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Baker Donelson lawyer George T. “Buck” Lewis was recognized with a Presidential Citation by the American Bar Association, which was presented by ABA President Bob Carlson at the 2019 ABA Pro Bono Publico luncheon in San Francisco as part of the ABA’s Annual Meeting in August. Lewis just completed three years of service as chair of the ABA Pro Bono and Public Service Committee and was honored for his work launching the country’s first interactive pro bono website now known as ABAFreeLegalAnswers. The free online legal service has been implemented in 41 states and in Great Britain and Australia. Lewis is a past president of the Tennessee Bar Association and Memphis Bar Foundation, as well as past chair of the Tennessee Supreme Court’s Access to Justice Commission.

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The Tennessee Bar Association honored Franklin attorney Howard Wall during the American Bar Association Annual Conference in San Francisco. Wall is a past chair of the ABA’s Health Law Section and currently serves on the ABA Board of Governors. The reception in his honor drew a large crowd of Tennessee attorneys, friends and supporters to the annual event.

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Three attorneys previously with the Middle Tennessee law firm of Bone McAllester Norton have joined the Nashville office of Burr & Forman. Alex Little, (below left) who joins the firm as a partner, will lead a new white collar criminal defense team. Before entering private practice, he was an assistant U.S. attorney in Nashville and Washington, D.C. Emily Mack, who also joins the firm as a partner, will practice in the areas of labor and employment, education law and complex litigation. Zack Lawson joins the firm as an associate. He will focus on criminal defense, government investigations, appeals, victims’ rights and complex litigation.

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Heritage Law Group of Gallatin is sponsoring scholarships for 10 students to attend the Sumner County Sheriff’s Office’s C.H.A.M.P. Camp this summer. The camp, which emphasizes character, honesty, attitude, motivation and positivity provides a week-long experience for rising sixth through eighth grade students. At an event announcing the partnership, the group’s owner Jake Mason commended the sheriff’s office for going above and beyond to serve youth in the community.

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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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