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Nashville, Knoxville Bar Associations to Host Memorial Events This Week

The Nashville Bar and the Knoxville Bar Associations have memorial services planned for this week to honor those in the legal community lost in the past year. The NBA’s event will be held on Thursday, at the Downtown Presbyterian Church, 154 5th Ave N, at 11 a.m. Lunch will be served immediately following in the church’s Fellowship Hall. The KBA event will be held on Friday at 3 p.m. at the Tennessee Supreme Court Courtroom, 505 Main Street on the 2nd floor.
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Meet Your New TBA Staff Members

The past few months, there have been a couple of new additions to the TBA staff. Here's a brief bio on each. 

Wil Hammond

William Hammond

Sections and Committees Coordinator
(615)383-7421
 
Wil Hammond is a Sections and Committees Coordinator at the Tennessee Bar Association. In that position, he works with a number of the TBA's 32 sections and 16 committees, facilitating meetings, assisting with newsletters and ensuring they operate smoothly.

Prior to working for the TBA, he served as Communications Director for the Tennessee AFL-CIO, a Grant Manager the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development and on many state and local political campaigns. A Martin native, he graduated from the University of Tennessee at Martin with a degree in Political Communications.


Jarod Word

Jarod Word

Sections and Committees Coordinator
(615)383-7421

Jarod Word is a Sections and Committees Coordinator at the Tennessee Bar Association. In that position, he works with a number of the TBA's 32 sections and 16 committees, facilitating meetings, assisting with newsletters and ensuring they operate smoothly.

Prior to joining TBA, Jarod served as Project Coordinator for Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands. While at LAS he assisted with numerous Pro Bono initiatives including legal assistance for veterans with Operation Stand Down of Tennessee, and a project to provide legal assistance to rural communities using video technology. He also established and maintained a partnership with Metro Nashville Public Schools that facilitated legal clinics and developed informational sessions for families within the school system.

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SCBP in Memphis a Big Success

SCBP Elvis

Tennessee lawyers hosted more than 200 bar leaders and their guests during the Southern Conference of Bar Presidents gathering last week in Memphis. Programming for the executive directors and volunteer bar leaders in 17 Southern states ranged from "Civil Rights in the 21st Century" to "Elvis and His Impact on the Law." See photos from the programming and activities or check out details of the programming and other activities.

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MBA Announces Candidates for Upcoming Election

The Memphis Bar Association’s Nominations Committee has released a list of candidates for its upcoming election. Members will have the opportunity to choose between Lucie Brackin or Asia Diggs Meador for Secretary/Treasurer and to select six general board positions from the following candidates: Carlos Bibbs, Frank Cantrell, Maggie Cooper, Peter Gee, Tannera Gibson, Lisa Gill, Ted Jones, Matt May, Lauran Stimac, Matt Van Cleeve, Byron Winsett and Estelle Winsett.

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Services Tomorrow for Former TBA Executive Director Bethel

Former TBA Executive Director Billie Roberta Bethel died Saturday. She was 85. A native of Missouri, Bethel earned her law degree from Washington University in St. Louis in 1957. She practiced in Missouri, Illinois and Tennessee before joining the TBA. She managed the organization for 18 years, until she moved to Gatlinburg in 1982. Following the move, she practiced law alongside her husband, Frank Newman Bratton. Services for Bethel will be held tomorrow, with visitation at 3 p.m. and funeral services following at 4 p.m., at the Atchley Funeral Home in Sevierville.
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Chief Justice Outlines Issues Facing Court at KBA Dinner

Chief Justice Jeff Bivins summarized key areas of focus for the court this year — including indigent representation reform, juvenile justice reform and access to justice challenges — during the Knoxville Bar Association's Annual Supreme Court dinner Wednesday night. Joining Bivins at the podium was keynote speaker Cassius Cash, superintendent of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Cash spoke on the growth of visitors to the park, as well as his mission to reach out to young people in a more meaningful way about the importance of national parks. The Knoxville Bar Association also honored TBA Executive Director Emeritus Allan Ramsaur for his service to the profession.

