TBA Press Releases

Chattanooga Lawyer Takes Legal Writing Honor

Lype to Receive the Tennessee Bar Journal’s Highest Award

NASHVILLE, June 12, 2018 — Chattanooga attorney Bob E. Lype will be honored with the Justice Joseph W. Henry Memorial Award for Outstanding Legal Writing at the Tennessee Bar Association’s annual Convention, held at The Peabody in Memphis this week.
 
The Joe W. Henry Award is given each year to a member of the Tennessee Bar Association who contributes the most outstanding article to the TBA’s monthly magazine, the Tennessee Bar Journal. Lype was chosen this year by a panel of judges for “How to Deal with Bullying, Threats and Physical Violence in the Workplace,” which was published in the April 2017 edition. This is Lype’s second time to receive the award – a rare feat in Bar Journal history.
 
Lype is the principal of the Law Office of Bob E. Lype & Associates, where his practice includes representation of employers of all sizes in labor and employment law matters, including compliance counseling and advice, as well as handling litigation and disputes. His practice also involves business litigation and insurance defense work. He is a 1990 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Law, with high honors, where he was elected to the Order of the Coif.
 
The Joe Henry award is named for Justice Joseph W. Henry, a former chief justice of the Tennessee Supreme Court, practicing lawyer, scholar, and writer with a rare talent for clear, forceful and often dramatic prose. The award was established in 1981 to encourage scholarly yet practical writing to benefit members of the bar. The winner was chosen this year by a panel that included Judge Brandon Gibson of the Western Section Court of Appeals, former University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law Dean Peter Letsou and TBA President Lucian Pera.
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Lawyers Complete 2018 TBA Leadership Program

Class of 28 Graduates, Selects Nashville Lawyer for Service Award

Twenty-eight attorneys from across the state graduated from the Tennessee Bar Association’s Leadership Law program during the association's annual convention in Memphis last week. The group spent the last six months learning about leadership in the legal profession, issues in the courts, policymaking in state government and the importance of community service.
 
At the graduation ceremony, Leadership Law co-chairs, Judge Brandon Gibson and Loretta Cravens, presented Nashville lawyer Raquel Bellamy with the Larry Dean Wilks Leadership Award. The award, named for former TBA President Larry D. Wilks, recognizes a class member with exceptional leadership qualities. Bellamy is an attorney at Bone McAllester Norton PLLC in Nashville where she focuses litigation and immigration law. She is the seventh recipient of the award. The recipient is selected by each year’s class based on the following leadership characteristics:
Demonstrates exceptional leadership qualities that enhance the Leadership Law experience for all class members.
Exhibits leadership-by-example qualities by fully engaging in all aspects of the Leadership Law program.
Promotes the Leadership Law program goals through service-oriented actions and initiatives.
Fosters consensus from differing opinions and ideas without regard to background or cultural status.
Enhances the education of other class members through thoughtful and respectful debate.
 
Graduating class members are:
 
Jeff Allen, Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, Nashville
Raquel Bellamy, Bone McAllester Norton PLLC, Nashville
Casey Bryant, Law Office of Casey Bryant, Memphis
Ryan Durham, Boston, Holt, Sockwell & Durham, PLLC, Lawrenceburg
Spencer Fair, London & Amburn, P.C., Knoxville
Justin Faith, Gearhiser, Peters, Elliott & Cannon, PLLC, Chattanooga
Ted Goodman, Murfree and Goodman, PLLC, Murfreesboro
James Hollis, Siskind Susser PC, Nashville
Tanya Holmes, ALSAC/St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Memphis
Sam Hudson, Law Office of Samuel F. Hudson, Dunlap
Justin Joy, Lewis Thomason, Memphis
Aron Karabel, Waller, Nashville
Jenney Keaty, Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge, Nashville
Hannah Lowe, Trammell, Adkins & Ward, P.C., Knoxville
Keating Lowery, First Tennessee, Memphis
Laura Martin, Harris Shelton Hanover Walsh PLLC, Memphis
Jill McCook, Baker Donelson, Knoxville
Jesse Morris, Rubenfeld Law Office, Nashville
Gary Peeples, Burch, Porter & Johnson, PLLC, Memphis
Ryan Porter, Jackson Chamber, Jackson
Brandon Reedy, Rainey, Kizer, Reviere & Bell, PLC, Jackson
Drew Reynolds, Spears Moore Rebman & Williams PC, Chattanooga
John Rice, Elmore, Stone & Caffey, PLLC, Knoxville
Michael Stanuszek, The Stanuszek Law Group, PLLC, Knoxville
Martin Trimiew, Willis Towers Watson, Nashville
Josh Wallis, The Landers Firm, Memphis
Janika White, The Walter Bailey Law Firm, Memphis
Jason Yasinsky, Nahon Saharovich & Trotz, PLC, Memphis
 
Now in its 15th year, Leadership Law is designed to equip Tennessee lawyers with the vision, knowledge and skills necessary to serve as leaders in their profession and local communities. Over the course of six months, class members learn about leadership in the legal profession, issues in the courts, policymaking in state government and the importance of community service.
 
