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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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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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