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3 Chattanooga Attorneys Honored as Fellows

The Chattanooga Bar Foundation recently selected Bobby Dann of Miller & Martin, Nora McCarthy of McCarthy Murphy & Preslar and Josh Powers of Baker Donelson as new Fellows. The three were inducted during the annual Fellows Luncheon at the Mountain City Club. To be invited to become a Fellow, an attorney must have an outstanding record of service to both the Chattanooga Bar Association and the broader community, CBA Executive Director Lynda Hood writes in the Hamilton County Herald.

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KBA to Host Unveiling of Judicial Portraits

The Knoxville Bar Association will host a ceremony to unveil the portraits of Chancellor Daryl Fansler, Criminal Court Judge Mary Beth Leibowitz, Circuit Court Judges Wheeler Rosenbalm and Dale Workman and Fourth Circuit Court Judge Bill Swann at 2 p.m. on July 12 in the Atrium of the City-County Building. The portraits were done by Knoxville photographer Rachel Towers Brooks.

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Nashville Bar Honors Public Defender, Retired Judge

The Nashville Bar Association honored members of the legal community who have made an impact at its annual Law Day Luncheon on Friday, Metro Public Defender Dawn Deaner received the Jack Norman Sr. Award, given to an attorney who demonstrations repsect for the rights of all individuals in the criminal justice system. Deaner was the first woman to receive the honor. The Liberty Bell Award, which honors someone who has encouraged greater respect for law and contributes to good government, was presented to recently retired U.S. District Court Judge Todd Campbell. Court of Appeals Judge Frank Clement served as the event’s emcee, and Judge Sheila Calloway delivered the keynote speech. See photos.
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Chattanooga Bar President Fights Unauthorized Law Practice

Newly elected Chattanooga Bar Association President Bill Colvin was profiled by the Hamilton County Herald for his work fighting against attorneys who violate anti-solicitation rules or otherwise seek to exploit the public. Colvin cited the Woodmore school bus tragedy, in which five students died in a crash last November, as a catalyst for his crusade. As president, he said he also wants the bar to work towards educating the public on services local attorneys can provide. “We have to let people know LegalZoom is probably not the answer,” he said.
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KBA Planning Lawyerpalooza II

The Knoxville Bar Association (KBA) will host Lawyerpalooza II from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on April 27 at Scruffy City Hall. The event will build on the first Lawyerpalooza, which was held in 2015. The music festival is designed to showcase the talents of lawyers and judges — and new acts are needed. If you are ready to rock, contact Rachel Hurt at 865-546-7000 to volunteer or request additional information.

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Collins, Shipley Open New Law Firm

Greene County attorneys Curt Collins and Corey Shipley have opened a new law firm in downtown Greeneville, the Greeneville Sun reports. Collins Shipley opened Jan. 1 at 128 S. Main St., Suite 102. The pair will handle criminal defense, civil cases, family law cases, property management, wills and general legal advice. Collins, who is serving as president of the Greene County Bar, earned his law degree from Florida Coastal School of Law. He previously was with the John Rogers Law Group and the C Collins Law Firm. Shipley earned his law degree from the Charleston School of Law. He previously was with the Terry Law Firm in Morristown and a special assistant U.S. attorney with the United States Attorney’s Office.

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Blount County Bar Elects New Leaders

The Blount County Bar Association recently elected its 2017 officers. They are: Steven L. Williams, president; Carlos A. Yunsan, vice president; Amanda Peralta Jarret, treasurer; and Stephen S. Ogle, secretary. Ogle also will continue to serve as the organization’s program director.

