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MBA Memorial Service Set for May 2

The Memphis Bar Association (MBA) will hold its 2014 Memorial Service May 2 at noon at the downtown Calvary Episcopal Church. Attorneys to be honored include: Fred Acuff, Alex Barnett, Howard R. “Roy” Berkenstock Jr., James C. Blackburn, Malford A. Blankenship, Leo J. Buchignani, Susan McKwen Clark, Bill Clifton, Elizabeth Tansil Collins, Clarence J. Colbert Jr., Thomas E. Crawford, Lundy Webb Daniel, David M. Discenza, Gayden Drew IV, Dauphine Mahoney Garthright, Lyman Christian Harrell III, Leroy L. Hidinger Jr., Evie Randolph Horton, W. Thomas Hutton, Paul D. Leitch, Col. Paul J. McClure Jr., James McMahon, Etandra Fenae Miller Douglas, Charles A. Sevier, G. Donald Siemer, William J. Simmons, Sonja White-Simpson, Cecil D. Smith, Frank T. Stegbauer, Stephen K. Tapp, Richard S. Wade and William C. Wilson. Those who would like to submit a memorial about any of the deceased should email Mary Lynes or call her at (901) 527-3573.

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Nashville Bar Foundation Awards Nearly $25K in Grants

The Nashville Bar Foundation, the charitable arm of the Nashville Bar Association, has awarded $24,925 in grants to four area nonprofits to support their law-related educational and charitable initiatives. The recipients are: the Family Center was given $2,000 to develop a new child abuse prevention program that will help lawyers more effectively respond to abuse cases; the Legal Aid Society was given $10,000 to expand legal assistance for immigrant and refugee communities; Mental Health America of Middle Tennessee was given $1,500 to educate the legal profession on how to deal with clients who have personality disorders, high anxiety or mental illness; and Nashville Community Education was given $1,425 to expand The People’s Law School, a program that offers a series of free legal classes to the public about important legal issues.

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Judge Upholds Requirement for Memphis-Shelby County Consolidation

The 2010 federal court lawsuit over the failed attempt at consolidating the city of Memphis and Shelby County governments has failed as well with an order Wednesday from U.S. District Judge Thomas Anderson granting a motion for summary judgment by defendants in the case. The proposal for consolidation lost by a large margin in the county outside Memphis, although it was approved by a narrow margin within Memphis. The lawsuit filed in 2010 challenged on constitutional grounds the state law requiring that such a charter must be approved by dual majorities in separate referendums for consolidation to take place. The Memphis Daily News has more.

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MBA Memorial Service May 2

The Memphis Bar Association will sponsor its Annual Memorial Service on May 2 at Calvary Episcopal Church. The memorial will honor 28 individuals within the Memphis legal community who have died. If you know a member who should be included or would like to write a memorial about any of the honorees, contact Mary Lynes at (901) 527-3573.

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Napier-Looby Banquet Honors TSU Professor

Nashville’s Napier-Looby Bar Foundation on Thursday will honor Tennessee State University (TSU) professor Robert Smith for his efforts to help black students, the Tennessean reports. Smith, who teaches constitutional and criminal law at TSU and has coached the school’s mock trial team since its inception, will receive the Z. Alexander Looby Lifetime Achievement Award at the organization's annual banquet and award ceremony. Three other attorneys also will be recognized during the banquet. They are Sheila Calloway of the Davidson County Juvenile Court, attorney Cynthia Fitzgerald and Jerrilyn Manning of the Nashville public defender’s office.

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If You Did It, Flaunt It With a TBJ Announcement

The Tennessee Bar Journal has a new opportunity for lawyers and firms to promote outstanding achievements, new associates, new partners, mergers, awards and any changes within the firm. Now, Professional Announcements are available at special, lower-rate pricing. You can tell more than 12,000 of your peers about your accomplishments by placing an announcement in the Journal. For information or to place an announcement, contact Debbie Taylor at 503-445-2231 or Debbie@llm.com. To have an announcement placed in the April issue, please contact her before Feb. 18.

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Mickel Installed as CBA President

Timothy L. Mickel, a partner in the Chattanooga law firm of Evans Harrison Hackett, was installed as president of the Chattanooga Bar Association (CBA) at the association’s 116th annual meeting on Jan. 22. Mickel was sworn in by Hamilton County Circuit Court Judge W. Neil Thomas. Mickel has served on the CBA Board of Governors since 2009. He also serves as president of the Justices Ray L. Brock, Jr. and Robert E. Cooper American Inn of Court and is a past chairman of the Board of the American Red Cross of Greater Chattanooga, the Chattanoogan reports.

