TBA announces corporate counsel pro bono awards

The Tennessee Bar Association will recognize the law firm of Miller & Martin PLLC and the corporate legal department at International Paper for their commitment to providing free legal services to the poor at the Corporate Counsel Pro Bono Gala tomorrow evening in Nashville. The dinner will feature a keynote address by Tennessee Supreme Court Chief Justice Janice M. Holder and presentation of awards to the two companies.

Miller & Martin, with offices in Chattanooga and Nashville, is being recognized for a firm-wide commitment to pro bono, as well as for the work of individual members. Firm activities include working with the Nashville Pro Bono Program, Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands, and Legal Aid of East Tennessee (LAET). Memphis-based International Paper is being honored for its corporate commitment to pro bono work, demonstrated by adoption of an office-wide pro bono policy, financial and logistical support for the TBA's Corporate Counsel Pro Bono Initiative, and involvement in a number of Memphis-area legal assistance programs.

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Court: TCA


Stacy Alane Clinton and Addie M. Burks, Memphis, Tennessee, for the appellant, Breath of Life Christian Church.

Elizabeth B. Stengel, Memphis, Tennessee, for the appellee, Travelers Insurance Company.


The trial court awarded summary judgment to Defendant surety in this breach of contract action. We affirm.



Court: TCA


George L. Rice, IV and George L. Rice, III, Memphis, Tennessee, for the appellant, James Michael Hankins.

Stuart B. Breakstone, and Kathy Baker Tennison, Memphis, Tennessee, for the appellee, Terrie Lynn Hall Hankins.


This appeal arises from a divorce action. Husband appeals the trial court's classification and division of property, the award of alimony in futuro to Wife, and the award to Wife of a portion of her attorney's fees. We affirm.



Court: TCCA


Charles Edgar Waldman, Memphis, Tennessee, for the Appellant, Kelvin Dewayne King.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Michael E. Moore, Solicitor General; Lacy Wilber, Assistant Attorney General; Victor S. Johnson, III, District Attorney General; Lisa Naylor, Assistant District Attorney General; Cathy Morante, Assistant District Attorney General, for the Appellee, State of Tennessee.


A Davidson County jury convicted the Defendant, Kelvin Dewayne King, of three counts of first degree murder and one count of especially aggravated robbery. The Defendant was sentenced to life without parole for each of the three first degree murder convictions. The trial court sentenced him to thirty-five years for the especially aggravated robbery conviction, and ordered the sentence for one of the first degree murder convictions to be served consecutively to the other convictions for an effective sentence of two life sentences without parole. The Defendant appeals, arguing that: (1) the evidence is insufficient to support his first degree murder convictions when his due process rights were violated, (2) the trial court allowed testimony at trial from a witness who had provided perjured testimony at the preliminary hearing, and (3) the trial court erred in ordering consecutive sentencing. After a thorough review of the record and the applicable law, we affirm the trial court's judgments.



Court: TCCA


Gary F. Antrican, District Public Defender; and Lyle A. Jones and David S. Stockton, Assistant Public Defenders, attorneys for appellant, Timothy Dewayne Williams.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Deshea Dulaney Faughn, Assistant Attorney General; D. Michael Dunavant, District Attorney General; and Billy Burt and James Walter Freeland, Jr., Assistant District Attorneys General, attorneys for appellee, State of Tennessee.


The Defendant, Timothy Dewayne Williams, was convicted by a Tipton County Criminal Court jury of possession of a Schedule II controlled substance with intent to deliver, a Class B felony; evading arrest in a motor vehicle, a Class E felony; evading arrest, a Class A misdemeanor; and driving while his license was suspended, a Class B misdemeanor. In this appeal as of right, the Defendant argues that the evidence was insufficient to support his convictions. After reviewing the record, we affirm the judgments of the trial court as modified.


City or County Mayor Running For State Legislature

TN Attorney General Opinions

Date: 2010-03-26

Opinion Number: 10-37


Rules of Board of Court Reporting

TN Attorney General Opinions

Date: 2010-03-26

Opinion Number: 10-38



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