profession. Contact AWA banquet co-chair Laura Deakins, 423-413-0716, to purchase tickets. The deadline to purchase tickets is Jan. 14.

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Washington Bar Leaders Say Criticism 'Inaccurate and Misleading'

The Washington State Bar Association’s Executive Committee today responded to comments from members of the state’s Practice of Law Board, who publicly resigned from the board and were critical of the bar in news reports. In its statementWSBA officials said that many of the “assertions about the relationship among the Washington Supreme Court, the Washington State Bar Association (WSBA) Board of Governors and WSBA staff are inaccurate and misleading.”

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National Bar Association Ben F. Jones Chapter Elects Officers

The Ben F. Jones Chapter of the National Bar Association elected its new officers and board members for 2016. Assistant City Attorney Felisa Cox is the new chapter president. Kevin Bruce with Hagler Bruce & Turner will serve as vice president/president-elect. Edd Peyton of Lewis Thomason will serve as treasurer. LaTanyia Walker with the Shelby County Attorney's Office’s will serve as corresponding secretary; Angelica Fortney with Bass Berry & Sims will serve as recording secretary. Assistant City Attorney Freeman Foster will serve as parliamentarian. Mary Beard with FedEx Corporation and Senior Assistant City Attorney Carlos Bibbs were elected as board members.

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Baker Donelson Attorney Honored by SETLAW

The Southeast Tennessee Lawyers Association for Women (SETLAW) named Baker Donelson attorney Virginia Love their 2015 Lioness of the Bar, the Hamilton County Herald reports. SETLAW president Brittany Thomas said Love’s legal expertise in 36 years of practice and furthering the careers of other female attorneys contributed to Love’s selection. “Madeleine Albright said there’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women. Virginia stood out in this respect. She’s an amazing Lioness,” Thomas said.

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Hollabaugh to Lead BABC's Nashville Office

Lela Hollabaugh has been named managing partner of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP’s Nashville office. She succeeds partner Robert S. Patterson, and she will continue to also lead the firm’s Business Litigation Team. “As a native of Nashville, daughter of a Nashville attorney, and a former president of the Nashville Bar Association, I am proud to carry on the legacy of leadership established by this firm,” Hollabaugh said. The University of Tennessee College of Law grad is also a former chair of the Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility.

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Tennessee Association for Justice Moving

The Tennessee Association for Justice is relocating to 629 Woodland St. in Nashville from its previous headquarters on Division Street. The organization plans to be fully moved into its new location by early next week. 

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Civility Award Named for Retiring Magistrate

Magistrate Judge William B. Mitchell Carter is retiring after 16 years on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee. Colleagues and friends spoke about Carter’s legal abilities and gentlemanly ways at a retirement reception held July 24. During the presentation, Donna Mikel, president of the Chattanooga Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, announced the establishment of the Bill Carter Civility Award, to be given each year at the group's annual meeting to an attorney who demonstrates the civility and professionalism Judge Carter encouraged in his courtroom. “This has been the most fulfilling job I could imagine having,” Carter told the Hamilton County Herald. “It’s been magical.”

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Chattanooga Bar Foundation Names New Fellows

The Chattanooga Bar Foundation this week announced its Class of 2015 Fellows. New members are John Randolph Bode, Roy C. Maddox Jr., Timothy L. Mickel, Alicia Brown Oliver, Bart Quinn, Ross I. Schram and Richard A. Schulman. Incorporated in 1989, the foundation is the charitable and educational arm of the Chattanooga Bar Association (CBA). Through the foundation, the CBA supports various charities and participates in community service, outreach programs and educational projects. The Hamilton County Herald has more.

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Williamson County Bar Elects New Officers

The Williamson County Bar Association has elected new officers for the 2015-2016 bar year. The new president is Franklin city attorney Shauna Billingsley, vice president is David ONeil with the Brentwood Police Department, treasurer is Kristen Corn with the office of the Franklin city attorney and secretary is Katie Zipper with the Franklin law firm of Cordell & Cordell.

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AOC Grants Available for Pro Se Programs

The Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) will award $200,000 in grant funding for initiatives that help divorced or never married self-represented litigants resolve parenting and visitation issues. Initiatives may include self-help centers, pro se clinics, unbundled legal services and mediation programs. To be considered for a grant, proposals must be received by 4:30 p.m. on Aug. 7. Get details on the AOC website.

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Law Camp Features Veteran Civil Rights Attorney Fred Gray

High school students from across the country learned about the development of key freedoms and the concept of equality under the law during the annual Law Camp held recently at Lipscomb University. The Tennessee Bar Association, the Napier-Looby Bar Association and law firm Bradley Arant Boult Cummings were among program sponsors. Veteran civil rights attorney Fred D. Gray was the featured guest at the camp, which this year had a special focus on the Civil Rights Movement.

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Chancellor Rambo to Speak Next Month

First Judicial District Chancellor John Rambo will speak at the Tri-Cities Legal Support Staff Organization meeting July 9 at 6 p.m. at Bella Vita Restaurant, 2927 North Roan St. in Johnson City. The group has invited local attorneys and their staff to join the event. For more information contact Washington County Bar Association President Sunny Sandos, (423) 246-8176.