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Napier- Looby Annual Barrister’s Banquet Feb. 20

The Napier-Looby Bar Association will host the 10th Annual Barristers’ Banquet and Awards Program at the Music City Center in Nashville on Feb. 20. Cocktail reception begins at 6 p.m., followed by dinner and awards presentation. This year’s honorees are Sheila Calloway of the Metro Nashville Juvenile Court, Cynthia Fitzgerald of the Law Offices of Cynthia Fitzgerald, Jerrilyn Manning of the Metro Public Defender’s Office and Robert Smith of Smith Hirsch PLC. Please RSVP by Feb. 12.

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CBA to Hold Memorial Service

The Chattanooga Bar Association (CBA) will hold a memorial service on March 7 at 11 a.m. in the Hamilton County Courthouse. Those remembered will include the Hon. Edward A. “Butch” Synder, Ralph Russell Armstrong, former Tennessee Bar Association President Charles Gearhiser, Allan Geschwind, John Lee III, Ben Haden and J. Guy Beatty Jr.

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Attorneys Honored at CBA Annual Meeting

The Chattanooga Bar Association (CBA) honored seven attorneys at the 116th Annual Meeting yesterday. Michael N. St. Charles of Chamblis Bahner Stophel was awarded the Ralph M. Kelly Humanitarian Award; Lee Davis of Davis & Hoss was awarded the President’s Award; B. Paul Hatcher of Duncan Hatcher Hixson & Fleenor was awarded the Albert Hodge Volunteer Award; William P. Aiken Jr. was awarded the Harry Weil Zealous Practice of Law Award; Paul R Leitner of Leitner Williasm Dooley & Napolitan was awarded the Joe Chambliss Lifetime Achievement Award; and H. Eric Burnette of Burnett Dobson & Pinchak and Kirby Yost of Chambliss Bahner & Stophel were jointly awarded the Young Lawyer Division Volunteer of the Year Award. To learn more about the honorees, visit the CBA website.

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KBA Elects Officers, Presents Award

At the Knoxville Bar Association’s Annual Meeting last week, Wade V. Davies assumed the presidency, and the organization elected Tasha C. Blakney as president-elect, Amanda M. Busby as secretary and Wayne R. Kramer as treasurer. The following were elected to the Board of Governors: Charles E. Atchley Jr., Wynne du Mariau Caffey, Dawn Coppock and Keith D. Stewart. Also at the meeting, John T. O’Connor II was presented the KBA's highest award, the prestigious Governor’s Award. In making the presentation, Bill Vines said “John T. O’Connor II has been described as one of the hardest working lawyers in the Knoxville Bar and he is a worthy recipient of the Knoxville Bar Association’s Governors’ Award.” Also at the meeting, James P. Moneyhun Jr. was introduced as president of the Knoxville Barristers, the KBA's Young Lawyers Division.

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Washington County Bar Names New President

Amber Floyd Lee, an attorney with Cox and Lee in Johnson City, is the new president of the Washington County Bar Association. Other officers are Vice President McKenna Cox, Secretary Kris Hatcher, Treasurer Robert Bates and Communications Officer Suzanne Cook.

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Pickett Named NBJ Contributor of the Year

A news item in yesterday’s issue of TBA Today included a summary of the Nashville Bar Association’s Annual Meeting. One award that was accidently omitted from the story was the presentation of the Nashville Bar Journal's (NBJ) Contributor of the Year Award to Bart Pickett.

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KBA Annual Meeting This Friday

The Knoxville Bar Association will hold its Annual Membership Meeting Friday at 8:30 a.m. at the Main Assembly Room of the City County Building. Wade V. Davies is set to assume the presidency of the association. Other officers poised to be elected are President-elect Tasha C. Blakney, Treasurer Wayne R. Kramer and Secretary Amanda M. Busby. Members also will select three members for the Board of Governors and one member to serve as the Government/Public Sector representative on the board. Those nominated to date are Joshua M. Ball, Wynne du Mariau Caffey, Robert R. Carl II, S. Dawn Coppock, Timothy M. McLemore and Keith D. Stewart. Charles E. Atchley Jr. is the only candidate thus far for the government position but nominations for all of these seats may be made during the meeting.

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MBA Annual Meeting Set for This Week

The Memphis Bar Association will hold its annual meeting Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the University of Memphis Holiday Inn, 3700 Central Ave. Members will toast the achievements of outgoing President Linda Warren Seely and welcome Kirk Caraway as the 2014 president. The group also will present two awards. Jim Garts will receive the Judge Jerome Turner Lawyer’s Lawyer Award and Stacie Winkler will receive the Sam A. Myar Jr. Memorial Award. Tickets are $40 per person. To reserve a seat, please contact Charlotte Gean at (901) 527-3574.

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Judge Donna Fields Receives MBA Award

Shelby County Circuit Court Judge Donna Fields is the 2013 recipient of the Chancellor Charles A. Rond Memorial Award for Outstanding Judge of the Year. The award, given annually by the Memphis Bar Association Young Lawyers Division (MBA YLD), honors the memory of Chancellor Rond, who was known for his intelligence, fairness, wise decisions, integrity and great wit. All Shelby County judges are eligible to receive the award, which was first given in 1976. YLD members vote on each year’s recipient based on ability, demeanor, integrity and diligence.

