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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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Deadline Extended for Comments on Rule 19 Changes

The state Supreme Court today extended the deadline for submitting comments on proposed amendments to Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 19. Comments are now due Nov. 10. The court first announced the proposed amendments on Sept. 7. The changes are designed to eliminate a potential conflict between Rule 7, section 5.01(g)(8) and Rule 19, which deals with pro hac vice appearances before Tennessee courts and agencies. The Knoxville Bar Association requested the extension according to the court.

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Blaze to Be Honored by LAET

Douglas A. Blaze will be inducted into Legal Aid of East Tennessee's (LAET) Donald F. Paine Memorial Pro Bono Hall of Fame at the upcoming Forging Justice Celebration. Blaze serves as the director of the Institute for Professional Leadership at the University of Tennessee College of Law. The LAET event will be Oct. 28 at 6 p.m. at Ironwood Studios in Knoxville. Tickets are $35.

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KBA Hosts Member Appreciation Event

The Knoxville Bar Association is hosting its “first-ever, family-friendly, dog-friendly, free” member appreciation event on Oct. 6 at Ijams Nature Center. The event will run from 6-9 p.m. and feature live music and a variety of food trucks. There is no charge for members and their guests, but advance reservations are required. There is a $20 fee for nonmember attorneys to attend. RSVP here.

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Reminder: 2 Events Taking Place Next Week

The Nashville Bar Association will host its annual member picnic Thursday from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Walk of Fame Park. The family-friendly event, co-sponsored by the Metro Law Department, will include a catered dinner and open bar. Members can attend for free. Nonmembers can buy tickets for $20 per person. CASA Monroe will benefit from the fourth annual Muscadine Balloon Fiesta next weekend at the Tsali Notch Vineyard, 140 Harrison Rd. in Madisonville. The event will feature balloon rides, live music, food, games and a Balloon Glow at dusk. 

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KBA Honors Supreme Court, Pro Bono Leaders

All five Tennessee Supreme Court justices were honored at the annual Knoxville Bar Association (KBA) Supreme Court Dinner last week. During the event, the court recognized 54 attorneys and 70 law students from the Knoxville area who provided at least 50 hours of pro bono service this past year. Guests also heard from G. Douglas Jones, a former U.S. attorney who led a team of prosecutors and investigators in the re-opened historic “cold case” of the 1963 bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham. Read more in a release from the AOC or see photos from the event.

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Washington County Bar to Hold Annual Picnic

The Washington County Bar Association is holding its annual picnic Friday at 6:30 p.m. at the lake house of Tom McKee, 159 Will Lane Rd., Johnson City 37615. The evening will feature live music by the Benny Wilson Band, free food and drinks from the Noli Truck and an open bar. Please RSVP to elizabethjoneslaw@gmail.com.

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Cole to Head National Conference of Bar Presidents

Jonathan Cole, a shareholder in Baker Donelson’s Nashville office, has been elected president of the National Conference of Bar Presidents (NCBP). He is the first Nashville lawyer to be elected to the position, his firm reports. In this role, he will oversee programs providing leadership training, networking and information sharing for bar leaders across the country and abroad. Cole previously served as president of the Nashville Bar Association and chair of the ABA’s Young Lawyers Division. He currently serves as director of the American Bar Endowment and is a fellow of the American, Tennessee and Nashville bar foundations.

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Supreme Court Society Event Set for October

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 Oct. 13. 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 be held at the East Tennessee Historical Center in Knoxville. Seating is limited. Please RSVP to Amanda Messer.

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SETLAW Names Judge Williams ‘Lioness of the Bar’

During its third annual Lioness of the Bar event, the Southeast Tennessee Lawyers Association for Women (SETLAW) named Hamilton County Circuit Court Judge Marie Williams its 2016 Lioness of the Bar. Judge Williams’ dedicated service on the bench and extensive philanthropy were cited as factors in her selection, the Hamilton County Herald reports. The group also recognized her early support for requiring parenting classes and parenting plans for divorcing couples and her work on jury reform. Williams has served on the bench since 1995.

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Knoxville to Celebrate 50th Anniversary of 4th Circuit Court

The Knoxville Bar Association, attorneys and current and former Knox County judges will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Knox County Fourth Circuit Court on Sept. 20 at Calhoun’s on the River. The event, beginning at 11:30 a.m., will include a special recognition of Judge William Swann, who has served as the court’s presiding judge for 32 years. Tickets are $15 and are available at the court. Contact Kasey Stone, 865-215-2110 with any questions.

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Seersucker Flash Set for Aug. 31 in Memphis

Make plans now to don your best puckered suit, dress or casual wear and join Memphis-area lawyers for the 2016 Seersucker Flash Mob. The event, announced by the Memphis Bar Association, will take place Aug. 31 from noon to 1 p.m. in the lobby of the Peabody Hotel, 149 Union Ave. It will also raise funds for Memphis Area Legal Services and A Step Ahead Foundation.

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