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Blood Drive to Benefit Justice Lee’s Grandchildren

A blood drive to help Tennessee Supreme Court Chief Justice Sharon Lee’s grandchildren is scheduled for May 28 in three Knoxville area locations: 9 a.m. to noon at Legend Fitness off of Middlebrook Pike; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the First Tennessee Plaza on Gay Street; and 2 to 5 p.m. at Fort Sanders West Health Center. Justice Lee welcomed three grandchildren born prematurely last month. For more information about the blood drive contact the Knoxville Bar Association at (865) 522-6522.

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Services This Week for Former NBA President

Former Nashville Bar Association president Thomas H. Peebles III died Saturday (May 9) at 80. The son of the late General Sessions Judge Thomas H. Peebles Jr., he earned his law degree from Vanderbilt University Law School and then joined the law firm of Trabue Sturdivant DeWitt, where he remained until he retired. The family will receive friends Tuesday from 3 to 6 p.m. and Wednesday from 10 a.m. to noon, with funeral services to follow at Oakes & Nichols in Columbia. Burial will follow in St. John’s Churchyard at Ashwood. The Tennessean has more on Peebles' life.

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ETLAW Honors Miller with Spirit of Justice Award

The East Tennessee Lawyers' Association for Women today awarded Mary Miller the Spirit of Justice Award during its annual Tennessee Supreme Court Luncheon in Knoxville. The honor is for Miller's continued support and advancement of women in the bar, involvement in numerous organizations, and dedication to her pro bono clients, her practice and her family.  All five Tennessee Supreme Court justices attended the event, along with other members of the judiciary representing the appellate courts, local and surrounding trial courts, federal district court and federal bankruptcy court.

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NCBP Offers Scholarships to Boost Diversity

The National Conference of Bar Presidents (NCBP) is offering scholarship to encourage leaders from traditionally underrepresented bars to attend its annual meeting July 30 – Aug. 1 in Chicago. The scholarship will cover registration costs as well as up to $500 in travel expenses.

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Nashville LAW Chapter Honors Trauger, Sitgreaves

Judge Aleta Trauger received the inaugural Martha Craig Daughtrey Award, and Elizabeth Sitgreaves was presented the Rising Star Award during the Lawyers' Association for Women (LAW) Marion Griffin Chapter's Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet earlier this week. The LAW chapter reinstituted the banquet this year in conjunction with instituting the awards. President-elect Abby Sparks took the gavel from outgoing LAW President Laura Baker at the conclusion of the festivities. Judge Daughtrey was on hand to honor Judge Trauger, who was presented the award by Chancellor Claudia Bonnyman. Sitgreaves was honored for her work championing the coalition for fair courts during last summer’s judicial elections, among other activities.

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Knoxville Celebrates ADA Anniversary

The disABILITY Resource Center (dRC) and the City of Knoxville are sponsoring a celebration in honor of the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) on May 14. The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Market Square Mall. The Knoxville Bar Association’s Lawyer Referral and Information Service staff will have a table at the event to answer questions from attendees. For more information or to volunteer contact KBA staff member Tracy Chain.

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New Study Looks at Issues Impacting Native American Attorneys

The National Native American Bar Association (NNABA) has conducted a study of Native American attorneys, providing the first comprehensive picture of the issues confronting these lawyers in all practice settings. The association says it hopes the report will improve the recruitment, hiring, retention and advancement of Native American attorneys in the legal profession.

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LAW Awards Banquet and Election of Officers Set for April 28

Join the Lawyers’ Association for Women April 28 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. for an evening of cocktails and dinner to elect the officers for 2015-2016 and recognize the recipients of The Rising Star Award and The Judge Martha Craig Daughtrey Award. The event will be held at the Music City Center Grand Ballroom in Nashville. Tickets are $50. Deadline to register is April 23.

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Young Lawyer Group Plans Disaster Legal Clinic

The Upper Cumberland Young Lawyers Association (UCYLA) will hold a legal clinic in Monterey on March 26 to assist anyone dealing with legal issues resulting from recent ice storms. The event will run from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Monterey City Hall (municipal building), located at 302 E. Commercial Ave. 38574. To volunteer for the clinic contact UCYLA President Tessa Lawson, (931) 372-1972. Download a flyer to share or post.

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CBA Honors Judges, Lawyers at Memorial Service

The Chattanooga Bar Association recently honored attorneys and judges who passed away in the last year, the Hamilton County Herald reports. Circuit Court Judge Jeffrey Hollingsworth presided over the ceremony honoring Stephen Milton Goldstein, Fred T. Hanzelik, J. William Pope Jr., Michael M. Raulston, Lorraine Raymond, Harold A. Schwartz Jr., Fred Duncan Swindoll and Shields Wilson.

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DA Organization Suspends Executive Director

Tennessee prosecutors suspended the longtime executive director of their statewide organization Tuesday amid questions about a deal that he orchestrated to help Davidson County District Attorney Glenn Funk boost his state pension. Members of the Tennessee District Attorneys General Conference voted to suspend Wally Kirby without pay for one month following an almost three-hour special meeting. News Channel 5 has more.

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Napier Looby Foundation to Hold Annual Banquet

The Napier-Looby Bar Foundation’s 11th Annual Barristers’ Banquet will take place Feb. 26 at Nashville’s Music City Center. The banquet will begin at 6 p.m. with a cocktail reception, followed by a dinner and awards program. This year’s honorees include Judge Kelvin Jones, Susan Short Jones, Judge Allegra Walker and Luther Wright Jr. The Barristers’ Banquet is the group’s annual fundraising event, with revenue supporting its scholarship program and other charitable activities. Contact Andrea Perry, (615) 238-6303, with any questions.

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