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Memphis Bar Moving to New Office Tonight

The Memphis Bar Association reports that it is moving its offices tonight. The association now will be located on the third floor of the BankTennessee building at 145 Court Ave., Suite 301, Memphis, TN 38103. Phone and fax numbers will remain the same though the association says telephone, email and Internet access will be down for part or all of the day on Friday due to the move.

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Chattanooga Bar Event Honors Tennessee Supreme Court

The Chattanooga Bar Association recently hosted the Tennessee Supreme Court at a reception following admission ceremonies for new lawyers. Chief Justice Gary R. Wade led the ceremonies in the Hamilton County Courthouse, where more than two dozen took the oath to practice law in Tennessee. See photos from the reception at the Hunter Museum of American Art.

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Chattanooga Bar Honors Tennessee Supreme Court

The Chattanooga Bar Association hosted the Tennessee Supreme Court at a reception following admission ceremonies on Nov. 4. Chief Justice Gary R. Wade led the ceremonies in the Hamilton County Courthouse, where more than two dozen took the oath to practice law in Tennessee. Below are photos from the reception at the Hunter Museum of American Art. Photos provided by Alex McMahan.

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KBA to Elect New Leaders at Annual Meeting

The Knoxville Bar Association (KBA) will hold its Annual Meeting Dec. 13 at 8:30 a.m. at the City County Building. The KBA’s Nominating Committee has recommended the following members for election: Tasha C. Blakney for president-elect, Wayne R. Kramer for treasurer and Amanda M. Busby for secretary. Association members also will fill four open positions on the board. Those nominated to date include Charles E. Atchley Jr., Joshua M. Ball, Wynne du Mariau Caffey, Robert R. Carl II, S. Dawn Coppock, Timothy M. McLemore and Keith D. Stewart. The KBA reports that all judges have been asked to delay court until 10 a.m. that day.

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KBA Holds Memorial Service Nov. 22

The Knoxville Bar Association (KBA) will hold it annual memorial service Nov. 22 at 3 p.m. The events honors area lawyers who have died in the preceeding year. This year’s service will be held in the Tennessee Supreme Court Courtroom on the second floor of the federal courthouse. A reception will follow. Colleagues being remembered are Willard N. Albert, Leonard J. Gajewski, Ralph E. Harwell, Geoffrey D. Kressin, Robert H. Leonard, Edward C. Miller Jr., Thomas A. Monceret, Don W. Ownby, Claude O. Ramer II, John B. Rayson and Harold B. Stone.

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NBA Member Picnic Set for Thursday

The Nashville Bar Association's free Annual Member Picnic will take place Thursday at the Hall of Fame Park, located between the Country Music Hall of Fame, Hilton Hotel and Schermerhorn Symphony Center. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. with dinner from the Copper Kettle to be served at 7 p.m. This year’s picnic, cosponsored by the Metro Law Department, will feature a sports theme with trivia and activities provided by event sponsors. Attendees are encouraged to show support for their favorite sports team by wearing a jersey or team hat.

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NBA to Hold Member Picnic in September

The annual Nashville Bar Association Member Picnic will be held Sept. 19 at Hall of Fame Park. This year’s event is co-sponsored by the Metro Law Department. Festivities kick off at 5:30 p.m. with dinner following at 7 p.m. The Hall of Fame Park is located downtown between the Country Music Hall of Fame, Downtown Hilton Hotel and Schermerhorn Symphony Center. The picnic is free for members and their children but responses are requested. Register at the link above.

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Madison County Bar Elects First Black President

Hewitt Chatman has been elected as the first black president of the Madison County Bar Association, the Jackson Sun reports. Chatman, a public defender, was vice president of the association and served on the board for several years. A graduate of the University of Michigan at Flynt, Chatman also graduated with a degree in personnel management from Central Michigan University and was licensed to practice law in Michigan in 1985.

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NBA Survey: Sweeney Top Choice for Appeals Court

Nashville attorney Matthew J. Sweeney drew the highest marks in a just released survey ranking the 10 candidates seeking to serve on the Tennessee Court of Appeals. Conducted by the Nashville Bar Association (NBA), the survey asked members to rate the candidates as “highly recommend,” “recommend,” “do not recommend” and "no opinion.” Sweeney, who practices with Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, significantly outpolled other members of the group with 47 percent of respondents highly recommending him. The NBA conducts the poll, Executive Director Gigi Woodruff said, to provide the Judicial Selection Commission, the governor and the public with "input from attorneys who are likely to know these candidates, both personally and professionally, and are able to express an opinion on their qualifications to be a judge." See the survey results.

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