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Bar Foundation Inducts New Fellows

The Knoxville Bar Foundation recognized 13 members of Knoxville's legal community at its annual dinner last Tuesday. Each year the foundation inducts a new class of fellows, which represents quality men and women practitioners in the community who have distinguished themselves in the practice of law and in service to our community.

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Bradley County Bar Names New Leadership

The Bradley County Bar Association has elected new officers. Jack Tapper, who is known locally for his coordination of a series of public education seminars known as Community Legal Forums, has been named president. He succeeds William J. Brown. Others taking office are Vice President and President-Elect Ashley Ownby, Secretary Daniel Clanton and Treasurer Rex Wagner. In an interview with the Cleveland Banner, Tapper talks about his goals for the year, which include providing more pro bono services and getting more members involved in the association’s activities.

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Free Legal Clinic in Memphis June 8

A free legal clinic will be held June 8 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Benjamin L. Hooks Library, 3030 Poplar Ave., in Memphis. This month’s clinic is sponsored by the Ben F. Jones Chapter of the National Bar Association and is open to all members of the public in need of legal advice. Initiated in October 2007, the Saturday Legal Clinic is sponsored by the Memphis Bar Association and Memphis Area Legal Services and is a project of the Access to Justice Committee, a collaborative effort of local bar associations and non-profit organizations to provide legal services to those in need. Volunteer attorneys provide free legal assistance to those in need on a first come, first served basis. For more information about the clinic or to volunteer, click here.

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Young Lawyers Complete MBA Leadership Program

A group of 19 young lawyers recently graduated from the Memphis Bar Association’s 2012-2013 Leadership Forum. They are: David Biggers, U.S. Attorney’s Office; Anne Davis, Butler Sevier Hinsley & Reid; Jake Dickerson, Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz; Amber Floyd, Wyatt Tarrant & Combs; Lisa Gill, Dinkelspiel Rasmussen & Mink; Adam Johnson, Nahon Saharovich & Trotz; Brooks Kostakis, Boyle Brasher; Christina Kurdilla, Martin Tate Morrow & Marston; Gabrielle Lewis, Bass Berry & Sims; Omar Malik, Shelby County DA’s Office; Laura Martin, Harris Shelton Hanover Walsh; Michael C. McLaren, Butler Snow; Melisa Moore, Burch Porter & Johnson; Ruchee Patel, sole practitioner; Shayla Purifoy, Memphis Area Legal Services; Robert Ratton and Maya Siggers, City Attorney’s Office; Tony Silva, Donati Law Firm; and Mary Wagner, Rice Amundsen & Caperton. In addition to leadership training, the group made several presentations to middle school and high school students and conducted a legal clinic for veterans. See photos from the graduation ceremony.

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ETLAW Luncheon Honors State Supreme Court

The East Tennessee Lawyers Association for Women (ETLAW) held its annual Supreme Court Luncheon today honoring the justices and their work on behalf of the state. Each of the justices were scheduled to attend, with Chief Justice Gary Wade as the featured speaker. During the event, TBA Board of Governors member Tasha Blakney received the Spirit of Justice Award.

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Nashville Bar Law Day Luncheon Celebrates Equality

More than 500 Nashville lawyers gathered for the Annual Nashville Bar Association Law Day Luncheon with the theme, Realizing the Dream: Equality for All. U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper proposed a 28th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guaranteeing the right to vote in his Law Day remarks. Nashville lawyer David Raybin was the recipient of the Jack Norman Award, the highest award the NBA can give to a lawyer who practices primarily in the criminal justice system. Former Nashville Juvenile Court Judge Andy Shookhoff received the Liberty Bell Award for his work in advancing juvenile justice.

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New Law Day Events Added to State Round Up

Law Day events continue this week with a number scheduled for tomorrow, May 1. Events added to the list of activities taking place across the state include a luncheon in Greeneville hosted by the Northeast Tennessee Chapter of the Federal Bar Association and an evening session with U.S. Attorney Bill Killian hosted by the Bradley County Bar Association. See the latest information on the TBA website.

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Law Week Begins with Launch Party

Law Week activities kick off tomorrow with the 6th Annual Law Week Launch Party in Memphis' Court Square, from 5 p.m. to 7p.m. Attendees will enjoy free drinks, food by Central BBQ, Lickity Split Ice Cream and music by WALRUS. Attendees are also encouraged to bring a canned good item for the Mid-South Food Bank.

