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Knox Lawyer Barcus Honored with Spirit of Justice Award

The East Tennessee Lawyers Association for Women (ETLAW) has honored Heidi Barcus of Knoxville’s London Amburn law firm with its 2012 Spirit of Justice Award. The award is given in recognition of outstanding service to the legal profession. Barcus, who is the Knoxville Bar Association's President Elect, is also a past historian and board member of ETLAW, and was one of the first female attorneys in the state to achieve certification as a medical malpractice specialist, heading up that division at her firm. Past award recipients include Supreme Court Justice Sharon Lee and Knoxville lawyer Wanda Sobieski.

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Jefferson County Bar Elects Officers

Jeremy Ball has been elected president of the Jefferson County Bar Association. He is assistant district attorney for the 4th Judicial District. N. Craig Strand with O'Neil, Parker & Williamson, is the vice president, and treasurer is attorney Jill Talley.

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KBA Sponsors Wine Event

The Knoxville Bar Association will host "Cheers for Charity" on May 31 from
 6 to 9 p.m. at the Knoxville Beverage Company. Tickets -– priced at $35 per person -– include a group wine tasting and food. Guests also may take part in a VIP tasting for an additional $15. The event will include a silent auction of wines and related items that will benefit Legal Aid of East Tennessee. The auction closes at 8 p.m.
 Register online at www.knoxbar.org or call the KBA at (865) 522-6522

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Chattanooga Law Day Event Celebrates Local Lawyers

ABA President William T. Robinson III was the keynote speaker at the Chattanooga Bar Association's Law Day Luncheon, which featured the announcement of new Chattanooga Bar Foundation Fellows, presentation of awards and recognition of 38 new “Pillars of the Bar,” who have served the profession for 50 years or more. Jenny Smith Wright, a lieutenant with the Chattanooga Housing Authority Police, was awarded the 2012 Liberty Bell Award, while Angela A. Ripper, assistant vice president and senior counsel at the Unum Group, received the fourth annual Judge W. Neil Thomas III Paralegal Utilization Award. During last week's event, the bar also announced that Jack Jones, a junior at McCallie School, won first place in its 2012 Law Day Essay Contest. Jones went on to win second place in the statewide competition. Read more about the award winners on the bar’s website

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NBA Plans Memorial Service

The Nashville Bar Association will hold its spring memorial service May 24 at 11 a.m. in the Downtown Presbyterian Church. Chancellor Russell Perkins will preside and a reception at the church will follow. Attorneys to be memorialized are: Judge Elmer Davies, Marilyn Devine, James (Jim) Hill, Hugh Howser, Alfred Knight III, Harold Levinson, James Meyer, John Roberts, Judge Leon Ruben, Robert (Bob) Sullivan and Sonny West. Beginning this year, the NBA will hold two memorial services per year – one in May and one in November. The services honor the memory of Nashville lawyers and judges who have passed away during the preceding period.

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TBA Announces Law Day Art, Essay Winners

News from the Young Lawyers Division
Two Knoxville students earned first place in the 2012 Law Day Art & Essay Competition, reports the TBA's Young Lawyers Division, which holds the statewide competition each May. This year's competition was coordinated by Jackson lawyer Ashley Holliday with West Tennessee Legal Services. The theme, "No Courts, No Justice, No Freedom,"  asked students to consider the importance of the courts and their role in ensuring access to justice for all Americans.

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Chattanooga Bar Holds Law Day Event Thursday

The Chattanooga Bar Association will host its annual Law Day celebration on Thursday at the Sheraton Read House. The event will feature remarks from William T. "Bill" Robinson III, president of the American Bar Association; presentation of the 2012 Liberty Bell Award; announcement of the Law Day High School Essay Scholarship recipient; announcement of the 2012 class of Chattanooga Bar Foundation Fellows; and presentation of the Judge W. Neil Thomas III Paralegal Utilization Award. For more information contact the CBA at (423) 756-3222 or visit the association online.

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KBA Celebrates Law Day with Luncheon, Awards

The Knoxville Bar Association celebrated Law Day today with its annual luncheon, featuring a panel discussion led by University of Tennessee College of Law School Dean Douglas A. Blaze. The panel explored issues that impact the legal profession, the courts and the American justice system. Also at the event, the Young Lawyers Division recognized the Hon. Thomas W. Phillips for "his contribution to the advancement and protection of law through liberty" and awarded winners of the poster and essay contests, Liana Hu of Farragut Middle School and Gloria Yu  of Hardin Valley Academy, respectively.

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Williamson Volunteers to be Honored Friday

The Williamson County Bar Association will honor four legal figures at its Friday Law Day luncheon. The Legal Aid Society and Nashville Pro Bono Program will honor Clerk and Master of Chancery Court Elaine Beeler for her work in establishing the Volunteer Lawyer Program, and it will honor Bill Lane, Diane Crosier and Ben Papa as 2012 Pro Bono Volunteers of the Year, the Tennessean reports.

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Memphis Bar Celebrates Law Week with Party, Memorial

Law week activities in Memphis closed out this yesterday when Chief Judge David Kennedy of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court addressed the crowd at the Memphis Bar Association's Annual Memorial Service at Calvary Episcopal Church. Thirty attorneys and judges who died this past year were honored. See photos and read the memorial statements about those honored. Law Week activities kicked off last Friday with the Law Week Launch Party in Court Square with barbecue and live music.

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Memphis Bar to Hold Memorial Service

The Memphis Bar Association will hold its annual memorial service on Wednesday at noon at Calvary Episcopal Church. The service honors members of the bar who passed away during the last year. See the list of lawyers who will be honored.

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Maury Co. Celebrates Law Day with Justice Wade, Awards

Law Day ceremonies got underway in Maury County on Thursday, with Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Gary R. Wade as the featured speaker. The event also included presentation of the Liberty Bell Award, given to senior chairman of First Farmers & Merchants Bank Virgil Moore. The award, presented by Chaz Molder, president of the Young Lawyers Division of the Maury County Bar Association, recognizes citizens who inspire a deeper sense of individual civic responsibility. Columbia Academy students were also presented with the 2012 Mock Trial Regional Competition Award by the Maury County Bar Association. The Columbia Daily Herald has the story and pictures

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Mendes is New NBF President

Nashville lawyer Bob Mendes has been elected president of the Board of Trustees of the Nashville Bar Foundation. His firm, MGLAW PLLC, has more.

15th Judicial Bar Elects New Officers

The 15th Judicial Bar Association has elected officers for the 2012 term. They are President Elizabeth L. Youmans with MacPherson & Youmans, Vice President Jennifer Porth with the Law Offices of J. Stephen Brown, Secretary Lisa A. Tomlinson with the Vance Law Office and Treasurer Karen Parker with Agee & Agee. All practice in Lebanon, except Tomlinson who is in Watertown.