TBA Law Blog

Posted by: TBA News on Jul 1, 2018

Journal Issue Date: Jul 2018

Journal Name: July 2018 - Vol. 54, No. 7

CASA Volunteer of the Year Awarded to Hearnsberger

The TBA Young Lawyers Division presented its annual Court-Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Volunteer of the Year award last month to Julia Hearnsberger of Fayetteville.

Julia Hearnsberger, center, accepts the CASA Volunteer of the Year Award. Crystal Guess, left, and Bonnie Sullivan were there to celebrate with her.

Hearnsberger has volunteered at the Junior’s House Child Advocacy Center for more than three years, where she helped start the CASA program, and has served nine children. In addition to serving as a child advocate, she mentors other CASA volunteers and fundraises for the organization. Hearnsberger was honored alongside Junior’s House Executive Director Crystal Guess and Volunteer Supervisor Bonnie Sullivan.

“Julia is always willing to help us with anything we ask,” Guess wrote in her nomination. “She is constantly mentoring other CASA volunteers as they go out on their first case, and she is also always willing to go with others on their home visits so that they are not alone. ... I honestly do not think Julia has ever missed an opportunity to help out with the CASA program. If we call her with a task, you best believe she will get to work on it right away and have it done as soon as possible. We appreciate how she always takes initiative right off the bat.”

Memphis-based law firm Wiseman Bray PLLC has expanded its practice to include family law, with the addition of Austin T. Rainey. He previously was an attorney at Apperson Crump and focuses his practice in general civil litigation with a concentration in family and domestic relations law, including divorce, child support and custody litigation. Rainey is also an active member of the board of the Tennessee YMCA Center for Civic Engagement.

Matt White has earned certification as a Certified Information Privacy Manager (CIPM) from the International Association of Privacy Professionals. A shareholder in Baker Donelson's Memphis office, White defends national and regional securities firms and their registered representatives in a wide range of matters, including customer-initiated arbitrations and litigation, as well as in enforcement proceedings and investigations by the SEC, self-regulatory and compliance matters.

Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands, Tennessee’s largest nonprofit law firm, announced that Linda Blackwelder has joined its Tullahoma office as a staff attorney. Before joining the legal profession, Blackwelder was an environmental consultant who specialized in tracking the movement of hazardous chemicals in groundwater. In 2008, she decided to make a career change and began pursuing her law degree at night at the Nashville School of Law, graduating in 2011. She began her law career as a volunteer for the Legal Aid Society’s Tullahoma office.

Lang Wiseman, a former University of Tennessee basketball player and an attorney with Wiseman Bray PLLC in Memphis, was appointed by Gov. Bill Haslam to the UT Board of Trustees. Wiseman was one of two nominees approved by the Tennessee General Assembly after several of Haslam’s original submissions were denied. Wiseman, a former Shelby County Republican Party chairman, will serve a four-year term.

Sims Funk PLC announce that Nashville lawyer Gil Schuette has been made a partner in the firm. Schuette works closely with Sam Funk and Scott Sims to represent the firm’s clients in a broad range of complex business disputes. Schuette graduated with honors from Wake Forest University and cum laude from the University of Tennessee College of Law where he served on the Editorial Board of Transactions: The Tennessee Journal of Business Law. He currently serves as the treasurer for the Nashville Bar Association Young Lawyers Division and on the Board of Directors for Operation Stand Down. Between college and law school, Schuette served as an officer in the United States Marine Corps as a reconnaissance platoon commander and a military transition advisor to the Iraqi Army.

Blake Garner has joined the Murfreesboro law firm of Parkerson Santel PLLC. Garner’s practice focuses on business services and litigation, insurance law, employment and real estate. He graduated cum laude from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 2012.

E. Berry Holt, a partner in Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP’s Nashville office, has been inducted into the Seton Society of St. Thomas Health of Tennessee. The Seton Society recognizes and pays tribute to physicians, nurses, health care workers and community volunteers who demonstrate excellence in their professions and in their service to Saint Thomas Health and the greater Nashville community. A member of Bradley’s Healthcare Practice Group, Holt focuses his practice primarily on the health care industry. He is a past president of the Tennessee Academy of Hospital Attorneys and chairman of the Discovery Place board. Holt received his law degree from Vanderbilt University Law School.

