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Chattanooga Bar to Host Law Day Events

To mark the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta, the Chattanooga Bar Association has invited former White House head of the Special Investigations Unit Egil “Bud” Krogh to be the guest speaker at two Law Day events on May 1: the annual Law Day luncheon at noon and a morning session for high school seniors. Krogh will tell his story about his rise from young presidential counsel to his indictment and prison sentence for authorizing the burglary of Dr. Lewis Fielding’s office in an attempt to discredit Daniel Ellsberg, who released the Pentagon Papers without authorization. To attend the luncheon, contact the CBA at (423) 756-3222. Hamilton County Herald has more.

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Legal Aid Kicks Off 2015 Campaign for Equal Justice

Legal Aid Kicks off 2015 Campaign for Equal Justice

Current and former attorneys from the Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee & the Cumberlands gather following the 2015 Campaign for Equal Justice Luncheon in Nashville. 

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Napier-Looby Presents Fellows, Awards

The Napier-Looby Bar Foundation celebrated its 11th Annual Barristers’ Banquet and Awards Program in Nashville last night. Foundation President William Stover presented Judge Allegra Walker and Nashville lawyer Luther Wright the Justice A. A. Birch Outstanding Service Award. Newly elected Judge Kelvin Jones received the J.C. Napier Trailblazer Award and Susan Short Jones was the recipient of the Z. Alexander Looby Lifetime Achievement Award. New Fellows introduced at the event included General Sessions Judge Rachel Bell, Charles Bone, Gordon Bonnyman, Dewey Branstetter, Ed Kindall and George Thompson III. The Foundation funds scholarships for promising students at several Tennessee law schools. To learn more  visit the NLB Foundation website.

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ABA to Fund Programs that Employ New, Underutilized Lawyers

Organizations with initiatives to employ new and underutilized lawyers in innovative ways while meeting the legal needs of poor and moderate-income individuals can apply for start-up funding from the American Bar Association. Now in the second year, the Catalyst Grants are designed for programs proposed by bar associations, courts, law schools and other groups. View the press release

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Apply By March 13 for Knoxville Bar Foundation Grants

The Knoxville Bar Foundation is accepting applications through March 13 for its 2015 grant program. Organizations should apply if they are engaged in activities that advance the administration of justice, enhance the public’s understanding of the legal system or serve the legal profession. Applications must be postmarked or hand delivered no later than 5 p.m. March 13. For more information contact foundation chair J. Michael Haynes, (865) 292-2307.

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Chattanooga Bar Honors Lawyers for Achievements

The Chattanooga Bar Association presented six awards at its Annual Meeting. Joseph C. Simpson with Husch Blackwell received the Ralph K. Kelley Humanitarian Award; Marcia J. Eason with Miller & Martin received the President’s Award; Hamilton County General Sessions Judge Clarence Shattuck received the Jac Chambliss Lifetime Achievement Award; Charles W. “Buzz” Dooley with Leitner, Williams, Dooley & Napolitan received the Albert L. Hodge Volunteer of the Year Award; Richard A. Schulman with Patrick, Beard, Schulman & Jacoway received the Harry Weill Zealous Practice of Law Award; and Brittany Thomas with Grant, Konvalinka & Harrison received the Young Lawyer Division Volunteer of the Year Award.

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CBA President Calls on Members to Recruit More

During remarks at the Chattanooga Bar Association’s 117th Annual Meeting last week, newly installed president Paul Hatcher called on members to help swell its ranks from fewer than 65 percent of the city’s attorneys to something closer to the 85 percent it once served. “As great a job as we’re doing, and as great an organization as this is, we still have a drop in membership we need to repair,” Hatcher said. The Hamilton County Herald has more.

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Robertson County Bar Elects New Leadership

Jonathan A. Garner will serve as the new president of the Robertson County Bar Association. Garner is with Walker & Garner, formerly Goodman & Walker, located in Springfield.

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KBA President Outlines Service Program

Recently installed Knoxville Bar Association (KBA) President Tasha Blakney has outlined her service program for the year, including a new “Open Service” initiative, which will be co-chaired by Jamie Ballinger-Holder and Troy Weston. The first project will be providing dinner to 50 residents of the downtown YWCA facility on Jan. 7 at 6 p.m. Judge Deborah Stevens, president of the YWCA Board, will host volunteers and provide a tour of the facility for those who are interested. To provide food, help serve or decorate contact Ballinger-Holden or (865) 549-7216.