Photographs and additional biographical information for class members are available on request.
 
The 2018 Tennessee Bar Association Annual Convention was held in conjunction with several other legal organizations, including the Tennessee Judicial Conference. This joint meeting allows legal groups in the state to address common issues and concerns and offers opportunities for additional education, long-range planning, and recognition of attorneys who have performed outstanding legal work and community service.
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Newman Honored with Leech Award for Public Service

Leech Award Given by TBA’s Young Lawyers Division Fellows

NASHVILLE, June 7, 2018 – Memphis attorney Charles F. Newman will be honored with this year’s prestigious William M. Leech Jr. Public Service Award, to be presented by the TBA’s Young Lawyers Division Fellows at the association’s annual convention in Memphis on Friday, June 15.
 
“Charlie Newman personifies the William Leech Public Service Award, as a great civil rights lawyer, conservationist and visionary who has shaped the history of Memphis and Shelby County,” said TBA YLD Fellows Treasurer Bill Haltom. “He has both witnessed history and made history.”
 
Newman’s remarkable career in Memphis includes his work assisting his mentor, Lucius Burch, in representing Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during the 1968 sanitation workers strike, as well as taking Citizens to Preserve Overton Park v. Volpe, a landmark environmental conservation case, all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court in 1971.
 
A graduate of Yale Law School, Newman has been with Burch, Porter & Johnson since 1965. He has previously been honored with the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law Alumni Chapter’s Pillar of Excellence Award, and was named “Memphian of the Year” by Memphis Magazine in 2016. Newman is also known for his mentorship of young attorneys, whom he famously meets with during daily lunches at the Little Tea Shoppe on Monroe Avenue.
 
The Leech Award is presented each year to a Tennessee lawyer who has given outstanding service to the legal profession, the legal system and the local community. It is awarded by the Fellows of the Young Lawyers Division, a nonprofit organization formed to support the development of young attorneys in the state. The award winner is chosen by the Fellows board.
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TBA, Commercial Appeal to Co-Host Gubernatorial Forum

Forum Will Take Place at TBA Annual Convention in Memphis

NASHVILLE, June 4, 2018 – The Tennessee Bar Association and The Commercial Appeal, USA TODAY NETWORK-Tennessee will co-host a forum on June 14 in Memphis, featuring the major candidates for governor of Tennessee. The event will coincide with the TBA’s annual Convention, held this year at The Peabody on June 13-16.
 
Media outlets covering this story for print publication will be allowed inside the ballroom. Video, including interviews and live reporting, will be limited to the exhibit hall. All individuals on the premises will be required to obtain a media pass from the TBA prior to the event. The event will be live streamed on the TBA website, TBA.org.
 
WHAT: Gubernatorial Forum hosted by the Tennessee Bar Association and The Commercial Appeal, USA TODAY NETWORK-Tennessee
 
WHEN: June 14, 2018, 8:30 a.m.
 
WHERE: The Peabody, 149 Union Ave.
 
Media inquiries in advance or on the day of the event should be directed to Katharine Heriges, TBA Communications Coordinator, at 615-390-9253.
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TBA Applauds Gov. Haslam, General Assembly for Funding Indigent Representation Reform

NASHVILLE, May 25, 2018 — Tennessee Bar Association President Lucian Pera today applauded Gov. Bill Haslam, the General Assembly and the Tennessee Supreme Court for their partnership in strengthening Tennessee’s commitment to indigent representation reform in the wake of adoption of a recurring allocation of $9.7 million in the FY 2018-19 budget, which the governor signed earlier this week.

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Justice Clark to Receive TBA’s Drowota Award

Justice Honored for Contributions to Access to Justice, Faith-Based Coalition

NASHVILLE, May 17, 2018 — Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Cornelia A. Clark will be honored next month with the Tennessee Bar Association’s prestigious Justice Frank F. Drowota III Award.
 
Named in honor of former Tennessee Chief Justice Frank Drowota, the Drowota Award is the TBA’s highest award for service to the judiciary and has been given annually for more than a decade.
 
Clark was chosen for her decades of service to the legal profession in Tennessee, including the implementation of the Access to Justice Commission’s first-ever strategic plan in 2010, and creation of the Tennessee Faith and Justice Alliance (TFJA) in 2011. The TFJA aligns volunteer attorneys with faith-based social justice programs to help those in need.
 
