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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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Save the Date: NLBA Annual Meeting

The Napier-Looby Bar Association’s Annual Meeting will be held Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Swett’s Restaurant. New officers will be elected and 2013 dues will be collected.

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Tarpley to Chair ABA Journal Board

John Tarpley of Lewis King Kreig & Waldrop in Nashville has been named chair of the Editorial Board for the American Bar Association Journal. Tarpley, former president of the Tennessee Bar Association, will assume the role in August for a three-year term.

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TALS Executive Director to Step Down

The Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services (TALS) executive director Erik Cole is leaving the organization at the end of January. Cole, who has served as executive director since 2005, is moving to the Nashville mayor’s office, where he will be working on creating new programs related to financial stability and empowerment for low-income Nashvillians.

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Complete List of Foundation Fellows

Due to an editing error, the complete list of 2012 Tennessee Bar Foundation fellows was not included in Tuesday's TBAToday. What follows is the complete class, which will be inducted during the annual Fellows’ Dinner Jan. 18 in Nashville. This year’s class is made up of Roy L. Aaron, C. Dale Allen, Adrienne L. Anderson, Kyle C. Atkins, John T. Bobo, Jacqueline E. Bolton, Edward T. Brading, George H. Brown Jr., Douglas M. Campbell Sr., Angelita Blackshear Dalton, David R. Esquivel, Randall J. Fishman, Patrick A. Flynn, Stephen D. Goodwin, W. Stanworth Harris, William L. Jenkins, Jon E. Jones, W. Morris Kizer, Linda R. Koon, Patricia Head Moskal, Roger A. Page, Ernest A. Petroff, Timothy A. Priest, J. Michael Sharp, Daniel L. Smith, J. Mark Stewart, Shea Sisk Wellford, John Everett Williams, Marianna Williams and Joseph A. Woodruff.

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Foundation to Premiere Legal Traditions Videos

This year’s Tennessee Bar Foundation Fellows’ Dinner will feature the video premiere of 10 interviews with distinguished Tennessee attorneys conducted as part of the Legal Traditions program. This year, guests at the dinner will see interviews with Justice William M. Barker, William L. (Dick) Barry, W.J. Michael Cody, Judge Herschel P. Franks, Harris A. Gilbert, Judge Thomas A. Higgins, the Hon. William L. Jenkins, Judge Gilbert S. Merritt, Arvin H. Reingold and Justice Penny J. White. The dinner will take place in Nashville on Jan. 18 and is by invitation only.

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Foundation Names Fellows for 2012

The Tennessee Bar Foundation will induct its Class of 2012 Fellows during the annual Fellows’ Dinner Jan. 18 in Nashville. This year’s class is made up of Roy L. Aaron, C. Dale Allen, Adrienne L. Anderson, Kyle C. Atkins, John T. Bobo, Jacqueline E. Bolton, Edward T. Brading, George H. Brown Jr., Douglas M. Campbell Sr., Angelita Blackshear Dalton, David R. Esquivel, Randall J. Fishman, Patrick A. Flynn, Stephen D. Goodwin, W. Stanworth Harris, William L. Jenkins, Jon E. Jones, W. Morris Kizer, Linda R. Koon, Patricia Head Moskal, Roger A. Page, Ernest A. Petroff, Timothy A. Priest, J.

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Federal Bar Elects Officers in Memphis

The Memphis Chapter of the Federal Bar Association chose Eric Hudson with Butler, Snow, O’Mara, Stevens & Cannada as its new president during its annual meeting last week. Hudson will take over leadership from J. Gregory Grisham with Jackson Lewis, who will serve as immediate past president. Others officers elected were Vice President Mary Hale Morris with Burch, Porter & Johnson; Treasurer Earl W. Houston II with Martin, Tate, Morrow & Marston; and Secretary Kevin Ritz with the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Also elected were Craig A. Cowart, president-elect; Justin M. Ross, national delegate; Tom Gould, federal court liaison; and at-large board members Bryce Ashby, Adam Cohen, Frank L. Day Jr., Brandon Gibson, Colleen D. Hitch, Michael M. McLaren, Ben J. Scott (YLD Chair) and Judge Tu M. Pham. Download a roster of leaders

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AWA Annual Banquet Set for Jan. 17

The Association for Women Attorneys (AWA) will host its 33rd Annual Banquet and Silent Auction Jan. 17, at the Tower Center at Clark Tower. A cocktail hour with cash bar and silent auction will begin at 5:30 p.m. Dinner and program will start at 6:45 p.m. During the event, the group will install its new president, induct board members and committee chairs for 2013, and present the Marion Griffin-Frances Loring Award for outstanding achievement in the legal profession. Tickets are $60 for AWA members, $70 for nonmembers and $40 for law students. Proceeds benefit scholarships for University of Memphis law students. For more details contact banquet co-chair Keating Lowery at KeatingL@lawrencerussell.com or (901) 844-4438. The Memphis Daily News also recently ran a story. Read it here

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AWA to Honor Memphis Judge

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Paulette Delk will receive the Marion Griffin-Frances Loring Award for outstanding achievement in the legal profession at the Association for Women Attorneys’ annual banquet. The event will be held on Jan. 17 and will include a silent auction, cocktail reception, dinner and program. The Memphis Daily News has more.

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Barristers’ Ball and Scholarship Awards

The Ben F. Jones chapter of the National Bar Association will host its annual Barrister’s Ball and Scholarship Awards Saturday at the Racquet Club in Memphis. The Ball is an opportunity for lawyers, judges, and their families to come together for a night of great food, music, dancing, recognition of outstanding achievements, and fundraising to support scholarships to deserving minority students of the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law.

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TLAW Annual Meeting Set for June 8

The Tennessee Lawyers' Association for Women (TLAW) will hold its annual meeting over breakfast on June 8 at The Peabody in Memphis. TLAW has several events planned for the annual meeting, which is being held in conjunction with the Tennessee Bar Association Convention. For more information e-mail Wynne Caffey, call 865-766-0056 or download registration information.

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