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Posted by: Tba People on Jan 1, 2015

Journal Issue Date: Jan 2015

Journal Name: January 2015 - Vol. 51, No. 1

Memphis Area Legal Services’ (MALS) recently announced that retired Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Janice Holder will serve as chair of its 2015 Campaign for Equal Justice. MALS Executive Director/ CEO Harrison D. McIver III said Holder was selected to lead the group’s annual fundraising effort given her longtime commitment to access to justice issues and the prominent role she played in making those issues a priority for the court.

Memphis lawyer Michael P. Coury has been named president of the Tennessee Chapter of the Turnaround Management Association, a global, non-profit community of turnaround and corporate renewal professionals. A member with Glankler Brown, Coury focuses his law practice on bankruptcy and creditors’ rights and more. He is a past chair of the TBA’s Bankruptcy Section.

In related news, Nashville lawyer David W. Houston IV has been named vice president and president-elect of the group. He will serve in that role through the end of 2016 and take office as president in January 2017. Houston, a partner with Burr & Forman, practices in the firm’s Creditors’ Rights & Bankruptcy Practice Group.

The civil litigation firm of Carlock, Copeland & Stair – with offices in Atlanta and Charleston – has expanded its presence to Chattanooga, and named Angela C. Kopet as managing attorney of the new office. Kopet has practiced in the area of general liability defense and insurance coverage since 1995. Before joining the firm, she chaired the general liability department of a regional insurance defense firm, and served as staff counsel for an automobile insurance carrier.

The Nashville office of Loeb & Loeb has named Tiffany A. Dunn and Denise M. Stevens as partners in the firm. Dunn focuses her practice on business transactions, intellectual property protection among other areas. She earned her law degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law. Stevens handles intellectual property for the music, television and motion picture industries.  She graduated from the University of California’s Hastings College of the Law.

Stites & Harbison has added two new attorneys to its Nashville office. Nicholas Barry joins the Creditors’ Rights & Bankruptcy service group. He earned his law degree from Vanderbilt University Law School and previously clerked for William O. Bertelsman of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky. J. Anne Tipps joins the Business Litigation and Torts & Insurance Practice service groups. Tipps earned her law degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law. She served as a summer associate for the firm in 2013 and previously clerked for U.S. Magistrate Judge John S. Bryant.

Leitner, Williams, Dooley & Napolitan recently announced additions at three of its offices. Haley E. Moody, a 2014 graduate of the Tulane University Law School, has joined the firm’s Chattanooga office. Nancy R. Steer, a 2014 graduate of the Belmont College of Law, has joined the Nashville office. And LaToyia B. Trotter, a 2014 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Law, has joined the Knoxville office. All three will focus on developing a general civil litigation practice.

The firm also announced that attorney J. Matthew Drake has accepted a commission with the U.S. Army and has been appointed to the JAG Corps. He will serve as a staff attorney with the Tennessee Army National Guard’s 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment in Knoxville. Drake works in the firm’s Knoxville office where he handles general liability and workers’ compensation cases.

Dwight E. Tarwater, a founding partner of the Knoxville law firm of Paine, Tarwater and Bickers took office as general counsel to Gov. Bill Haslam in December. He succeeds Herbert Slatery, who left the administration to become the state’s attorney general. Tarwater helped found the Knoxville litigation firm in 1987 and has led the firm since that time. Under his leadership, the firm, now called Paine / Bickers, has undertaken many hours of pro bono representation and been recognized for that work with the Pro Bono Law Firm of the Year Award from Legal Aid of East Tennessee in 2010, 2012 and 2013.

Nashville lawyer Bill Young has rejoined the office of the Tennessee Attorney General as associate chief deputy. In this new role, he will supervise special projects, oversee legislative matters, coordinate multistate initiatives and assist with daily office operations. Young previously worked in the office as solicitor general. He left in 1995 to serve as deputy commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance. Later he was named senior vice president, chief compliance officer and general counsel for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee. He most recently was working as director of the Administrative Office of the Courts.

Clark Milner has joined the Nashville office of Bass, Berry & Sims as a litigator representing clients in breach of contract disputes, business torts and fraud. Before joining the firm, he clerked for Judge Thomas A. Varlan of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee. Clark received his law degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law.

The Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands has named Audrey Dorrough Seamon as the new director of its Middle Tennessee Medical-Legal Partnership (MLP). Seamon has worked as an attorney for Legal Aid since January 2013, primarily representing domestic violence victims. Prior to joining the organization, she clerked for Senior Judge Walter C. Kurtz. The Middle Tennessee MLP provides free legal services to low-income patients and their families and training for health care professionals.

Correction:?An item in the December 2014 issue incorrectly identified the title of an article by University of Tennessee Law Professor Dean Hill Rivkin, who authored the lead article in the Fall 2014 issue of Children’s Rights Litigation, a publication of the Children’s Rights Litigation Committee of the ABA Section of Legal Education. The correct title is “Truancy Lawyering in Status Offense Cases: An Access to Justice Challenge.”


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