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Help Needed Tomorrow for Memphis Veterans’ Clinic

A free legal clinic for veterans will be held Tuesday from noon to 2 p.m. at the Memphis Veterans Center, 1407 Union Ave., 11th floor. Volunteers are still needed, especially in the practice areas of criminal defense, family law and employment law. The clinic is co-sponsored by the Memphis Bar Association and Memphis Area Legal Services and takes place the second Tuesday of the month to assist veterans with legal advice. For more information and to volunteer, contact Jake Dickerson, 901-577-8236.

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Washington County Bar Elects New Leaders

The Washington County Bar Association has announced the results of its recent election. Laurel Farrell will take over as the new president, while Richard Phillips will take over as the new president-elect. Other officers include Will Freemon, vice president; Brian Puster, treasurer; and Elizabeth Jones, secretary. Association members also selected the following board members: Brandy Balding, Lindsay Daniel, Charles London, Solange McDaniel, David Robbins, Sunny Sandos and Christina Stapleton.

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Washington County Bar Releases Election Slate

The Washington County Bar Association today announced candidates for elected offices. Members have until Friday to vote. The nominated candidates are Laurel Farrell for president, Richard Phillips for president-elect, Will Freemon for vice president, Brian Puster for treasurer and Elizabeth Jones for secretary. The association also has one position available on its board of directors. The lawyer who fills that role will join Brandy Balding, Lindsay Daniel, Charles London, David Robbins, Sunny Sandos and Christina Stapleton on the 2017 board.

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Veterans Legal Clinic Set for Jan. 11

Volunteers are needed for a Veterans’ Legal Advice Clinic scheduled for Jan. 11 from noon to 2 p.m. in Knoxville. The clinic is one of several planned by a group of legal organizations in the city, including the Knoxville Bar Association, the Knoxville Barristers, Legal Aid of East Tennessee, Knox County Public Defender’s Office, the University of Tennessee College of Law and the local Veterans’ Affairs office. It will take place at the Knox County Public Defender’s Community Law Office, 1101 Liberty St.

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Memphis Expungement Clinic Serves 300+

The Memphis Bar Association (MBA), in partnership with the Tennessee Supreme Court Access to Justice Commission’s Faith & Justice Alliance, served more than 300 individuals at its inaugural expungement clinic and resource fair Dec. 10. The legal community also responded in force with nearly 50 attorneys, paralegals and law students donating their time. More than 900 people had registered for the event, so the MBA is working to follow up with those who were not served on-site. See photos from the day from the Administrative Office of the Courts.

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Apply for Nashville Bar Foundation Grant by Jan. 15

The Nashville Bar Foundation, the charitable arm of the Nashville Bar Association, is accepting grant applications through Jan. 15 from non-profit organizations that support law-related educational or charitable programs. Access application guidelines and the request form.

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Second Legal Clinic Planned Monday for Wildfire Survivors

Legal Aid of East Tennessee (LAET) and the Sevier County Bar Association will hold a second free legal advice clinic for wildfire survivors Monday from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Courtyard Gatlinburg, 315 Historic Nature Trail. Those impacted by area fires are eligible to receive legal advice on issues such as housing, employment, debt and insurance. No appointment is necessary and walk-ins are welcome. Attorney volunteers are needed. For more information, contact LAET’s Knoxville Pro Bono Director Kathryn Ellis, 865-637-0484. Learn more about all efforts to serve wildfire survivors.

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Volunteers Needed for Veterans’ Legal Clinic Tomorrow

A free legal clinic for veterans will be held Tuesday from noon to 2 p.m. at the Memphis Veterans Center, 1407 Union Ave., 11th floor. Volunteers are still needed, especially in the practice areas of criminal defense, family law and employment law. The clinic is co-sponsored by the Memphis Bar Association and Memphis Area Legal Services and takes place the second Tuesday of the month to assist veterans with legal advice. For more information and to volunteer, contact Jake Dickerson, 901-577-8236.

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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; Marnie Huff is second vice president; 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. Lauren Paxton Roberts is the Young Lawyers Division 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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