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Napier-Looby Bar Honors Members

Last night's 9th annual Napier-Looby Bar Foundation (NLBF) Barrister’s Banquet and Awards Program featured entertainment, honors and awards. The event was presided over by NLBF President Joseph K. McKinney, with Luther Wright serving as master of ceremonies. Those honored include Federal District Judge William J. Haynes, Jr., who received the 2013 Z. Alexander Looby Lifetime Achievement Award; Stacey Garrett of Bone McAllester Norton, who received the J.C. Napier Trailblazer Award; and Charles Grant of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, who was the recipient of the Justice A.A. Birch Outstanding Service Award. For more details, visit the Napier Looby website.

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CBA Holds Annual Memorial Service Friday

The Chattanooga Bar Association will hold its annual memorial service on Friday beginning at 11 a.m. The service will be held in the Commission Room on the fourth floor of the Hamilton County Courthouse. This year’s event honors 13 lawyers who died in the past year.

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Reception Honors MBA President Seely

The Memphis Bar Association (MBA), University of Memphis School of Law and Counsel On Call are sponsoring a reception Feb. 28 to honor new MBA President Linda Warren Seely. The event will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. in the 4th Floor Gordon Ball Scenic Reading Room of the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, 1 N. Front St., Memphis. Please RSVP by Feb. 25 to (901) 432-4720. View the invitation on the MBA website.

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Durand Remembered as Kind, Giving Advocate

Memphis lawyer Kemper Durand, who died last Saturday, is remembered by friend and law partner Bill Haltom in this tribute out today. Among Durand's notable accomplishments was his pro bono work that secured freedom for an innocent man who had been in jail 22 years. Read that inspiring story in a 2002 Tennessee Bar Journal article. A crime victim himself, Durand once testified, Haltom writes, for one of his kidnappers to recieve the most lenient sentence possible because he felt the man was an unwilling accomplice. Details for a memorial service, set for next month, are incomplete.

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Memphis Law Names New Dean

Peter Letsou has been named dean of the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law at the University of Memphis, and will begin work June 1. Letsou, a graduate of the University of Chicago Law School, is currently dean of the Williamette University College of Law in Salem, Ore. He previously served as associate counsel for the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Secret Military Assistance to Iran and Nicaraguan Opposition and as an associate with two private firms in New York. “A public law school with a distinguished history and an exceptional faculty, facility and location, the School of Law is uniquely positioned to respond to the challenges now confronting legal education," Letsou said in a press release.

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Eason, Smith Honored by Chattanooga Bar

Chattanooga lawyer and former TBA president Marcy Eason was recognized Wednesday for her service to the community with the Ralph H. Kelly Humanitarian Award from the Chattanooga Bar Association (CBA). The group also named Leitner, Williams, Dooley & Napolitan attorney Barret S. Albritton as its Young Attorney of the Year. The presentations were made at the CBA's annual luncheon. In addition to the award presentation, the group also installed Craig Smith as its new president. Both Smith and Eason are attorneys at Miller & Martin, the Chattanoogan.com website reports.

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New MBA YLD President To Focus on Mentoring, Pro Bono

Annie Christoff of Bass, Berry & Sims has been voted the new 2013 president of the Young Lawyers Division of the Memphis Bar Association. The Memphis-native and Georgetown University Law School graduate hopes to continue the group’s focus on the mentoring of young lawyers and  increased pro bono participation. Christoff also works with local nonprofits Church Health Center and the American Cancer Society, which she hopes to parlay into her coming year as president. Read the full feature on Christoff in the Memphis Daily News.

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15th Judicial Bar Association Elects Officers

The 15th Judicial District Bar Association recently elected new officers for 2013: President Jennifer Porth of Stephen Brown PC, Vice President Lisa A. Tomlinson of MacPherson & Youmans, Secretary Karen Parker-Casey of Agee & Agee, and Jonathan M. Tinsley of Tressler and Associates.

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Montgomery Co. Bar Elects Officers

The Montgomery County Bar Association recently elected new officers for 2013. They are President Stanley Ross, Vice President Nathan Hunt and Secretary/Treasurer Bradley M. Carter. The association also named new board members. They are Jennifer Ray, Shelby Silvy and Kathryn Stamey and Lee Willoughby.

