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KBA Elects Officers, New Board Members

The Knoxville Bar Association held its Annual Membership Meeting & Elections today at the City County Building. Amanda Busby took over as the new president. Other officers elected were President-Elect Keith H. Burroughs, Treasurer Wynne Caffey-Knight and Secretary Hanson R. Tipton. KBA members also chose three new board members from among six who were running. The new board members are Kathryn St. Clair Ellis, Stephen Ross Johnson and Mary D. Miller.

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MBA Names New President, Officers

The Memphis Bar Association (MBA) held its Annual Meeting & Elections last night. New officers are President Dean DeCandia of the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Vice President Earle Schwarz and Secretary/Treasurer Annie T. Christoff with Bass Berry & Sims. Christoff will become president in 2019. The group also presented the Judge Jerome Turner Lawyers’ Lawyer Award to Lewis Thomason shareholder and former TBA President William H. “Bill” Haltom. The award is given annually to an association member who has practiced law for more than 15 years and exemplifies professional courtesy and conduct.

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Nathan Ridley is NBA's New President

Nathan Ridley was elected president of the Nashville Bar Association (NBA) Thursday during the group's annual meeting and banquet at the Music City Center. Erin Palmer Polly is the new president-elect; Robb Bigelow is first vice president-elect; Marnie Huff is second vice president-elect; Stephen Young is treasurer; and Lela Hollabaugh is general counsel. Jocelyn Stevenson, who served as president in the previous bar year, is now immediate past president. The NBA previously announced the results of contested board elections.

Awards also were presented. The YLD Enterprise Award went to Mollie Gass and Peter Malnchuk. The YLD President's Award was given to Kelly Donley and Lauren Spahn. The Nashville Bar Journal Award was presented to Jim Thomas, Kimberly Faye and Caroline Hudson; the CLE Excellence Award was given to Judges Philip Smith and Phillip Robinson. Pro Bono Awards were given to James A. Beaks and Waller LLP. And the John C. Tune Public Service Award went to Bill Harbison and Abby Rubenfeld.

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Legal Clinic Friday for Wildfire Survivors

Legal Aid of East Tennessee (LAET) and the Sevier County Bar Association will offer a free legal advice clinic for wildfire survivors this Friday. The clinic will take place from 1 to 5 p.m. at 124 Court Ave. in Sevierville. Please help spread the word about this opportunity. Volunteers are already committed to covering this clinic, but attorneys will be needed to staff other clinics in the weeks to come. For more information contact LAET’s Knoxville Pro Bono Director Kathryn Ellis, 865-637-0484.

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NBA Releases Board Election Results

The Nashville Bar Association (NBA) has announced the results of its recent board election. The following attorneys have been elected as new board members: Laura Baker, Law Office of John Day; Tracy Kane, LeanKit Inc.; Brant Phillips, Bass Berry & Sims; Eric Smith, Nissan North America; DarKenya Waller, Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands; and Stephen Zralek, Bone McAllester Norton.

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MBA to Honor Haltom With Lawyers’ Lawyer Award

Lewis Thomason shareholder and former TBA President William H. “Bill” Haltom will receive the Judge Jerome Turner Lawyers’ Lawyer Award at the Memphis Bar Association’s 2016 Annual Meeting on Dec. 8. The award is given annually to an association member who has practiced law for more than 15 years and exemplifies the aims and aspirations embodied in the group’s Guidelines for Professional Courtesy and Conduct. Haltom is also an author and regular columnist for the Tennessee Bar Journal.

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Washington County Bar Seeking Officer Nominations

The Washington County Bar Association is seeking nominations for the offices of president, president-elect, vice president, treasurer and secretary. Nominations should be made by Friday to Elizabeth Jones at elizabethjoneslaw@gmail.com. The group is also seeking attorneys to serve on its board of directors for the coming year. Those interested also should contact Jones. Elections will be held electronically this year. New officers will be introduced at the association’s Christmas party, a progressive dinner set for Dec. 9 at 6 p.m. Members are asked to donate clothing and toiletries for the local domestic violence shelter that night.

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MBA Annual Meeting Set for Dec. 8

The Memphis Bar Association will hold its Annual Meeting & Elections on Dec. 8 at the Holiday Inn near the University of Memphis. A cocktail reception will begin at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner and a program. Tickets are $60 per person or $600 for a table of 10. For more information contact the MBA at connect@memphisbar.org or 901-527-3573. RSVP for the dinner online. Voting on officers and board members is now open. Ballots are due back to the MBA by Thursday. For help with voting issues contact Executive Director Anne Fritz, 901-527-3575.