“No one in Tennessee knows more about the Tennessee judicial system than Justice Clark,” said Margaret Behm of Nashville’s Dodson Parker Behm & Capparella PC. “Her entire professional life has been devoted to the service of others and the promotion of the rule of law.”
 
A native of Franklin, Clark earned her bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Harvard University. She completed her law degree at Vanderbilt University in 1979. After practicing law for 10 years, she was appointed Circuit Court judge for the 21st Judicial District in 1989. Prior to her appointment to the Supreme Court in 2005, she served as director of the Administrative Office of the Courts for six years.
 
She will accept the award during the Tennessee Bar Association’s Lawyers Luncheon on June 15 at its annual convention in Memphis.
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TBA Selects Attorneys for 2018 Leadership Law Class

30 lawyers from across the state join six-month leadership training program

NASHVILLE, Dec. 12, 2017 — The Tennessee Bar Association (TBA) announces that 30 attorneys from across the state have been selected for its 2018 Leadership Law program. 
 
Now in its 15th year, Leadership Law is designed to equip Tennessee lawyers with the vision, knowledge and skills necessary to serve as leaders in their profession and local communities. The class will meet for its first session in January, and then spend the next six months learning about leadership in the legal profession, issues in the courts, policymaking in state government and the importance of community service. 
 
Class members are:
 
Jeffrey Allen, Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, LLP, Nashville
Raquel Bellamy, Bone McAllester Norton PLLC, Nashville
Casey Bryant, Latino Memphis, Inc., Memphis
Sarah Campbell, Tennessee Office of the Attorney General, Office of the Solicitor General, Nashville
Ryan Durham, Boston, Holt, Sockwell & Durham, PLLC, Lawrenceburg
Spencer Fair, London & Amburn, PC, Knoxville
Justin Faith, Gearhiser, Peters, Elliott & Cannon, PLLC, Chattanooga
Theodore Goodman, Murfree & Goodman, PLLC, Murfreesboro
James Hollis, Siskind Susser PC, Nashville
Tanya Holmes, ALSAC/St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Memphis
Sam Hudson, Law Office of Samuel F. Hudson, Dunlap
Justin Joy, Lewis Thomason, Memphis
Aron Karabel, Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLP, Nashville
Jenney Keaty, Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge, Nashville
Sarah Kennedy, Estes & Kennedy Law Offices, PLLC, Athens
Hannah Lowe, Trammell, Adkins & Ward, PC, Knoxville
Keating Lowery, First Tennessee Bank National Association, Memphis
Laura Martin, Harris Shelton Hanover Walsh, PLLC, Memphis
Jill McCook, Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC, Knoxville
Jesse Morris, Rubenfeld Law Office, PC, Nashville
Gary Peeples, Burch, Porter & Johnson, PLLC, Memphis
Ryan Porter, Jackson Chamber, Jackson
Brandon Reedy, Rainey Kizer Reviere & Bell, Jackson
Drew Reynolds, Spears, Moore, Rebman & Williams, PC, Chattanooga
John Rice, Elmore Stone & Caffey, PLLC, Knoxville
Michael Stanuszek, The Stanuszek Law Group, PLLC, Knoxville
Martin Trimiew, Willis Towers Watson, Nashville
Joshua Wallis, The Landers Firm PLC, Memphis
Janika White, The Walter Bailey Law Firm, Memphis
Jason Yasinsky, Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz, PLC, Memphis
 
Photographs and additional biographical information are available for class members on request. 
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Tennessee Bar Association Voices Support for Indigent Representation Reform

TBA President Lucian Pera Applauds Supreme Court for Leading the Effort

The Tennessee Supreme Court announced Oct. 3 that it would support efforts to reform the state's indigent representation methods. Below is the full statement from Tennessee Bar Association President Lucian Pera in response to the announcement:
 
"The TBA applauds the Supreme Court’s strong leadership on indigent representation reform. We look forward to partnering with the court and others interested in making real improvement on the status quo. 
 
For too long Tennessee has been at the very bottom of the heap nationally in the way we fund representation of indigent defendants, as well as juveniles caught in the system. The court's recommendations regarding rates and caps is a step in the right direction. Frankly, it is a small step, and it is not enough; but it is a start. 
 
In appointing the Task Force on Indigent Representation, and now forcefully endorsing its recommendations, the court is leading the way to serious indigent representation reform. Beyond simply raising rates and caps, the court is putting the pieces in place to really improve the system for all Tennesseans.
 
Tennessee's lawyers care deeply about improving the representation of people in need. Under the Constitution, all Tennesseans have a constitutional right to a lawyer in criminal cases. The TBA looks forward to working shoulder-to-shoulder with the Court to move Tennessee in the right direction."
 