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CBA to Host Annual Meeting

The Chattanooga Bar Association will host its 115th Annual Meeting at the Sheraton Read House Silver Ballroom on Jan. 23. Lunch will be provided to CBA Members.

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Shelbyville Legislator, Attorney Dies

Clarence W. “Pete” Phillips Jr., a Tennessee state legislator representing Lincoln County for 30 years, died last week in Shelbyville. The son of Bedford County Judge Clarence Waters Phillips, he earned a law degree from Vanderbilt University Law School and went on to serve as president of the Shelbyville-Bedford County Bar Association. In the legislature, he served as chairman of the House Calendar and Rules Committee and the Commerce Committee’s Utilities and Banking Subcommittee. Among his many accomplishments were the expansion of the Murfreesboro Highway from Shelbyville to Rutherford County, securing funding for the Tennessee Fire Service and Codes Enforcement Academy and the creation of the Shelbyville-Tullahoma Bypass. Funeral services were held Saturday. The Elk Valley Times has more on his life.

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KBA Elects New YLD Officers

The Knoxville Bar Association Young Lawyer Division elected 2013 officers yesterday at the Barristers’ Annual Meeting. Katrina Atchley Arbogast of Lewis, King, Krieg & Waldrop became president. Others elected include: Vice President James (Jay) P. Moneyhin Jr., Secretary/Treasurer Baily Perry Bwowers and Members-At-Large Melissa C. Reinders and Matt W. Sherrod.

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KBA Membership Meeting on Tap for Friday

The Knoxville Bar Association (KBA) will hold its annual meeting and elections on Friday at 8:30 a.m. in the main assembly room of the City County Building, following a continental breakfast at 8 a.m. The following candidates have been nominated: President-Elect Wade V. Davies, Treasurer Tasha C. Blakney and Secretary Wayne R. Kramer. Four board members also will be selected. The following been nominated for three-year terms: Douglas A. Blaze, Steven D. Lipsey, Chris W. McCarty, Wynne du Mariau Caffey, William A. Mynatt Jr. and Hanson R. Tipton. The fourth position, which is for one year, is designated as a government/public sector position. Chancellor John F. Weaver has been nominated for that role.

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Sherrard Takes Office as NBA President

Tom Sherrard, a founding member of Sherrard & Roe, PLC, took office as president of the Nashville Bar Association during the group’s annual meeting and banquet Wednesday night. Charles Grant, a shareholder at Baker Donelson Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC, was elected president-elect. Others chosen to join the NBA’s board of directors were Kay Caudle, general counsel and vice president of corporate management for Smith Travel Research, the Hon. Randal S. Mashburn, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge for the Middle District of Tennessee, Andrea P. Perry, a partner with Bone McAllester Norton PLLC, solo practitioner Matt Potempa, Metro Legal Director Saul A. Solomon and Joycelyn A. Stevenson of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings.

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Donelson, Jones, Magee Honored At MBA Annual Meeting

Lewis Donelson of Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC was honored yesterday at the Memphis Bar Association (MBA) Annual Meeting. He received the Judge Jerome Turner Lawyer’s Lawyer Award, which honors an MBA member who has practiced law for more than 15 years and who during that time, has exemplified the aims and aspirations embodied in the Guidelines for Professional Courtesy and Conduct. Also at the meeting, Ken Jones was honored with the W.J. Michael Cody Pro Bono Attorney of the Year Award by Memphis Area Legal Services, Inc. and Marcy Magee was awarded the Sam A. Myar Jr. Memorial Award.

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Seely Takes Office as New Memphis Bar President

Linda Warren Seely of Memphis Area Legal Services today officially took reign as president of the Memphis Bar Association. At the MBA's annual meeting, Kirk A. Caraway and Tommy Parker automatically succeeded to the positions of Vice President and Secretary/Treasurer, respectively. New members of the MBA Board of Directors include David Harris, Jana Davis Lamanna, Emily Landry, Mike Robb, Abby Webb, Shea Wellford, and MBA YLD President Annie Christoff. Dean DeCandia and Clint Hermes are the newly elected section representatives.

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Memphis NBA Chapter to Work for Access to Justice

Imad Abdullah, who in January will be the new president of the Ben F. Jones chapter of the National Bar Association in Memphis, talks to the Memphis Daily News about the group's continuing service to the Memphis community. Initiatives include scholarships for minority students at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law and working with  Memphis Area Legal Services. “Our work has basically been focused on issues such as access to justice,” Abdullah said.

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