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Nashville lawyer Christine Lapps has been named deputy commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Revenue. She took office on April 22. Lapp has spent the last 12 years working on state and local taxation issues for corporate clients at Ernst & Young. She previously worked at the Department of Revenue in the Legal and Administrative Hearing Office and was a litigator in the Tennessee Attorney General’s office.

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Lewis Thomason lawyer Laura Deakins was recently honored with the Memphis Business Journal’s Best of the Bar Award for “Ace Associate.” She was joined by members of her firm at the award ceremony on March 5. Deakins focuses her practice on appellate, health care and transportation law. She is also the 2019 president of the Memphis Chapter of the Association for Women Attorneys.

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North Carolina Supreme Court's newly sworn-in Chief Justice Cheri Beasley (pictured below, center) celebrates with Senior Associate Justice Paul Newby and Associate Justice Robin Hudson. Beasley, a University of Tennessee College of Law graduate, is North Carolina’s first African-American woman to serve as chief justice. Photo courtesy North Carolina Judicial Branch.

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Honorees of the Marion Griffin-Frances Loring Award in attendance at the 2019 Association of Women Attorneys banquet are shown below, from left: Ellen B. Vergos (1998); Linda L. Holmes (2002); Hon. Janice M. Holder (1999); Jocelyn Wurzburg (2019); Amy J. Amundsen (2007); Barbara Zoccola (2006); Hon. Claudia Haltom (2018); and Blanchard E. Tual (1995), the only male honored in AWA history. Frances Loring, who died in 2009, was the first recipient of the award (in 1989) now named after her.

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New Tennessee assistant attorneys general recently were sworn in by Tennessee Supreme Court Chief Justice Jeff Bivins in the state Capitol’s Old Supreme Court Chamber. The annual ceremony recognizes attorneys hired by the Attorney General’s office in the last 12 months. Back row, from left: Matthew Jones, Garrett Ward, Rainey Lankford, Patrick Riley, Kyle Mallinak, David Wood.  Front row, from left: Chief Justice Jeff Bivins, Jeffrey Ridner, David Rudolph, Amber Seymour, Gabrielle Mees, Dianna Shew, Matthew Gaske, Matthew Cloutier, Attorney General Herbert Slatery. Brian Mauk is not pictured.

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Former Tennessee Senate Majority Leader Mark S. Norris was officially sworn in as the newest U.S. district judge for the Western District of Tennessee in a private ceremony on Nov. 8. A public investiture ceremony will be held on Jan. 11. Norris was nominated to the federal district court by President Donald Trump and confirmed by the U.S. Senate on Oct. 11, 2018. He fills the seat left vacant when U.S. District Judge J. Daniel Breen took senior status in 2017. Breen is a former Tennessee Bar Association president.

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Georgetown Law Dean William Treanor, ABA President Bob Carlson, Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan, ABA President-elect Judy Perry Martinez and past TBA President Buck Lewis gathered at Georgetown Law Center in Washington, D.C., in honor of the 10th anniversary of Celebrate Pro Bono Month. Justice Kagan served as the honorary chair this year and spoke at an event at Georgetown Law Center.

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Knoxville lawyer Monica J. Franklin has stepped down as the Tennessee Bar Journal’s elder law columnist and from the practice of law, taking inactive status in October. She has written nearly 30 installments of “Senior Moments” regularly since 2009. The Tennessee Bar Association awarded her the Justice W. Henry Award for Outstanding Legal Writing for her 2006 article, “Securing Momma’s Home.” She is a former chair of the TBA’s Elder Law Section and a certified elder law attorney. She founded the Elder Law Practice of Monica Franklin, which is now Franklin & Kyle Elder Law. Franklin’s popular booklet, Saving Momma’s Home: 10 Frequently Asked Questions about Nursing Home Medicaid, remains available for download at www.franklinkyle.com/resources. A graduate of the University of Tennessee College of law, cum laude, she has practiced law for 18 years, developing “a team of attorneys, social workers and public benefits coordinators to provide a holistic, multidisciplinary approach to help families navigate the long-term care maze.”

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Former Tennessee Bar Association president and Nashville lawyer John R. Tarpley gave testimony in September in the confirmation hearing of U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Speaking on behalf of the American Bar Association, Tarpley explained how the judge earned a unanimous “well-qualified rating.” Tarpley is the lead evaluator on the Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary.

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Leadership Franklin has selected Stites & Harbison PLLC attorney B. Walker Entwistle to join its 2018-19 class. Participants are chosen based on their leadership skills and community involvement. Each class of 20 members receives leadership training during the eight-month program and completes a leadership project to improve the community. Entwistle is a partner based in Stites & Harbison’s Franklin office. He is a member of the firm’s Real Estate, Banking and Finance, and the Creditors’ Rights and Bankruptcy Service groups.

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