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3 Honored With Tennessee Bar Journal Joe Henry Award

Raybin, Amundsen, Levy Honored for Excellence in Legal Writing

NASHVILLE, June 19, 2017 — Nashville lawyer Benjamin K. Raybin, Memphis Lawyer Amy J. Amundsen and former Nashville lawyer Jeffrey L. Levy were honored on Friday with Justice Joseph W. Henry Memorial Award for Outstanding Legal Writing at the Tennessee Bar Association’s annual Convention in Kingsport.
 
The Joe W. Henry Award is given each year to a member of the Tennessee Bar Association who contributes the most outstanding article to the TBA’s monthly magazine, the Tennessee Bar Journal. Raybin received the award for his article “Pardon Me: How Executive Clemency Works in Tennessee (and How It Doesn’t),” published in the August 2016 issue. Amundsen and Levy were honored for their point/counterpoint articles, “Confusion / Clarity: Two Family Law Attorneys on How to Balance Best Interests of Children and Doctor-Patient Privilege,” published in May 2016.
 
Raybin is an associate at Raybin & Weissman, P.C., where he practices primarily criminal defense and civil rights law. He received his J.D. from Vanderbilt University, where he was a member of the Law Review. He clerked for Judges Jane B. Stranch and Gilbert S. Merritt, both of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. He has successfully argued cases in front of the Tennessee Supreme Court and the Tennessee Court of Appeals.
 
Amy practices law with Rice, Amundsen & Caperton PLLC in Memphis. She is a graduate of the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law. She has served as chair of the Tennessee Bar Association Family Law section, president of the Memphis Bar Association, president of the Memphis chapter of the American Inns of Court and is one of the 100 Diplomates in the American College of Family Trial Lawyers. For the past 15 years she has chaired the Alimony Bench Book Committee of the TBA Family Law Section.
 
Levy has been a family law practitioner in Nashville, but recently relocated to South Carolina and is in the process of retiring. A graduate of Vanderbilt University Law School, he is a past chair of the Tennessee Bar Association’s Family Law Section and of the Nashville Bar Association’s Domestic Relations Committee. He has also a past chair of the TBA’s Family Law Code Committee.
 
The Joe Henry award is named for Justice Joseph W. Henry, a former chief justice of the Tennessee Supreme Court, practicing lawyer, scholar, and writer with a rare talent for clear, forceful and often dramatic prose. The award was established in 1981 to encourage scholarly yet practical writing to benefit the members of the bar. The winners were chosen this year by a panel which included Judge Brandon Gibson of the Western Section Court of Appeals, TBA President Jason Long, Dean Gary Wade of the Lincoln Memorial University Duncan School of Law and Dean Melanie D. Wilson of the University of Tennessee College of Law.
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Sarah Sheppeard to Take Office as TBA Vice President

Lewis Thomason Shareholder to Lead the Association in 2019-2020

NASHVILLE, June 14, 2017 — Knoxville attorney Sarah Y. Sheppeard will take office as vice president of the Tennessee Bar Association (TBA) at the group’s annual convention this week in Kingsport. Sheppeard was elected to the office by TBA members earlier this year and will assume the presidency in 2019.
 
“I am honored to have the opportunity to serve in this office and to be part of the TBA leadership team,” Sheppeard said.
 
Sheppeard is a shareholder with Lewis Thomason in Knoxville with more than 37 years of legal experience. She graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 1979 and prior to joining Lewis Thomason was a founding member of the Knoxville firm Sheppeard and Mynatt, P.L.C.
 
Active in the TBA for many years, Sheppeard has served on the association’s Board of Governors since 2014, and has also previously served as chair of the Litigation Section and CLE Committee. She is a Tennessee Bar Foundation Fellow, a TBA Young Lawyers Division Fellow and received the Tennessee Bar Association’s President’s Award in 2010.
 
Sheppeard has been a lecturer with the Tennessee Law Institute since 1988. She was chair of the Tennessee Judicial Evaluation Commission, was for 15 years an adjunct professor at the University of Tennessee College of Law, and was previously a member of the Tennessee Law Review. A past-president of the Knoxville Bar Association, she is a Fellow in the Knoxville and American Bar Foundations. Sheppeard served on the Advisory Commission to the Tennessee Supreme Court on Rules of Practice and Procedure. In 2014, she was presented with the Knoxville Bar Association’s highest honor, the Governors’ Award.
 
The 2017 TBA Annual Convention will be held June 14-17 at the MeadowView Marriott Resort. Taking office along with Sheppeard will be President Lucian Pera of Adams and Reese LLP in Memphis and President-Elect Jason Pannu of Lewis Thomason in Nashville. The annual meeting allows legal groups in the state to address common issues and concerns and offers opportunities for additional education, long-range planning, and recognition of attorneys who have performed outstanding legal work and community service.  
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