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YLD Invited Guest News for April 2016

The TBA YLD Board invites specialty and minority bars in the state to name a representative to serve as an unfunded and non-voting member of the board. The goal of the invited guest program is to increase diversity among the board and provide an opportunity for young lawyers involved in other legal organizations to have a voice in the state bar association. See a list of all organizations invited to send representatives.
 
Association for Women Attorneys (AWA) –AWA recently held a successful Incarcerated Civil Law Legal Clinic in Memphis.  The group will be having the Mary Wolff Memorial Golf Tournament to carry on the philanthropic legacy of one of its strongest members, Mary Wolff, who passed away on Christmas Eve 2015 after a battle with cancer. The Mary Wolff Memorial Golf Tournament will be held on Friday, June 3, 2016, at The Links at Galloway (lunch served at noon, shotgun start at 1 p.m., four person scramble). The proceeds will benefit three charitable organizations: The First Tee of Memphis; The AWA Foundation Scholarship Fund; and the Women’s Foundation of Greater Memphis.  To register or for more information about this great event please contact Mary-Morgan Whitfield at 901.277.8120 or visit the website.
 
For more information about the AWA, contact Megan Warden, (901) 848-8725.
 
East Tennessee Lawyers Association for Women (ETLAW) – On Wednesday, April 20, ETLAW held its regular monthly meeting at the LMU Duncan School of Law.  Chancellor Elizabeth Asbury spoke on how female attorneys should present themselves in court to ensure maximum success for themselves and their clients.  Her presentation included specific advice about how to handle going to a new court that is out of one’s comfort zone and how to figure out who to talk to and what to do in each new court or county.
 
The next regular monthly meeting of ETLAW will be May 18, 2016 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. at the downtown Knoxville YWCA. Lunch will be available at a cost of $10. Register at the website.
 
For more information about the group, contact Alicia Teubert.
 
Lawyers Association for Women, Anne Schneider Chapter – For information about the group and its activities, contact Ijeoma Ike, (731) 426-1337.
 
Lawyers Association for Women, Marion Griffin Chapter – For information about the group and its activities, contact Mary Head, (615) 242-3700.
 
National Bar Association, Ballard Taylor Chapter – For information about the group and its activities, contact Terica Smith Anderson, (731) 423-5805.
 
National Bar Association, Ben F. Jones Chapter – ANNUAL BASKETBALL GAME FUNDRAISER - The Ben F. Jones Chapter of the National Bar Association will be competing against the Bluff City Medical Society in the annual Lawyers vs. Doctors Basketball Game on Saturday, May 7, 2016 at the Porter Goodwill Club Gymnasium (620 South Lauderdale, Memphis, TN 38126). Doors will open at 10 a.m. for pre-game and community activities as well as team warm-ups.  The game will begin at 12 p.m.  This event is being sponsored by the Ben F. Jones Chapter and proceeds from the game will support the Boys and Girls Club's summer educational programs.  For more information please contact: Freeman Foster or Andre Mathis
 
For more information about the National Bar Association, Ben F. Jones Chapter, please contact Amber Floyd.
 
National Bar Association, Napier Looby Chapter - For information about the group and its activities, contact Angela Williams, (901) 568-9584.
 
National Bar Association, S.L. Hutchins Chapter – For information about the group and its activities, contact Ariel Anthony, (432) 755-2661.
 
Southeast Tennessee Lawyers’ Association for Women (SETLAW) – SETLAW recently held a yoga event and a successful monthly happy hour event. For more information about SETLAW contact Amanda Jelks, (423) 602-2230, or Amber Seay.
 
Tennessee Asian Pacific American Bar Association – For information about TAPABA and its activities, contact Lanta Wang, (615) 850-8194.
 
Tennessee Lawyers Association for Women (TLAW) – TLAW is seeking to fill positions on its 2016-2017 Board.  For information about TLAW and its activities, contact Heather Ferguson, (865) 546-0500.
 
Tennessee Stonewall Bar Association – For information about the group and its activities, contact Judd Taback, (615) 507-6810.
 
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LAW's Annual Meeting, Awards Banquet Set for April 20

The Lawyers’ Association for Women’s annual meeting and awards banquet will be held at 6 p.m. on April 20 at The Music City Center. The event will include the election of the board of directors and officers. Nominations include Yanika C. Smith-Bartley as president and Liz Sitgreaves as president-elect. RSVP by April 15

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Knoxville Attorney Brian Trammell Dies

Attorney Brian Trammell, who practiced with the Knoxville firm of Trammell, Adkins and Ward PC, has died. Trammell is the past president of the Tennessee Defense Lawyer Association. No funeral arrangements have been announced at this time.

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TLAW to Host Empowerment Conference April 8

The Tennessee Lawyers’ Association for Women will hold its 2016 Empowerment Conference: Great Expectations! on April 8, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., at Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis LLP, 511 Union Street in Nashville. Speakers include Gwen K. Young, director of the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Global Women’s Leadership Initiative, and Tennessee Supreme Court Chief Justice Sharon Lee. The cost is $100 for TLAW members and $150 for non-members. The event will kick off with a cocktail reception April 7 at the Nashville City Club.

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Napier-Looby Bar Association Elects Officers

The Napier-Looby Bar Association, a Nashville affiliate of The National Bar Association, recently elected its new officers: Kyonzté Hughes-Toombs, president; Christopher Bellamy, president-elect; Mariah Cole, recording secretary; Angela Williams, corresponding secretary; Raquel Bellamy, treasurer; and Princess Page, historian.

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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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