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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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Napier-Looby Bar Foundation Recognizes Achievements

The Napier-Looby Bar Foundation Thursday night recognized community leaders, law firms and lawyers during its 8th Annual Barristers' Banquet. Former ABA President Dennis Archer was keynote speaker at the event.

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