An investiture ceremony was held June 1 in Nashville for U.S. District Judge William L. Campbell Jr., with Judge Waverly Crenshaw presiding. The ceremony was in the Ceremonial Courtroom of the United States District Court with a reception following. U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander and John Tarpley delivered remarks, and Jason Pannu, who was TBA president-elect at the time, presented Campbell with a gavel.

Littler has appointed Nashville office Managing Shareholder Jennifer Robinson as a co-chair of its Hospitality Industry Group, along with a member of the firm’s Houston office. A labor and employment litigator for more than two decades, Robinson has been the lead defense attorney in nearly 40 state and federal wage and hour class and/or collective actions. She also has defended employers in single and multiplaintiff lawsuits involving claims of discrimination, harassment, retaliation and failure to accommodate. She earned her law degree from Vanderbilt University Law School.

The Hendersonville office of Bone McAllester Norton has moved. The new address is Bluegrass Commons II, 100 Bluegrass Commons, Suite 2370, Hendersonville 37075. Attorneys in that office are Kee Bryant-McCormick, Marty Cook, Johnny Garrett, Bob Langford, George Phillips and Bill Wright.

Mindy Thomas Fulks is the Tennessee Bar Association’s new director of membership. Fulks has served as the association’s director of continuing legal education for 10 years. Under Fulks’ leadership, TBA?CLE?has grown to be the premier provider in the state and is recognized nationally for new and engaging programming. Fulks is known to be a thought leader in continuing education and for her innovative approach to providing and improving the learning experience. Fulks replaces Kathy Prescott, who served as membership director for three years before retiring this spring.

Jennifer Vossler is the TBA’s new director of education and professional development for the CLE department, stepping into Fulks’ role. Vossler is a Nashville native who brings to the association nine years of continuing education and professional development as well as management experience in health care and compliance. She received her bachelor of science degree in business administration and marketing from Tennessee Technological University.

Within the TBA’s CLE Departmant, Sections, Committee and CLE Coordinator Brenna Scheving has resigned her position to move to Iceland.


TBA committees and sections leadership for 2018-19 include:?


  • ABA Resource: Jonathan Cole
  • Access to Justice: Jim Barry
  • Attorney Well Being: Julie Sandine
  • CLE: Estelle Winsett
  • Ethics and Professional Responsibility: Brian S. Faughnan
  • Judicial Campaign Code of Conduct: Sam Elliott
  • Committee on the Judiciary: Matt Sweeney
  • Long-Range Planning: Michelle Greenway Sellers
  • Programs Committee: Tasha Blakney
  • Public Education: Curtis Bowe
  • Tennessee Bar Journal Editorial Board: Andrée S. Blumstein
  • TBA Leadership Law: Loretta Cravens and Trey Thacher
  • Committee on Racial & Ethnic Diversity (CRED): Terica Smith
  • Special Committee on the Evolving Legal Market (ELM): A.J. Bahou


  • Administrative Law: Bill Penny
  • Adoption Law: Jason Long
  • Animal Law: Dusty King
  • Appellate Practice: Kyle Wilson
  • Bankruptcy Law: Laura Ketcham
  • Business Law: Matt Lyon
  • Communications Law: Paul McAdoo
  • Construction Law: Jerry Martin
  • Corporate Counsel: Alicia Oliver
  • Creditors Practice: Nathan Lybarger
  • Criminal Justice: Roger Nell
  • Disability Law: Chris George
  • Dispute Resolution: Steve Shields
  • Elder Law: Julia Price
  • Entertainment and Sports Law: Mary Lauren Teague
  • Environmental Law: Jenny Howard
  • Estate Planning and Probate: Michael Goode
  • Family Law: Susan Mackenzie
  • Federal Practice: Chris Sabis
  • General Solo and Small Firm Practitioners: Jane Powers
  • Health Care Law: Monica Wharton
  • Immigration Law: Terry Olsen
  • Intellectual Property: Hemant Gupta
  • International Law: Ken Goldsmith
  • Juvenile and Children’s Law: Greta Locklear
  • LGBT: John Rice and Joshua Wallis, co-chairs
  • Labor and Employment Law: Donna Mikel
  • Law Office Technology and Management: Tom Shumate
  • Litigation: Mary Taylor Gallagher
  • Local Government:?Charlotte Knight-Griffin
  • Real Estate Law: David Wicker
  • Tax Law: David Mittelstadt
  • TBASCUS: Frank Grace Jr.
  • Tort and Insurance Practice: Bobby Leatherman

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