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Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Apr 26, 2013

2013 celebrations involve public service, awards, fun

Bar associations and legal organizations across the state are gearing up for this year’s Law Day with events that began this week and run through the first week of May. A round-up of activities follows. If your organization is hosting an event that is not listed here, please send details to


Chattanooga Bar Association
The Chattanooga Bar Association will hold its annual Law Day Luncheon on May 1 with a keynote address by U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander. The event, scheduled to begin at noon, will be held at the Chattanooga Convention Center, Ballroom H-I. Sponsors include BB&T and the Hamilton County Herald.


Bradley County Bar Association
U.S. Attorney William “Bill” Killian will present the keynote address for the Bradley County Bar Association’s Law Day event on May 1. Killian, the federal prosecutor for the Eastern District of Tennessee, will speak at 6 p.m. in the Bradley County Courthouse, 155 N Ocoee St., Cleveland 37364. He will address the topic “Federal Laws under the United States Constitution.” The event is free and open to the public.


Federal Bar Association, Northeast Tennessee Chapter
The Northeast Tennessee Chapter of the Federal Bar Association will hold a Law Day Luncheon and Celebration on May 2 at the General Morgan Inn in Greeneville. The event -- which adopts the 2013 Law Day theme of “Equality for All, Realizing the Dream,” will feature opening remarks by Judge J. Ronnie Greer, U.S. District Court for the  Eastern District of Tennessee on the topic "Judicial Views on the Emancipation Proclamation." A keynote address by Rita Sanders Geier will follow. Geier is a senior fellow at the Baker Center for Public Policy, a civil rights pioneer and namesake of the Geier Consent Decree of 2001. The event will conclude with an award presentation for area students who participated in the Law Day Essay and You Tube Video contests. The event will run from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The inn is located at 111 N. Main St., Greeneville 37743. Tickets are $25 for attorneys and $20 for non-attorneys. RSVP to Brenda Chase at or (423) 378-8839.


Jackson Madison County Bar Association
The Jackson Madison County Bar Association held its annual Law Day Luncheon on April 26. The featured speaker was U.S. District Court Judge John T. Fowlkes Jr. in the Western District of Tennessee. The event also recognized bar members who died in the past year. The annual Liberty Bell Award was presented to Lt. Tyreece Miller with the Jackson Police Department.

Also at the event, Madison County CASA presented its first-ever CASA Champion Award to the King & King Law Firm for its donation of television airtime to run CASA ads during the Christmas season.  West Tennessee Legal Services also presented its annual pro bono awards to area attorneys who completed 50 or more hours of pro bono work for the agency. Those honored were Carla Christian, Steve Conley, Jason Creasy, Elizabeth Ford, Lewis Jenkins, M. Scott Smith and Vanedda Webb.


Knoxville Bar Association
The Knoxville Bar Association (KBA) is hosting its annual Law Day Luncheon May 3 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. This year’s theme is “A Passion for Serving the Community.” The event will be held at the Foundry on the Fair Site and feature remarks by Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Cornelia A. Clark and Knoxville lawyers Wynne du Mariau Caffey, Rick Carl, Sam C. Doak, Kati Goodner and Ian P. Hennessey. The Barristers, the KBA's young lawyers group, will be collecting used cell phones for a YWCA program that helps women in need.

During the event, the Barristers will announce the student winners of its Law Day Art & Essay Contest, recognize the district’s winning high school mock trial team from Bearden High School and present its Law & Liberty Award. In addition, the KBA will honor the Barrister's Law Week activities, which also included presenting the Junior Judges program to area third graders and holding a professional clothing drive for low-income individuals looking for work.


Memphis Bar Association
Law Week activities got an early start in Memphis with the Memphis Bar Association (MBA) YLD holding its annual Legal Lines on WREG-TN Channel 3 this past Tuesday. During the two and a half hour show, local attorneys provided legal advice to members of the public who called the station.

Launch Party -- On Friday evening, the entire bar gathered for the 6th Annual Law Week Launch Party in Court Square. Members enjoyed BBQ, ice cream and music by the band WALRUS while stocking the pantry at Mid-South Food Bank with canned goods brought to the event. The event was held in conjunction with the TBA, Association for Women Attorneys, Ben F. Jones Chapter of the National Bar Association, Memphis/Mid-South Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, MBA Young Lawyers Division, University of Memphis Student Bar Association, University of Memphis Law Alumni Association, Tennessee Association for Justice, Association of Legal Administrators, Greater Memphis Paralegal Alliance, Legal Professionals of Memphis and Memphis area court reporters. Sponsors included Alpha Reporting Corp., BankTennessee, Brewer Detective Agency, Federated P.I., IPSCO, Mid-South Drug Testing, RocketFuel, Shred Shop of Memphis, The Daily News, The Marston Group and The University of Memphis Law School Alumni Association.

Naturalization Ceremony -- On April 29, the MBA and U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee host a naturalization ceremony at 10 a.m. at the Cannon Center. Volunteers are needed to help hand out programs and American flags to new citizens. Those interested in helping should contact the MBA office at (901) 527-3574.

Memorial Service -- The week wraps up with a memorial service on May 1 for Memphis lawyers who passed away in the last year. That service takes place at Calvary Episcopal Church at noon. Those interested in writing a memorial statement about any of the honorees should contact Mary Lynes at or (901) 527-3573.


Nashville Bar Association
The Nashville Bar Association will hold its annual Law Day Celebration May 1 at the Downtown Renaissance Hotel from noon to 1 p.m. Remarks will be delivered by U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper, who represents the Nashville area in Congress. The district’s Law Day Art & Essay Contest winners will be recognized, and awards will be presented to Andrew Shookhoff and David Raybin. Shookhoff will receive the Liberty Bell Award, which recognizes a person or group that promotes better understanding of the rule of law, encourages greater respect for the law and the courts, stimulates a sense of civic responsibility or contributes to good government. Raybin will receive the Norman Award, which is given to a criminal law practitioner or criminal court judge in the Metropolitan Nashville area. Raybin practices with Hollins Raybin & Weissman. The event's theme "Realizing the Dream: Equality for All" celebrates the civil rights movement and subsequent movements for human rights in America.

Gideon’s Promise Event
Atlanta-based Gideon’s Promise will host a “Law Day Soiree” May 1 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Nashville offices of Frost Brown Todd. During the event, the group's president will discuss the state of the nation’s public defense system and share about the mission of the organization. Nashville Mayor Karl Dean also will be honored and select outtakes from an upcoming HBO documentary, Gideon’s Army, will be shown. The event is sponsored by Nashville Public Defender Dawn Deaner; Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz; Bell Tennent & Frogge; Bone McAllester Norton; Dodson, Parker, Behm & Capparella; and Frost Brown Todd, located in the Pinnacle at Symphony Place, 150 3rd Ave. S., Suite 1900, Nashville 37201. RSVP for the event by April 24 to Roshonda Carter. Learn more about Gideon’s Promise, formerly known as the Southern Public Defender Training Center, by watching this recent New York Times video about a young prosecutor who graduated from its program.


The Tennessee Bar Association will announce the winners of its 2013 YouTube Video Contest on May 1. The 2013 contest asked students to consider the topic "The Least Dangerous Branch: The Importance of a Fair & Impartial Judiciary." Later in the week the TBA Young Lawyers Division will announce the statewide winners of the 2013 Law Day Art & Essay Contest. This year's contest focused on the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and asked students to depict the theme "Realizing the Dream: Equality for All" in their artwork and writing.