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KBA Annual Meeting Set for Dec. 9

The Knoxville Bar Association will hold its Annual Meeting on Dec. 9 at the City County Building. A continental breakfast will be available at 8 a.m. followed by the meeting at 8:30 a.m. KBA members will vote on new officers and board members, as well as a proposed amendment to the association’s dues structure. Get more information or register online. Get candidate bios here.

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NBA Announces Annual Meeting, Award Recipients

The Nashville Bar Association (NBA) will hold its Annual Meeting & Banquet at the Music City Center on Dec. 8. Among other activities, the NBA will present its 2016 John C. Tune Public Service Award at the event. The group recently announced that this year’s award will go to Nashville lawyers Bill Harbison and Abby Rubenfeld. Harbison, immediate past president of the TBA, and Rubenfeld, immediate past chair of the TBA’s LGBT Section, were instrumental in advancing the case used by the U.S. Supreme Court to affirm marriage equality.

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Thank Veterans by Helping Them Access Needed Services

"We are allowed to stand on the shoulders of others who gave their time, effort and often their lives to ensure our democracy and the Rule of Law," writes Tennessee Bar Association President Jason Long about veterans. On this Veterans Day, Long urges lawyers to give back to those who have served our country but are unable to access help. "From obtaining needed benefits, to housing, to health care, to a whole host of other issues, veterans need guidance and sometimes patience in navigating what can be a complex administrative and legal system to get the services they need and to which they are entitled. This is where lawyers can begin to repay." He encourages lawyers to help with legal clinics, especially those specifically for veterans, to say thank you by using "skills and talents as lawyers to assist those who have done the heavy lifting for us." Legal organizations in Knox County have partnered on a standing Veterans Legal Advice Clinic. The next clinic is set for Nov. 30 from noon to 2 p.m. at the Knox County Public Defender’s Office, 1101 Liberty St., Knoxville 37912. Volunteers are always needed. Read Long's column in the Tennessee Bar Journal.

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NBA Memorial Service Set for Nov. 17

The Nashville Bar Association will hold its fall memorial service next Thursday at the Downtown Presbyterian Church. The service will begin at 11 a.m. with a reception immediately following in the fellowship hall. Among those being honored are John Jay Hooker Jr., Mary Frances Lyle, Joel Moseley Sr., Gerry Neenan, Dale Quillen, Elizabeth Smith and Robert Warner Jr. Memorial resolutions recounting the lives and legal careers of the deceased will be read at the service by friends and colleagues of the bench and bar.

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KBA Sets Memorial Service for Nov. 18

The Knoxville Bar Association will hold its 2016 Memorial Service Nov. 18 at 3 p.m. EST on the second floor of the Tennessee Supreme Court Building. The service will honor Knoxville-area attorneys who passed away this year. KBA President Wayne R. Kramer, Rev. Charles Fels and Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Sharon G. Lee will be on hand to pay tribute to each of the 15 lawyers who will be remembered. A memorial service in May will honor attorneys who died after Aug. 15.

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Events Welcome Tennessee's Newest Lawyers

Fall admission ceremonies in Tennessee wrap up with two events tomorrow in Nashville, and the Tennessee Bar Association will welcome the state's newest lawyers with an open house and luncheon at the Tennessee Bar Center. The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., between the morning and afternoon swearing in ceremonies. Next week, the Nashville Bar Association will celebrate new bar admittees with a reception Nov. 15 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Jury Assembly Room of the Birch Building.

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Chili Contest, Lunch, Auction to Benefit Foster Kids

The Knoxville Bar Association will hold its annual chili cook-off, lunch and basket auction on Nov. 18 at the Knox County Juvenile Court, 3323 Division St. Chili judging will occur at 11 a.m. followed by lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. A silent auction will open at 11:30 a.m. A live auction will begin at 12:45 p.m. All winners must be present to accept their items. All proceeds from the event go to an annual foster care parents’ appreciation dinner and to meet any emergency needs of foster care children. Those interested in donating a basket should complete a donation form. For more information, call 865-215-6475.

