TBA Welcomes New Staff Members

The Tennessee Bar Association this month welcomed three new staff members. Brenda Gadd is the TBA’s new public policy coordinator. She will work closely with the Government Affairs Committee to help represent the TBA and its members before the General Assembly and other policy making bodies. Also new to the TBA is Kate Prince, who will serve as TBA Leadership Law Coordinator, as well as manage the TBA’s Mentoring Program and work with a new committee studying advancements in the delivery of legal services. Finally, TBA welcomed Amelia Ferrell, the newest addition to its communications team. Ferrell will write for TBAToday and the Tennessee Bar Journal, as well as expand TBA’s activity on social media platforms and coordinate media relations.

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New Law Firm Launches in Nashville's Hillsboro Village

A group of veteran Nashville attorneys has launched a new firm that will handle estate planning, probate, litigation and personal injury cases from an office in Hillsboro Village. The Nashville Post reports that Sean Martin and David Heller, formerly of DHPM, and sole practitioners Matt Potempa and Jennifer Sheppard have formed Martin Heller Potempa & Sheppard. Martin will focus on personal injury cases, while the others will handle probate and estate planning work. Family law and probate attorney Jamie Machamer also will join the firm. "We have put together an exceptional team of attorneys and legal professionals," partner Potempa wrote on Facebook Thursday. "Our goal is to provide the absolute highest quality of legal representation to our clients and we are excited about this new venture."

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Attorneys Honored at 2013 Lawyers Luncheon

Attorneys from across Tennessee were recognized for outstanding works Friday (June 14) during the Lawyers Luncheon at the TBA Annual Convention in Nashville. Among those honored were:

• The late Elizabeth T. Collins, a former Memphis lawyer, who posthumously received the TBA YLD Fellows' William M. Leech Public Service Award.
• Knoxville lawyer Daniel Headrick, who received the Justice Joseph W. Henry Award for his Tennessee Bar Journal article, “How to Act During a Deposition.” Headrick also received the Larry Dean Willks Leadership Award later that day from the members of his Leadership Law class.
• Supreme Court Justice Janice M. Holder, who received the Justice Frank F. Drowota III Outstanding Judicial Service Award for her work with lawyers’ assistance programs and access to justice issues.
• Students Alyssa Neuhof and Jeff Carter for their winning video productions submitted to the TBA's YouTube Video Contest.

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2013 TBA Big Shrimp Reception

More than 100 Tennessee lawmakers and their staffers came together with members of the Tennessee Bar Association during the annual Big Shrimp legislative reception at the Tennessee Bar Center. (Photos by Jenny Jones and Brittany Sims)

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TBALL Class of 2013 Kicks Off Program

The TBA’s Leadership Law program this month began its 10th year with an opening retreat for the class of 2013. Programming started Thursday afternoon and continues through Saturday at Montgomery Bell State Park. The 32 members of the class have already heard from some of the leading lawyers in the state, including Byron Trauger, Houston Gordon, Lewis Donelson, Randy Kinnard and TBA presidents Jackie Dixon, Gail Ashworth, Pam Reeves, Charles Swanson and John Tarpley. The group will meet monthly until graduating during the 2013 TBA Convention in Nashville June 12-15.

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TBA Selects Attorneys for 2013 Leadership Law Class

34 lawyers from across the state join six-month leadership training program

NASHVILLE, Dec. 10, 2012 -- The Tennessee Bar Association (TBA) announces that 34 attorneys from across the state have been selected for its 2013 Leadership Law program. Now in its 10th year, Leadership Law is designed to equip Tennessee lawyers with the vision, knowledge and skills necessary to serve as leaders in their profession and local communities. The class will meet for its first session in January, and then spend the next six months learning about leadership in the legal profession, issues in the courts, policymaking in state government and the importance of community service.

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TBA Announces Leadership Law Class of 2013

The Tennessee Bar Association has announced the members of its 2013 Leadership Law (TBALL) class. TBALL is an award-winning, six-month-long program that aims to nurture effective leadership with respect to ethical, professional and community service issues; build relationships among legal leaders from across the state and from across disciplines within the profession; raise the level of awareness among lawyers regarding the broad range of issues facing the legal profession; and enhance the diversity of leaders within the legal profession and the community as a whole. This year’s class will have 34 members from across the state. Programming begins with an opening retreat in January and concludes with graduation ceremonies during the 2013 TBA Annual Convention next June in Nashville. Read the TBA press release on the class or download a list of class members

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