Leadership Law Alumni

Leadership Law aims to serve the legal profession by equipping participants with the vision, knowledge and skills necessary to serve as leaders in the profession and in the community as a whole.

US Attorney's Office
110 9th Ave S. Ste A961
Nashville, TN 37203-3870
Immediate Past Chair
Eldridge & Blakney PC
PO Box 398
Knoxville, TN 37901

King Assassination Witness Dies in Memphis

The Rev. Samuel “Billy” Kyles, who witnessed the 1968 assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. from the balcony of the Lorraine Motel and spent much of his life as a civil and human rights activist, died Tuesday after a long illness. He was 81, The Commercial Appeal reports. Rev. Kyles believed he was called to recount the events of that day and did so many times, all around the world. His appearances included several before TBA Leadership Law classes.

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Alumni Happenings

The Greater Knoxville Business Journal has selected Jamie Ballinger-Holden (2015) as one of its “40 Under 40.” Each year, the “40 Under 40” program recognizes a group of 40 young leaders who are leaving their mark on Knoxville through their professional and philanthropic efforts. A link to the article may be found here.

Making the “40 Under 40” list for the Nashville Business Journal are Ashleigh Roberts (2015) and Gabe Roberts (2016). This list is comprised of men in women making big names for themselves in the Nashville business scene. The complete list of Nashville winners can be found here.

The law firm owned by TBALL Alums Amy Farrar (2011) and Sonya Wright (2013), Farrar & Wright, PLLC, purchased a new building and is now located at 122 North Church Street on the Square in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Amy and Jeff Farrar are also pleased to announce the birth of her third child, Samuel Freeman Farrar, 9lbs 12 ounces, born February 3, 2016.

Megan Arthur (2012) is excited to announce that effective February 15, 2016, she will join the law firm of Evans Petree PC in Memphis, Tennessee as a partner to continue to grow her domestic litigation practice and offer even more varied services to her clients.

Sherie Edwards (2010) is starting her fourth year as a Board Member of United Way of Williamson County, and second year as the Chair of the Community Impact committee.  Community Impact addresses the identification of the needs of Williamson County residents in the areas of Income, Education, Health, and Rebuilding Lives, and applies their resources to meeting those needs.  She has also been elected Secretary of the Association of Corporate Counsel’s Small Law Department Committee, which has 6,700 members internationally, and is serving as a Mentor for the ABA TIPS Corporate Counsel section.

Tracy Kane (2013) was recently nominated and elected to serve on the Board of the Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC). She was also recently elected to serve as Secretary of the Board of the Nashville Conflict Resolution Center, which ensures that all people in our community has access to mediation and can work together to safely solve conflict. She was also reelected to the Board of Sister Cities of Nashville where she serves as the Chair of the Nashville-Belfast City Partnership.

Sheri A. Fox (2008) recently left her practice at Baker Donelson to become the Executive Director of Legal Aid of East Tennessee, effective January 1, 2016. Her new contact information is: Legal Aid of East Tennessee, 535 Chestnut Street, Suite 360, Chattanooga, TN 37402, (423) 492-4756, sfox@laet.org.

DarKenya Waller (2011) of the Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands was named a “Women of Influence” in the category of Community Supporter by the Nashville Business Journal. The winners of this award were recognized for standing out in their fields, bringing their businesses to the forefront and helping others achieve success. The complete list can be found here.

Mark Ison (2013) of Sherrard & Roe, and his wife, Lindsay, welcomed their first child, Evelyn Margaret Ison, into the world on October 13, 2015.  All have been happy and healthy since.

Charity Miles Williams (2015) is pleased to announce that she and her family have relocated to Nashville, TN, leaving behind wonderful friends and colleagues in Knoxville, TN.  Effective December 1, 2015, she started working as a staff attorney at the Tennessee Fair Housing Council (TFHC), where her primary focus is on housing discrimination.  Her new contact information is:  Charity Miles Williams, Staff Attorney, Tennessee Fair Housing Council, 107 Music City Circle, Suite 318, Nashville, TN 37214, (615) 212-3120 (direct line), (615) 874-1636 (fax), charity@tennfairhousing.org.

Effective January 1, 2016, Stephanie Coleman (2013) became a partner at Robertson Overby where she has practiced since 2008.

Miranda Christy (2013) recently joined the in-house legal team at UBS. Her new contact information is:  Miranda Christy, Director and Counsel, UBS Investment Bank, 315 Deaderick Street, Nashville, Tennessee 37238, Tel: 615.393.7800, Mobile: 615.945.9393, miranda.christy@ubs.com.

Inaugural TBALL class member Maria Salas (2004) was appointed Clerk and Master of the Davidson County Chancery Court, effective December 1, 2015.

Amanda Busy (2013) and her law partner, Adrienne Anderson, have purchased an office condo and their firm, Anderson Busby PLLC, has moved to 550 Main Street, Suite 700, Knoxville, TN 37902. Amanda has also been named President-Elect of the Knoxville Bar Association.

Effective January 13, 2016, Annie Christoff (2013) was elected a member of the law firm Bass Berry & Sims. Annie concentrates her practice in complex business, securities and patent litigation. She represents clients in traditional business litigation, intellectual property litigation, securities litigation and arbitration, and commercial disputes.

Alicia Brown Oliver (2004) is now Counsel at BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee. Her new contact information is: Counsel, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, 1 Cameron Hill Circle, Chattanooga, TN 37402, (423) 535-2922, alicia_oliver@bcbst.com.

Leslie Beale (2012) has opened Profusion Strategies, a coaching firm for professional women. Leslie helps these ambitious ladies ditch their stress, regain their focus, and harmonize their personal and professional goals. You can find her at Leslie L. Beale, JD, Success Coach Profusion Strategies, Phone: (865) 228-5368, www.ProfusionStrategies.com

Tyler Yarbro (2012) and State Senator Jeff Yarbro (2011) recently welcomed a new baby girl. Katherine James Yarbro was born on February 18.

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