Acree is new TJC President, McCoy in line - Articles

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Posted by: Tba People on Aug 13, 2008

Journal Issue Date: Aug 2008

Journal Name: August 2008 - Vol. 44, No. 8

Circuit Court Judge William B. Acree Jr. of the 27th Judicial District has been elected president of the Tennessee Judicial Conference. Acree has been circuit court judge since 1994, and has served as a special judge on the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals, the Tennessee Court of Appeals and the Tennessee Supreme Court Worker's Compensation Panel. He also is the past president of the Tennessee Trial Judges Association. He earned his law degree in 1968 from the University of Tennessee.

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Other new conference officers are Chancellor Carol L. McCoy of the 20th Judicial District, who has become the first woman president-elect of the conference; and Criminal Court Judge W. Mark Ward of the 30th Judicial District, who is the new secretary. Criminal Court Judge Lee Coffee of the 30th Judicial District has been elected an executive committee member.

Kevin C. Kennedy, senior attorney with The Kennedy Law Firm PLLC in Clarksville, has recently released a new book, Divorce Through the Eyes of a Christian Lawyer. He presented the first copy of the book to the Honorable Joe Loser Jr., dean of the Nashville School of Law. Kennedy graduated from the school in 1983 and topped his law class in the field of evidence.

Cookeville and Nashville attorney Mark C. Travis recently received his master of laws in dispute resolution from the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University School of Law, and announced he will serve as an adjunct professor of employment dispute resolution at the institute. Travis is an Approved Rule 31 Mediator of the Tennessee Supreme Court, a panel mediator-arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association and chair of the Dispute Resolution Section of the Tennessee Bar Association.

Suzanne S. Cook, a partner with Hunter, Smith and Davis LLP in Kingsport, recently was approved as a Rule 31 Listed General Civil/Family Mediator by the Alternative Dispute Resolution Commission. Cook has been a practicing trial attorney for over 13 years. She is licensed in Tennessee and Virginia.

Nashville lawyer Donald B. Stuart, a partner in the tax practice group of Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis LLP, has been appointed vice chairman of the American Health Lawyers Association's Tax and Finance Practice Group. Boasting more than 10,000 members, the association is the nation's largest nonpartisan, non-profit, educational organization devoted to legal health care issues.

Barry J. Gammons of Nashville has been named the young members representative to the Commercial Law League of America's Board of Governors for the 2008-2009 term. The league is an organization of attorneys, collection agencies and other credit and finance experts in the field of commercial law, bankruptcy and insolvency. Gammons, who earned his law degree from the Nashville School of Law in 1993, is past chair of the southern region of the league and immediate past chair of the Young Members Section. He is the owner of the Law Offices of Barry J. Gammons, a firm that focuses on creditor's rights.

The Bradley County Bar Association has elected new officers. They are: President Stephen D. Crump with Crump, Richardson & Young; Vice President/President-elect Michael E. Jenne with Jenne, Scott & Jenne PLLC; and Treasurer Joshua H. Jenne with Jenne, Scott & Jenne PLLC. All are from Cleveland.

The Tennessee Lawyers Association for Women is now under the leadership of President Barbara Zoccola, a Memphis lawyer who works in the U.S. Attorney's Office. Additional new officers include President-elect Amy Hollars, a solo practitioner in Livingston; Treasurer Linda Knight with Gullett Sanford Robinson & Martin PLLC in Nashville; Recording Secretary Kristen Amonette of Dodson Parker Behm & Capparella PC in Nashville; and Corresponding Secretary Tiffany Johnson with the Cochran Firm in Memphis. The following grand division directors also were elected: Markeisha Savage with Memphis Area Legal Services; Maria Salas with the Salas Slocum Law Group PLLC in Nashville; and Debra House with Legal Aid of East Tennessee in Knoxville.

Nashville lawyer Francis J. "Casey" Del Casino joined Adams and Reese's Music Row office as special counsel effective July 1. Del Casino formerly was a partner at Waller Lansden Dortch and Davis LLP and spent nearly a decade as a music publisher in New York. He has extensive experience in intellectual property and copyright law, as well as the purchase and sale of entertainment and publishing companies. Del Casino earned his law degree from Vanderbilt University Law School in 1988.

Denise Gough, lead counsel for Scripps Networks' Great American Country cable network, was promoted to vice president of legal affairs effective June 1. In her new role, she will supervise the company's independent contractor process and continue working with current clients as counsel. Prior to joining the company, Gough was senior counsel for America Online. She graduated from the Duke University School of Law in 1997.

The law firm of Harris Shelton Hanover Walsh PLLC recently announced that Susan Callison has joined its east Memphis office. Callison obtained her law degree from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville in 1974 and a master of law in taxation from the University of Florida in 1979. Her practice focuses on estate planning, business succession planning, administration of trusts and estates, governmental pension plans, and the structuring and counseling of professional practices and family businesses.

