CBA Honors Corker with Liberty Bell Award

The Chattanooga Bar Association honored retiring U.S. Sen. Bob Corker today with its Liberty Bell Award, the Times Free Press reports. The CBA’s only award for non-attorneys recognizes "community service that has strengthened the American system of freedom under law.” Corker served as the keynote speaker for CBA’s 60th Annual Law Day breakfast.
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Nashville Councilman Admits to Prostitution Solicitation from 20 Years Ago

Metro Nashville Council member Robert Swope admitted during a council meeting Tuesday night that he was cited 20 years ago in Hamilton County for solicitation of a prostitute, and added that “a warrant might still remain outstanding,” The Tennessean reports. Swope said that the information was brought to light by his opponent in the upcoming Tennessee Republican Party State Executive Committee election. At the time of the incident in 1998, he was not arrested, taken to jail or booked.
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Law Day Event Honors 3 in Nashville

The Nashville Bar Association honored Tom Thurman with its Jack Norman Sr. Award and David Esquivel and Bill Koch with Liberty Bell Awards during its recent annual Law Day celebration. Nearly 400 people attended the luncheon, which featured keynote speaker and former mayor Bill Purcell. The Nashville Post has photos from the event.

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LAS Honors 2 at Nashville Law Day Luncheon

The Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands announced the recipients of two awards to honor outstanding pro bono work. The Pro Bono Volunteer of the Year award was given to Chris Mayfield, assistant vice president of development for HCA Inc., and the Pro Bono Leadership Award was given to the Tennessee Office of the Attorney General & Reporter. Legal Aid Society Executive Director DarKenya Waller presented the awards today during the Nashville Bar Association’s annual Law Day lunch.
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Knoxville to Celebrate Law Day on May 3 with Luncheon

The Knoxville Bar Association will observe Law Day with a celebration and program on May 3 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Knoxville Hilton Downtown. The theme is “Separation of Powers: Framework for Freedom” and will feature speakers including Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery III, U.S. Attorney Doug Overbey and moderator U.S. Magistrate Judge Debra Poplin.
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Nashville Bar Plans 60th Annual Law Day Luncheon

The Nashville Bar Association will host its annual Law Day Luncheon at noon on May 4 at the Downtown Renaissance Hotel. This is the 60th year the event has been held, and the topic for 2018 will be “Separation of Powers: Framework for Freedom.” Former Nashville Mayor Bill Purcell will be the featured speaker, with Judge Frank Clement serving as master of ceremonies. Tickets are available on the NBA website.
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CBA Presents Awards at Annual Meeting

The Chattanooga Bar Association honored the service of several of its members at its recent annual meeting, the Hamilton County Herald reports. The President’s Award, given by outgoing president William Colvin, went to incoming president Marc Harwell. Judge William Brown received the Jac Chambliss Lifetime Achievement Award, and Sheri Fox took home the Ralph H. Kelley Humanitarian Award. The John M. Higgason Courage Award, given to an attorney deemed to have fought through an adverse situation, went to Bart Quinn, who passed away last April from cancer. Nora McCarthy received the Harry Weill Zealous Practice of Law Award. The Albert L. Hodge Volunteer Award was given to Frank Pinchak for work on the Unauthorized Practice of Law committee. The YLD Volunteer of the Year Award went to Matt Brock for his pro bono work with the CBA and the TBA.
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Harwell Assumes Leadership of Chattanooga Bar Association

Marc Harwell of Leitner, Williams, Dooley & Napolitan was recently installed as 2018 president of the Chattanooga Bar Association, the Hamilton County Herald reports. Also taking office at the group's annual meeting were board members Jimmy Rodgers of Summers, Rufalo & Rodgers; Lee Ann Adams of Gearhiser, Peters, Elliott & Cannon; and Thomas Horne of Luther Anderson. New officers include: Hamilton County Chancery Court Clerk & Master Robin Miller, treasurer; John Harrison of Evans Harrison Hackett, secretary; and Steve Jacoway of Patrick, Beard, Schulman & Jacoway, president-elect.

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Deadline Soon for Knoxville Bar Foundation Grants

Applications are due by Feb. 23 for Knoxville Bar Foundation grants, which were established to enhance the public's understanding of and confidence in the legal system, and to serve the legal profession. Last year, nine grants totaling $24,900 were approved.

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YLD Affiliate News for December 2017

American Bar Association YLD – The 2018 ABA Mid-Year Meeting will be in Vancouver, Canada, from Feb. 2-4.  Registration can be found at To learn more about the ABA YLD visit the group online, follow them on Facebook and Twitter or connect on Linkedin

Blount County Bar Association YLD – The Blount County YLD has a new president, Sarah Miracle.   For more information email Sarah or call at 865-705-7011.

Chattanooga Bar Association YLD – The Chattanooga Bar Association YLD continues to have monthly social happy hours and quarterly Coffee Talks with local judges throughout this upcoming year. The group’s next meeting and elections will be January 17. For more information about the group contact President Brittany Faith, (423) 756-8400, or follow the group on Facebook.

Jackson Madison County Bar Association YLD –For more information about the group, contact President Christie Hopper. Stay tuned for more information and follow news on the group's Facebook page.

Knoxville Bar Association Barristers –  The Barristers Volunteer Breakfast is a recurring event on the fourth Thursday of each month at 6:15 a.m. The Barristers Volunteer Breakfast Committee always needs volunteers to serve food or sponsor. Sign up here. 

