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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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NBA President’s Reception Postponed

The Nashville Bar Association announced today that the reception for new president Ed Lanquist – originally scheduled for Thursday – will be postponed. A new date will be announced soon, the association said.

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Former Chattanooga Bar President Dies

Former Chattanooga Bar Association president Josiah “Jody” Carr Eggleston Baker, 85, died today (Feb. 10). Baker, who grew up in Chattanooga, graduated from Vanderbilt University Law School and the U.S Naval Intelligence School. He worked in Washington D.C. for four years but returned to Tennessee in 1995 to serve as deputy clerk and master of the Davidson County Chancery Court. In 1958, he relocated to Chattanooga and became a partner at Goins, Gammons, Baker and Robinson. In 1984, he started Josiah Baker and Associates, which later became Baker, Kinsman, Hollis, Clelland & Hogue. Funeral services will be held Friday at the First Centenary United Methodist Church, 419 McCallie Ave. Visitation will take place from noon to 2 p.m. A memorial service will begin at 2 p.m. to be followed by a reception. The Chattanoogan has more on Baker’s life.

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AWA Inducts New Leadership

The 2015 board for the Association for Women Attorneys was inducted last night at the annual AWA Banquet. Keating Lowry will lead the association as president. An associate with Lawrence & Russell PLC, Lowry’s practice is focused on litigating Employee Retirement Income Security Act matters on behalf of employers, plan fiduciaries and third-party administrators. The Memphis Business Journal has more.

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Deadline Extended for AWA Banquet

The Association for Women Attorneys (AWA) will hold its annual banquet and silent auction Jan. 29 at the Holiday Inn University of Memphis. The deadline for responding to attend the event has been extended through next week. During the dinner, the group will present its 2015 Marion Griffin-Frances Loring Award to Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Holly Kirby. It will also name new officers and scholarship recipients. RSVP to Keating Lowery, (901) 844-4438.

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Foundation Welcomes New Class of Fellows

The Tennessee Bar Foundation welcomed its latest class of Fellows during the organization’s annual reception and dinner earlier this month in Nashville. Those selected in East Tennessee include: Tasha C. Blakney of Eldridge & Blakney PC; Charles M. Finn of Kramer Rayson LLP; Thomas C. Greenholtz of Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel PC; Reggie E. Keaton of Frantz, McConnell & Seymour LLP; Robin L. Miller, Clerk & Master for Hamilton County; Deborah C. Stevens, Sixth Judicial District Circuit Court Judge; Christopher T. Varner of Evans Harrison Hackett PLLC; Laura Steel Woods of Care Centers Management Consulting Inc.; and Terry J. Woods of Legal Aid of East Tennessee.

In Middle Tennessee, Robert M. Burns of Howell & Fisher PLLC; George H. Cate III of Neal & Harwell PLC; Lisa Ramsay Cole of Lewis Thomason; Alberto R. Gonzales, Dean of the Belmont University College of Law; Brad A. Lampley of Adams and Reese LLP; Patrick T. McNally of Weatherly, McNally & Dixon PLC; Gerald D. Neenan of Neal & Harwell PLC; Jimmie Lynn Ramsaur, Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee; Mary Dohner Smith of Constangy, Brooks & Smith LLP; and Irwin B. Venick of Dobbins, Venick, Kuhn & Byassee PLLC.

In West Tennessee, Beth Stricklin Bates of West Tennessee Legal Services; Nathan A. Bicks of Burch, Porter & Johnson PLLC; Steve Conley of Conley, Campbell, Moss & Smith; John Timothy Edwards of Ballin, Ballin & Fishman PC; Thomas D. Forrester of the Law Office of T. D. Forrester; Eric E. Hudson of Butler Snow; Holly M. Kirby, Justice of the Tennessee Supreme Court; Russell E. Reviere of Rainey Kizer Reviere & Bell PLC; James B. Summers of Allen, Summers, Simpson, Lillie & Gresham; and Langdon S. Unger Jr. of Unger & Godwin.

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