The Jackson-Madison County Bar Association has named new officers for 2008-2009. TBA members among them are President William F. Kendall with Waldrop & Hall PA, Vice President Todd Siroky with Rainey, Kizer, Reviere & Bell PLC, and Treasurer Alan Rheney with Spragins, Barnett, Cobb & Butler. All are from Jackson.

In June, Tennessee's juvenile justice community honored Knox County Juvenile Court Judge Tim Irwin, Scott County General Session Judge James Cotton and Madison County General Session Judge Christy Little at a reception at the Nashville School of Law. The event was part of a continuing legal education program, "Dismantling the School-to-Prison Pipeline in Tennessee," sponsored by the TBA Access to Justice Committee, TBA Juvenile and Children's Law Section, Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services, Disability Law Center, Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, CAN Learn, and the Administrative Office of the Court Improvement Program.

The Tennessee District Public Defenders Conference has re-elected Jeffrey S. Henry as its executive director. In that role, Henry provides administrative services and training for the state's public defenders, coordinates multi-district cases, administers the public defender budget, and serves as a liaison to other branches of state government. He is a 1971 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Law.

Maryville attorney Stephen S. Ogle has been granted a scholarship to attend the National Association of Counsel for Children conference this summer in Savannah, Ga. The funding for the training comes from the Court Improvement Project of the Administrative Office of the Courts, Tennessee Supreme Court.

Newport lawyer Bill Shults was elected June 1 by his colleagues on the Tennessee Claims Commission to a two-year term as chairman. Shults was appointed to the commission, which decides a variety of civil claims filed against the state, in May 2006 by Gov. Phil Bredesen. A native of Newport and Cocke County, Shults has been practicing law for 31 years. Prior to joining the commission, he worked for the National Labor Relations Board and the United Mine Workers of America.


Pulaski attorney WILLIAM HOWELL FORRESTER died May 27 of complications from pneumonia and extended battles with cancer. He was 84. Forrester was born in Watertown and attended Peabody College before entering the U.S. Army in 1943 and serving with distinction in World War II. After his discharge, Forrester graduated from Cumberland Law School in 1948 and practiced law in Nashville with his father, Robert L. Forrester, before moving to Pulaski in 1950. He served as the city judge of Pulaski for many years. The family requests that donations in his honor be made to the First United Methodist Church of Pulaski, 200 West Jefferson Street, Pulaski, TN 38478.

JAMES M. GLASGOW SR., 88, of Union City died June 9. Glasgow earned his law degree from the University of Tennessee in 1948 and began a law practice in Dresden that same year. He was appointed assistant attorney general in 1952, an office he held until 1961. In that role, he represented the State of Tennessee before the U.S. Supreme Court in the landmark case Baker vs. Carr, which established the principle of one man, one vote. Glasgow joined the Union City firm of Elam, Glasgow & Chism, where he was named a partner in 1963. From 1975 to 2001, he served as city attorney for the City of Union City. Glasgow was a member of the Tennessee Bar Association Board of Governors and House of Delegates from 1977 to 1978, a member of the Supreme Court Advisory Committee on the Tennessee Rules of Civil Procedure, and chair of the Supreme Court Commission on Specialization. Memorials may be made to Pleasant Valley United Methodist Church or the Union City Rotary Scholarship fund.

STEPHEN D. JACKSON, an assistant district attorney in the 24th Judicial District, was killed in a car accident May 30. He was 60. The family has requested that memorial contributions be directed to the Music and Sound Ministry at West Jackson Baptist Church, 580 Oil Well Rd., Jackson, TN 38305.

Nashville lawyer JERE MONTGOMERY died on June 17 at the age of 57 after a long battle with cancer. A native of Paris, Tenn., Montgomery taught in the Nashville public school system in the mid-1970s, then returned to school to seek her law degree. She graduated from the Nashville School of Law in 1979 and practiced real estate law in Nashville. Donations in her memory may be made to the domestic violence center Homesafe Inc., located at 127 S. Water Ave., Gallatin, TN 37066.

IRVIN BOGATIN, co-founder of the Memphis-based Bogatin Law Firm, died July 1 at age 92. A civic leader in Memphis for many years, he was also a leader in the bar, serving as a member of the TBA's Board of Governors, as president of the Memphis Bar Association, and as a charter fellow and past chairman of both the Memphis and Tennessee bar foundations. He was also a co-founder of Memphis Area Legal Services and was an inaugural year recipient of a Pillars of Excellence Award from the University of Memphis for his 50-plus years of service in helping shape the Memphis legal community and community at large. His family requests that memorials be sent to the Memphis Bar Foundation, Baptist Trinity Hospice, Temple Israel or a charity of the donor's choice.

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