Everyone is invited to attend the Barristers’ monthly meetings, which are held on the second Wednesday of every month beginning at 5 p.m. at the Bistro by the Bijou (807 South Gay Street). Mitchell Panter, Paine | Bickers LLP, is the new Barristers president.
The Knoxville Barrister Hunger & Poverty Relief Committee attended the Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee Double Your Donation Telethon recently. The group donated over 36,000 meals to families in East Tennessee this year.
Volunteers Needed for Barristers High School Mock Trial Competition - Feb. 10 and Feb. 24.  The Barristers Mock Trial Committee is looking for volunteers to help as presiding judges, scoring judges, and bailiffs for this year’s KBA High School Mock Trial Competition. Volunteers are needed for Saturday, Feb. 10 and Saturday, Feb. 24. If you are interested in volunteering for one or both of those dates, please contact Sarah Watson or Amanda Tonkin as soon as possible. Volunteers will need to be available from 8 a.m. until roughly 2 p.m. (although you might get done earlier). Volunteers will be provided with breakfast and lunch each Saturday.
Can you donate a couple of hours of your time to assist area service members and military families? The Knoxville Barristers sponsor a Veterans’ Legal Advice Clinic on the second Wednesday of each month from noon until 2 p.m. at the Knox County Public Defender’s Community Law Office.
There are many opportunities to get involved, so please contact Barristers President Mitchell Panter for more information.  Check out the Barristers online or on Facebook.

Maury County Bar Association YLD – For more information contact President Thomas Hutto, (931) 388-2822.

Memphis Bar Association YLD –  The MBA YLD recently held its annual meeting and elections. Mary Wu Tullis of Baker Donelson was elected president.

For more information about the MBA YLD, or if you would like to get involved with the MBA YLD, please contact President Mary Wu Tullis or visit the group’s Facebook page.

Montgomery County Bar Association YLD –  For information about the Montgomery County YLD contact Jamie Durrett.

Nashville Bar Association YLD –  For more information about the NBA YLD contact Lauren Paxton Roberts, or follow the group on Facebook.

Northeast Tennessee Young Lawyers Association –  For more information, please contact Caroline Ross Williams. Follow news from the group on Facebook.

Upper Cumberland Young Lawyers Association – For more information about the group, please contact President Gordon Byars. Follow news from the group on Facebook.

Williamson County Bar Association YLD –  For information about the group contact President Kendall White or follow news from the group on Facebook.

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Nashville Lawyers Prefer Escobar for General Sessions Post

Nashville Bar Association members have recommended Assistant District Attorney Ana Escobar as their preferred candidate for the General Sessions bench, according to a poll conducted by the organization. Escobar, Newton S. Holiday and Dominic “Nick” Leonardo are nominated to take over the General Sessions seat recently vacated by Judge Angelita Blackshear Dalton, who was appointed by the governor to the 20th Judicial District Criminal Court. The Nashville Metro Council will select a replacement at its Jan. 2 meeting.
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MBA Elects New Officers, Brackin to Serve as President in 2020

The Memphis Bar Association elected new officers for 2018, with Lucie Brackin being chosen as MBA secretary/treasurer. She will automatically become vice president in 2019 and president in 2020. Elected as new board members were Frank Cantrell, Maggie Cooper, Peter Gee, Tannera Gibson, Matt May and Estelle Winsett. They join returning board members Mike Adams, Megan Arthur, David Bearman, Sherry Brooks, Leslie Coleman, Amber Floyd, Nicole Grida, Doug Halijan, Earl Houston, Sean Hunt, Steve Leffler, Jim Newsom, Lisa Overall, Jill Steinberg and Alexander Wharton. Newly elected section representatives are Margaret Chesney and Jennifer Sisson. Mary Wu Tullis is the new YLD President. 
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MALS Presents B. Taylor Gray with Pro Bono Award

Memphis Area Legal Services last week presented The W.J. Michael Cody Access to Justice Award to B. Taylor Gray at the Memphis Bar Association Annual Meeting. The award recognizes a private attorney who has furthered the vision of "Justice for Those in Need" and has supported MALS' mission of providing excellence in legal advocacy for those in need. Gray represented several MALS clients in adoption proceedings and provided many hours of free legal support. He also was instrumental in establishing Bass, Berry & Sims as a Pillar Law Firm, which means the firm has agreed to be the first point of contact in MALS' efforts to place pro bono cases with private attorneys.

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Blount County Bar Association Elects New Executive Board

The Blount County Bar Association elected officers for 2018 at its December meeting. Troy Jones was elected president, Carlos Yunsan was elected vice president, Amanda Jarret was elected treasurer and Steve Ogle was elected secretary.

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Knoxville, Memphis, Nashville Hold Annual Bar Meetings This Week

The Knoxville, Memphis and Nashville Bar Associations will each host annual meetings this week. Knoxville’s will be held on Friday at 8:30 a.m. at the Main Assembly Room of the City County Building, 400 Main Street SW, and will include annual elections. The Memphis meeting will be held Thursday at the Guest House at Graceland, and will include a salute to Judge Robert L. Childers. The Nashville Bar event will also take place Thursday at the Music City Center, 201 5th Ave S., starting at 5:30 p.m. with a reception to be followed by dinner and awards.

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Services Wednesday for Former Chattanooga Bar President

Chattanooga lawyer Charles W. “Buz” Dooley died on Dec. 2. He was 82. A native of Lawrenceburg, he graduated from Columbia Military Academy in 1952 and served as a captain in the United States Army Reserve. He earned his law degree from the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University in 1969. In his career he was known as a dedicated pro bono volunteer, working extensively with Legal Aid of East Tennessee. He was recognized for his pro bono work by numerous organizations, including winning the Harris Gilbert Pro Bono Volunteer of the Year Award from the TBA in 2014. He is also a past president of the Chattanooga Bar Association. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church or a charity of one’s choice. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. on Wednesday at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church with a reception and celebration of life following.

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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
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

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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