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KBA Offers LawTalk Events This Weekend

The Knoxville Bar Association (KBA) will offer its annual LawTalk sessions tomorrow and Saturday at two locations in Knoxville. On Friday, the sessions will be held at the O’Connor Senior Center, 611 Winona St. On Saturday, the presentations will take place at Fellowship Church, 8000 Middlebrook Pike. From 9 to 10:45 a.m. each day, lawyers will focus on wills and trusts, probate options and the importance of living wills and powers of attorney. Then from 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., lawyers will discuss legal protections for the elderly, the disabled and their caregivers. The seminars are free and open to the public but registration is encouraged. Attendees can register for their preferred location at the links above. For more information call 865-522-6522.

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YLD Invited Guest News for October 2016

The TBA YLD Board invites specialty and minority bars in the state to name a representative to serve as an unfunded and non-voting member of the board. The goal of the invited guest program is to increase diversity among the board and provide an opportunity for young lawyers involved in other legal organizations to have a voice in the state bar association. See a list of all organizations invited to send representatives.
 
Association for Women Attorneys (AWA) – On November 9, the AWA will have its New Attorney Welcome and Membership Social to welcome new attorneys that have passed the bar at Bank Tennessee in Memphis.
 
For more information about the AWA, contact Megan Warden, (901) 848-8725.
 
East Tennessee Lawyers Association for Women (ETLAW) – At ETLAW’s monthly meeting on Oct. 19, Melanie D. Wilson, Dean of the University of Tennessee College of Law spoke about Miranda v. Arizona and the history both before and after the decision.
 
On Oct. 20, ETLAW supported the UT College of Law’s Law Women’s 12th Annual Chili Cook-off benefiting the YWCA Knoxville. ETLAW won third place with its Spicy Sweet Corn and Venison Tenderloin chili.
 
On Oct. 22, approximately 23 ETLAW and UT Law Women members, family and friends joined together to participate in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Knoxville. ETLAW’s race shirt (provided to all team members) won the T-shirt competition.
 
ETLAW will be hosting its Annual Supreme Court Luncheon on Nov. 7 at noon at The Foundry in Knoxville. All are welcome to attend. The cost of an individual ticket is $35 and New Admittees can attend for only $15. The luncheon follows the swearing-in ceremony in Knoxville that morning. Should you have questions, please contact Alyssa Y. Minge, ETLAW President-Elect, at alyssa.minge@leitnerfirm.com or at (865) 342-4916.
 
For more information about the group, contact Alicia Teubert.
 
Lawyers Association for Women, Anne Schneider Chapter – For information about the group and its activities, contact Ronda Webb-Stewart, (731) 426-1337.
 
Lawyers Association for Women, Marion Griffin Chapter – The Lawyers Association for Women – Marion Griffin Chapter will host its Annual New Admittees’ Breakfast on Nov. 8 at Music City Center, 201 5th Avenue South, in the Davidson Ballroom. The New Admittees' Breakfast has been a signature event in the Nashville legal community for 40 almost years. The event is attended by more than 300 new admittees, judges, local bar dignitaries and attorneys. This year we are excited that Metropolitan Davidson County Juvenile Court Judge Sheila Calloway is the keynote speaker. Judge Calloway was elected Judge of the Metropolitan Nashville and Davidson County Juvenile Court in August 2014. Prior to becoming Judge, she served as Juvenile Court Magistrate for 10 years. Judge Calloway is active in many organizations that advocate for students in the Metro Nashville Public Schools. She serves on the state-wide Advisory Board of Tennessee Voices for Victims and is a member of local bar associations. Click here to register.
 
For information about the group and its activities, contact Christen Blackburn, (615) 255-7722.
 
National Bar Association, Ballard Taylor Chapter – For information about the group and its activities, contact Terica Smith Anderson, (731) 423-5805.
 
National Bar Association, Ben F. Jones Chapter – For more information about the National Bar Association, Ben F. Jones Chapter, please contact Angelica Fortney, (901) 543-5725.
 
National Bar Association, Napier Looby Chapter - For information about the group and its activities, contact Cyle Catlett, (708) 845-7469.
 
National Bar Association, S.L. Hutchins Chapter – The NBA S.L. Hutchins Chapter recently held its first Annual Chattanooga Law Leadership Academy for high school students to introduce them to the practice of law. The 2-day academy consisted of local high students interested in pursuing a legal career in the 10th-12th grades and occurred during the students’ fall break. The students interacted with Judge Christie Sell, Judge Don Poole and County Attorney Rheubin Taylor. The students participated in a mock mediation, a mock trial, field trips to the courthouse and programing from local attorneys in various areas of the law. The academy was a great success, as led by TBA YLD member Ariel Anthony.
 
