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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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Former KBA President Dies, Services Saturday

Knoxville lawyer Robert H. Leonard died Monday (Nov. 12) at age 87. He received his law degree from the University of Tennessee in 1947, then began his practice with the firm of White and Leonard, with O.L. White and his father, R.H. Leonard. He served as president of the Knoxville Bar in 1964-1965. In 1980, Mr. Leonard was elected the first mayor of Farragut, serving a total of six terms until 1993. He retired in 2010 after practicing law in Tennessee for 63 years. The family will receive friends 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday in the Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel with a memorial service at 3 p.m. Interment at Pleasant Forest Cemetery will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Christian Church of Knoxville, 211 West Fifth Ave., Knoxville 37917 or to The Optimist Club of Knoxville's Henry Naff Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 358, Knoxville 37901. Read his obituary

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Knoxville Bar Association Memorial Service Set for Friday

The Memorials and Resolutions Committee of the Knoxville Bar Association is sponsoring an opportunity to honor the members of the bar who have passed away in the last year. Hon. Gary R. Wade, Hon. Sharon Lee and Rev. Charles W.B. Fels will lead the service this Friday at 3 p.m. in the Tennessee Supreme Court Courtroom, located at 505 Main St. in Knoxville. A reception will follow the service.

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Services Set for Clarksville Lawyer Killed in Police Standoff

Lawyer Todd Hansrote was shot and killed by Clarksville Police Saturday night after he fired a weapon during a three-hour standoff during which police say he was threatening to kill himself and his wife if anyone entered his residence, the Leaf-Chronicle reports. A former gun shop owner, Hansrote practiced law with his wife, Suzette, at their downtown law firm Hansrote & Hansrote. He graduated from the University of Memphis and was admitted to the bar in 1991. Funeral service will be held on Thursday at 2 p.m. at Neal-Tarpley-Parchman Chapel. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery. Visitation will be on Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. and Thursday from noon to 2 p.m. Read his obituary

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Law Rules Public Forum

The Memphis Bar Association will host a Law Rules Public Forum on Thursday at 6 p.m. to discuss the importance of a fair and impartial justice system and the rule of law in American society. Judge Gina Higgins of the Shelby County Circuit Court and attorneys Porter Feild and Tommy Parker will be on hand to lead the discussion at the Benjamin L. Hooks Public Library.

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Ben F. Jones NBA Chapter Elects New Officers

The Ben F. Jones Chapter of the National Bar Association has elected new officers and board members for 2013. They are: President Imad Abdullah, Vice President/President-elect Alicia Washington, Treasurer James Jones, Corresponding Secretary Amber Floyd, Recording Secretary Shayla Purifoy and Parliamentarian Rod Holmes. New board members are Andre Wharton and Joanne Coston-Holloway.

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Nashville Bar Foundation Fellows Dinner

The Nashville Bar Foundation will host its annual Fellows Dinner on Saturday at the Hutton Hotel. Visit the NBA website for more information.

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Miller & Martin Celebrates 145 Years

Chattanooga-based Miller & Martin PLLC recently celebrated its 145th anniversary with a reception that also celebrated the philanthropy of one of its partners. Founded in 1867 by T.M Burkett, Miller & Martin has served many of Chattanooga’s leading companies, and expanded to Atlanta and Nashville. The reception also honored Miller & Martin partner Burkett Miller’s philanthropic contributions to education, The Chattanoogan reports. Miller established the Tonya Foundation and founded Miller Center for Public Affairs at the University of Virginia; The Tonya Public Affairs & Economics Internship programs at The University of the South; and The Burkett Miller Distinguished Lecture Series at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. 

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Nashville Bar Directory Recognized

The Nashville Bar Association (NBA) was recognized with a Luminary Award from the National Association of Bar Executives Communications Section today during its annual workshop in Denver. The NBA and communications director Nikki Gray were honored for production of its annual membership directory.

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Boot Scoot at NBA's Annual Picnic

The Nashville Bar Association's Annual free member picnic is Thursday at the Hall of Fame Park. This year the picnic has a Country Western theme, and a local Nashville band, The Western Swingers, will perform. A barbeque dinner and open bar will also be provided. Register online

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Investiture Set in Chattanooga Next Week

The investiture ceremony for Judge Gary Starnes to the Hamilton County General Sessions Court, Division V,  will be Sept. 4. The event, which is open to the public and will include the swearing-in of other elected officials, is at 9 a.m. at the Chattanooga Trade and Convention Center, according to the Chattanooga Bar Association.

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Application for New Judgeship Out Next Week

There will be an Oct. 1 deadline to apply for the recently created Washington County Sessions Court judgeship, and the application should be ready for distribution Aug. 27, according to Legal Services Committee Chairman Doyle Cloyd. The position is intended to ease the growing case load on the two current judges, James Nidiffer and Robert Lincoln. Read more in the Johnson City Press

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