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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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Lawrence “Larry” J. Laurenzi, a former U.S. attorney, has joined Baker Donelson's Government Enforcement and Investigations Group. Laurenzi, who joins as of counsel, brings more than 35 years of experience with the U.S. Department of Justice for the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Western District of Tennessee, including an appointment as U.S. attorney from 2008 to 2010. After beginning his career serving as a trial attorney, Laurenzi went on to serve as criminal chief, before becoming first assistant U.S. attorney.

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Hunter Rost is a new board of directors member for  World Services Group (WSG). Rost, a partner at Waller, has served on WSG's North American Regional Council since 2015 and has been an active member of the network since 2007. WSG is a resource for professionals and their clients to receive quality value and service from legal, investment banking and accounting services.

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Happy Birthday, Mr. Donelson!

Memphis lawyer Lewis "Lewie" Donelson III turned 100 Oct. 9 and was celebrated by many. He is a co-founder and senior counselor at Baker Donelson, which honored him for “the influence and lifelong commitment he has had upon the firm, the city of Memphis, the state of Tennessee, and the legal profession.”

He earned his law degree in 1941 from Georgetown University Law Center. In 1954, he founded the Memphis law firm of Donelson & Adams.

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Barbara Peck is the new director of communications for the Tennessee Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC). One of Peck’s primary responsibilities is serving as a media spokesperson for the Supreme Court of Tennessee and the AOC. In addition, she will provide communications support to many of the AOC’s key initiatives, including civil access to justice, human trafficking awareness, opioid epidemic response, indigent representation and the business court pilot project.

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