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KBA Elects New Leaders, Honors Member Achievements

Tasha Blakney of Eldridge & Blakney became president of the Knoxville Bar Association at the group's annual meeting on Friday. KBA members also elected Wayne R. Kramer as president-elect, Keith Burroughs as secretary and Amanda M. Busby as treasurer. Four board members also were chosen. They are: Lisa Hall, Dana C. Holloway, Judge Deborah C. Stevens (Government/Public Sector Position) and John E. Winters. The KBA presented the Governor’s Award to Sarah Y. Sheppeard for her work to improve the legal profession as a teacher, bar leader and writer, and presented the 2014 Judicial Excellence Award to U.S. District Court Judge Leon Jordan. Finally, Taylor Williams with Paine | Bickers was introduced as president of the Knoxville Barristers and Troy Weston with Eldridge & Blakney was presented the Barristers’ Presidents’ Award. Read more on the KBA website.

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Chattanooga Bar Association Receives Facelift

The offices of the Chattanooga Bar Association are sporting a fresh new look this holiday season, the Hamilton County Herald reports. Renovations of the bar’s space on the fourth floor of the Pioneer Building downtown were completed Nov. 14, and Executive Director Lynda Hood and Executive Assistant Wanda Paschal have settled in and resumed normal operations.

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Lanquist to Lead Nashville Bar

New Nashville Bar Association president Ed Lanquist took the gavel from Charles Grant last night at the Nashville Bar Association Banquet. Joycelyn Stevenson was announced as President-Elect and George Barrett was posthumously awarded the John C. Tune Award. With the bar continuing to grow and membership growth flat, Lanquist told the group the NBA is at a critical turning point but that with an eye on history, and a focus on relevance, the NBA could resume its role of leadership in the community.

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Bar Groups Hold Annual Meetings Next Week

The Memphis Bar Association will hold its Annual Meeting next Wednesday at the University of Memphis Holiday Inn. The reception begins at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. President Kirk Caraway will pass the gavel to Tommy Parker, new board members will be announced and awards will be given. Former lawyer and columnist at the Commercial Appeal Geoff Calkins will give the keynote address. Then next Thursday, the Nashville Bar Association will hold its Annual Meeting at the Wildhorse Saloon. The reception begins at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner and program at 7 p.m. The passing of the gavel from President Charles Grant to President-Elect Ed Lanquist, introduction of new officers and presentation of awards will cap off the evening. Among those being honored is George Barrett, who will receive the Tune Award posthumously. RSVP at the links above.

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Judge Portrait Unveiling Dec. 12

Retired Judge Arden Hill’s portrait unveiling is set for Dec. 12 at 2 p.m. at the Washington County Courthouse. The Washington County Bar Association newsletter has more information. 

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Bar Associations Honor Deceased Attorneys, Judges

The Nashville Bar Association will conduct its 108th Memorial Service honoring deceased Nashville attorneys and judges on Nov. 20 at the Downtown Presbyterian Church at 11 a.m. There will be a reception immediately following the service in the church's Fellowship Hall. The Knoxville Bar Association will sponsor a memorial service on Nov. 21 at 3 p.m. at the Tennessee Supreme Court Courthouse, 505 Main St. in Knoxville. The service will be led by Supreme Court Justice Gary R. Wade and Rev. Charles W.B. Fels. A reception will follow.

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Jackson Bar Hosts Amendment 2 Forum

The Jackson Madison County Bar Association (JMCBA) is hosting a public forum on Oct. 23 on proposed constitutional Amendment 2. The event will be held at Union University’s Carl Grant Events Center from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Speakers from “Yes on 2” and “Vote No” campaigns will be present. For more information contact JMCBA President Matt West, (731) 660-7777.

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Chief Endorses Amendment 2 at KBA Event

Newly installed Chief Justice Sharon Lee last night endorsed Amendment 2 on judicial selection and thanked the bench and bar for the “civics lesson” on the importance of fair and impartial courts delivered to the citizens this summer as part of the judicial retention campaign. Her remarks came during the Knoxville Bar Association's Supreme Court Dinner last night. More than 500 judges and lawyers attended the gathering and celebrated the retention of Justices Lee, Clark and Wade. Justices Jeff Bivins and Holly Kirby, both recently appointed by Gov. Bill Haslam, also were on hand as the court opened its new term in East Tennessee today. KBA President Wade Davies presented a special token of appreciation to Justice Janice Holder upon her retirement.