For information about the group and its activities, contact Ariel Anthony, (432) 755-2661.
 
Southeast Tennessee Lawyers’ Association for Women (SETLAW) – SETLAW will be hosting its annual Christmas party on December 8.
 
For more information about SETLAW contact Amanda Jelks, (423) 602-2230, or email the chapter directly.
 
Tennessee Asian Pacific American Bar Association – For information about TAPABA and its activities, contact Lanta Wang, (615) 850-8194.
 
Tennessee Lawyers Association for Women (TLAW) – For information about TLAW and its activities, contact Heather Ferguson, (865) 546-0500.
 
Tennessee Stonewall Bar Association – For information about the group and its activities, contact Judd Taback, (615) 507-6810.
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Hatch Named DUI Prosecutor of the Year

Philip A. Hatch, assistant district attorney in the 13th Judicial District, was named the state’s DUI Prosecutor of the Year by the Tennessee District Attorneys General Conference, the Herald-Citizen reports. In presenting the award, Byrant C. Dunaway, attorney general in the 13th Judicial District, praised Hatch for several notable DUI convictions, including one that went all the way to the Tennessee Supreme Court and set new precedent. Hatch, who previously served on the TBA Young Lawyers Division Board, handles cases from Clay, Cumberland, DeKalb, Overton, Pickett, Putnam and White counties from the district’s Cookeville office.

Photo: (from left) Tom Kimball, Byrant Dunaway, Philip Hatch, Jimmy Dunn

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Putnam Bar Elects New Officers

The Putnam County Bar Association has elected officers for the upcoming year. Taking over as president in 2017 will be Cookeville lawyer Tessa Lawson. She will be joined in leadership by Vice President Gordon Byars with Byars Law, Secretary Ashley Waters with the Law Office of Joy Buck Gothard, and Treasurer Richard “Dale” Bohannon.

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MALS to Hold Courthouse Clinic Thursday

Memphis Area Legal Services (MALS) will hold a Thursday afternoon Courthouse Advice & Counsel Clinic this week starting at 1:30 p.m. at the Shelby County Courthouse, 140 Adams St., Room 134. Volunteer lawyers are needed to help clients navigating the court system. For more information or to sign up call 901-523-8822 or visit www.malsi.org/volunteer.

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KBA Sections Holding Pro Bono Night

The Knoxville Bar Association’s Corporate Counsel Section and Family Law Section are joining forces for a Pro Bono Night next Tuesday. Members of the sections will gather to answer civil legal questions posted to TN Free Legal Answers. Representatives from the Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services will be available during the event to answer questions and assist with technology issues. Other volunteers are invited to join the group from 5 to 7 p.m. EST at the Adams Law Firm, 8517 Kingston Pike, Knoxville 37919. Register online to participate.

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KBA Golf Tournament Set for Next Week

The Knoxville Bar Association will host its annual charity golf tournament Monday at Holston Hills Country Club. Individual and team registrations have closed but corporate sponsors are still needed. Funds raised at the tournament will be used for the various charitable endeavors of the Barristers, including programs from its Hunger & Poverty Relief Committee.

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Boot Camp to Train Lawyers for Clinic Work

On Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. the Memphis Bar Association will hold a Legal Clinic Boot Camp for those who want to learn the basics of how to advise clients in legal clinic settings. The program, which will be held at the MBA office at 145 Court Ave. #301, will highlight the four most common issues that arise with pro bono clients. It also will provide three hours of free CLE credit if attendees agree to take a pro bono case. Learn more or register online. E-mail knewsom@memphisbar.org with any questions.

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Reminder: Supreme Court Society Event Thursday

The Tennessee Supreme Court Historical Society, in cooperation with the Knoxville Bar Association, will hold its annual cocktail reception and “Night with the Chiefs” on Thursday. The reception will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a program following at 6:30 p.m. The event, held each year to honor the members of state Supreme Court, will take place at the East Tennessee Historical Center in Knoxville. RSVP to Amanda Messer.

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‘Super’ Saturday Bar Planned for this Weekend

The Knoxville Barristers Access to Justice Committee is looking for volunteers to help with the 2016 Super Saturday Bar in Blount County this coming Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon. The clinic will be held at the Blount County Library, 508 North Cusick St. in Maryville. Those interested in volunteering should contact Kathryn Ellis or Daniel Ellis. See a list of all Celebrate Pro Bono events taking place this month.

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