Lawyers Complete 2013 TBA Leadership Program

Class of 32 graduates at TBA convention in Nashville

NASHVILLE, June 20, 2013 — Thirty-two attorneys from across the state graduated from the Tennessee Bar Association's Leadership Law program during the association's annual convention in Nashville last week.

At the group’s graduation ceremony, Knoxville lawyer and class member Daniel Headrick was presented with the Larry Dean Wilks Leadership Award. The award, named for former TBA President Larry D. Wilks, is selected by the class and recognizes a class member with exceptional leadership qualities. Headrick is an associate attorney at the Knoxville firm of Paine, Tarwater, & Bickers, practicing civil litigation in a variety of areas, including employment law, product liability, personal injury and construction law. He received his undergraduate and master's degrees in religious studies from the University of Tennessee. He graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Law in May 2007.

Now in its 10th year, Leadership Law is designed to equip Tennessee lawyers with the vision, knowledge and skills necessary to serve as leaders in their profession and local communities. Over the course of six months, class members learn about leadership in the legal profession, issues in the courts, policymaking in state government and the importance of community service.

Graduating class members are:

Laura Bishop Baker, Law Offices of John Day, Brentwood
Ahsaki E. Baptist, Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs, Memphis
Danielle W. Barnes, State Department of Human Resources, Nashville
Lee Bussart Bowles, Marshall County General Sessions Judge, Lewisburg
Miranda R. Christy, Stites & Harbison, Nashville
H. Garth Click, Click Law Office, Springfield
Christopher E. Coleman, Tennessee Justice Center, Nashville
Aaron J. Conklin, Administrative Office of the Courts, Nashville
Margaret F. Cooper, Thomason, Hendrix, Harvey, Johnson & Mitchell, Memphis
Caitlin E. Doty, Tennessee Attorney General’s Office, Nashville
Mary Beth Hagan, Hagan & Farrar PLLC, Murfreesboro
William A. “Trey” Harris III, McColpin, Coffman & Harris, Chattanooga
Daniel C. Headrick, Paine, Tarwater & Bickers, Knoxville
Robert C. Hillyer, Butler, Snow, O’Mara, Stevens & Cannada, Memphis
Meredith B. Humbert, Hunter, Smith & Davis, Kingsport
Mark A. Ison, Sherrard & Roe, Nashville
Joshua H. Jenne, Jenne, Scott & Jenne, Cleveland
Carrie E. Kerley, The Landers Firm, Memphis
Caroline E. Knight, 13th Judicial District Attorney General’s Office, Crossville
Teresa A. Luna, Spragins, Barnett & Cobb, Jackson
Jason R. McLellan, McLellan Law Office, Kingsport
R. Brad Morgan, University of Tennessee, Knoxville    
Kristi J. Murray, Legal Aid Society of East Tennessee, Johnson City
P. Matthew Potempa, Law Office of Matt Potempa, Nashville    
Angela B. Rauber, City of Knoxville Law Department, Knoxville
Ben J. Scott, Butler, Snow, O'Mara, Stevens & Cannada, Memphis
Adam C. Simpson, Martin, Tate, Morrow & Marston, Memphis
Terica N. Smith, Office of the District Attorney, Lexington
Pamela G. Vawter, Flippin, Collins & Hill, Milan
J. David Wicker, Roberts & Wicker, Nashville
Jon A. York, Pentecost & Glenn, Jackson
Kinika L. Young, Bass, Berry & Sims, Nashville


The Tennessee Bar Association (TBA) is the largest professional association in Tennessee with more than 11,000 members. Founded in 1881, the TBA provides opportunities for continuing legal education, professional development and public service. The TBA’s dedication to serving the state’s legal community is evidenced by its membership roll, which represents the entire spectrum of legal practice: plaintiff and defense lawyers, corporate counsel, judges, prosecutors, public defenders, government lawyers and legal services attorneys.

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Stacey Shrader Joslin
Tennessee Bar Association
(615)277-3218
221 Fourth Ave. N., Suite 400
Nashville, TN 37219

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Photographs and additional biographical information are available for class members on request.