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Legislator, Bar Association Look at Judicial Qualifications

Qualifications for becoming a judge in Tennessee are coming under scrutiny following the recent election. State Rep. Ryan Haynes, chair of the Knox County legislative delegation, and the Knoxville Bar Association (KBA) say they plan to look into whether legislation or a constitutional amendment is needed to increase qualifications for judges, Knoxnews reports. The move follows Republican Clarence Eddie Pridemore’s upset victory over Democrat incumbent Chancellor Daryl Fansler. Pridemore has three years experience as a lawyer, mostly handling cases outside of Knox County, and he has never practiced in chancery court. KBA President Wade Davies said the effort “would require a statewide study,” which “probably would require a constitutional amendment.

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KBA Endorses Amendment 2

The Knoxville Bar Association (KBA) Board of Governors has endorsed Amendment 2 as the best way to ensure the merit selection process of appellate and supreme court judges, according to KBA President Wade Davies. The amendment will appear on the Nov. 4 general election ballot. Knoxnews.com reported the decision.

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Bar Associations, Former Justice Endorse Retention

The Hamblen County Bar Association is unanimously supporting the retention of Tennessee Supreme Court Justices Gary Wade, Cornelia Clark and Sharon Lee in the Aug. 7 election, the Citizen Tribune reports. “The Hamblen County Bar Association would urge voters to ignore the false and misleading advertisements, mailers, robo-calls and TV commercials which have been sponsored, in whole or in part, by “dark-money” groups and instead vote to keep partisan politics out of our courts,” officials stated. In Washington County, bar association members voted to support retention of the justices and to work to help educate the public about the significance of the election, and late this afternoon former Justice William Koch, a Republican, added his endorsement during a Knoxville campaign event.

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2 More County Bars Endorse Retention

The McMinn County Bar Association recently passed a resolution supporting retention of the three Supreme Court justices on the general election ballot, the Daily Post Athenian reports. "Some [of our members] are Republicans, some Democrats, some moderates, but we all felt strongly there should be no political involvement in judicial races at the appellate and Supreme Court levels," said McMinn County Bar Association President Sarah Kennedy. "We wanted to pass a resolution to show our support of the justices and our current system." In addition, the DeKalb County Bar Association adopted a resolution supporting all judges standing for a retention vote. General Sessions Judge Bratten Hale Cook II, president of the association, presented a copy of the resolution to Justice Connie Clark during her visit to the area yesterday, WJLE Radio reports.

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Nashville Bar Foundation Names 1st Leadership Class

The Nashville Bar Foundation (NBF) has named 28 attorneys to the inaugural class of its Leadership Forum program. The nine-month professional development program will kick-off in September and run through May 2015. Class members are Jeffrey Allen, Laura Baker, Rebecca Barnett, Joshua Burgener, Grover Collins, Alicia Cottrell, Jeff Gibson, Allen Grant, Sheryl Guinn, William Hicky, Lauren Kilgore, Whitney Henry Kimerling, Emily Lamb, Jennifer Lankford, Joseph McKinney, Josh Mullen, Tony Orlandi, Bart Pickett, Rachel Rosenblatt, Lindsay Schenk, Rebekah Shulman, Elizabeth Sitgreaves, Lauran Sturm, Taylor Sutherland, Jennifer Wade, Dannelle Walker, Charlotte Wolfe and Gulam Zade. The NBF also is seeking lawyers to serve as mentors for class members. Download an application or contact Traci Hollandsworth for more information.

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NBA Raises Funds for Child Abuse Prevention Groups

The Nashville Bar Association Young Lawyers Division will hold its 17th Annual Carbolic Smoke Ball this Saturday from 8 p.m. to midnight in the Reverb Room on the second floor of the Hard Rock Café in downtown Nashville. The event will feature a cocktail party with live music from the 90s cover band, "My So Called Band," heavy hors d'oeuvres, casino gaming and an open bar. Proceeds from this year's event will benefit two non-profit organizations: CASA Nashville & Prevent Child Abuse Tennessee. Tickets are $65 per person in advance, $75 at the door.

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Bradley County Bar Names New Officers

The Bradley County Bar Association has elected the following officers for the 2014-2015 bar year: Ashley L. Ownby, president; Jerry Hoffer, vice president; Rex A. Wagner, treasurer; and Daniel W. Clanton, secretary.

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Williamson YLD Elects Officers

The Young Lawyers Division of the Williamson County Bar Association recently elected the following officers for the 2014-2015 year: Katie Mathews Zipper, president; Cort Bethmann, secretary/treasurer; and Ben Signer and Wes Southerland, members-at-large. For more information about becoming involved with this group, please contact Katie Mathews Zipper.

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