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Chattanooga Bar Foundation Honors 5 New Fellows

The Chattanooga Bar Foundation on Wednesday honored five new members during the annual fellows luncheon at The Walden Club. Named fellows this year were attorneys John Beard, Joe Hollis, Crews Townsend, Phil Whitaker and the Hon. Kevin Wilson. “Being a fellow of the Chattanooga Bar Foundation is an honor,” CBF President Jay Morgan told the Hamilton County Herald. “To be invited by one’s peers to become a fellow, an attorney must have an outstanding record of service to both the Chattanooga Bar Association and the broader community.”

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KBA Annual Memorial Service Planned for May 17

The Knoxville Bar Association will host its annual memorial service to honor the attorneys who died during the previous year. The service will take place at the Tennessee Supreme Court Courtroom on May 17 at 3 p.m. Joining KBA President Wynne Caffey-Knight in the reflection and celebration of the lives of these individuals will be Rev. Charles Fels and Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Sharon Lee.
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Judge Binkley Given NBA's Liberty Award

The Nashville Bar Association bestowed one of its top honors on 20th Judicial District Circuit Court Judge Joe P. Binkley Jr. at its recent 2019 Law Day luncheon in Nashville. At the luncheon, Binkley was named the recipient of the NBA’s annual Liberty Bell Award, which is “given to a person or group who [has] promoted better understanding of the rule of law, encouraged greater respect for law and the courts, stimulated a sense of civic responsibility, or contributed to good government.” The other major award of the day, the Jack Norman Sr. Award, was given to First Assistant Federal Public Defender Mariah A. Wooten. 
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Chattanooga Bar Foundation to Honor 2019 Class at Luncheon

The Chattanooga Bar Foundation Fellows will honor five new members for the Class of 2019 on May 15 at its annual luncheon, The Chattanoogan reports. The event will be held at The Walden Club at noon. Honored this year are John W. Beard, W. Joseph Hollis Jr., C. Crews Townsend, Philip B. Whitaker Jr., and the Hon. Kevin B. Wilson. Tickets are available here.
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Annual Charity Block Party Planned for June 1 in Nashville

Former Nashville Bar Association president Bill Ramsey is again hosting a block-party-birthday-bash honoring longtime friend Otha Turner. This year's Ode to Otha  event will be held June 1, with proceeds benefitting Second Harvest Food Bank. Join in on the 25th annual celebration for a casual, family-friendly day of music and dancing, food and drinks, and the centuries-old fife and drum tradition that Otha's family proudly carries on.
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Law Day Events Set for This Week

Law Day 2019 is Wednesday, and there are several events scheduled across Tennessee to celebrate. The Knoxville Bar Association will present "Leadership Lessons for An Angry Age, ‘Crossing the Aisle: How Bipartisanship Brought Tennessee to the 21st Century and Could Save America,’" featuring author and columnist Keel Hunt. The event will be Wednesday 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. at the Knoxville Hilton Downtown. The Nashville Bar Association plans to celebrate with a luncheon on Friday. The event’s keynote speaker will be Judge Martha Craig “Cissy” Daughtrey, and the Jack Norman Sr. and Liberty Bell awards will be given to Mariah Wooten and Judge Joe P. Binkley Jr., respectively. This year’s theme is Free Speech, Free Press, Free Society
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MBA to Host Annual Memorial Service

The Memphis Bar Association will host its annual memorial service, in honor of attorneys who passed away during the previous year, on May 2. The event will be held at Calvary Episcopal Church, 102 North 2nd St. Service begins at noon, with a reception to follow.
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Federal Lawsuit Filed Against Mandatory Bar Dues in Texas

Three Texas lawyers have filed a federal lawsuit claiming that mandatory membership in the State Bar of Texas violates their First Amendment right against coerced speech, The ABA Journal reports. The March 6 suit contends that the State Bar is using the plaintiffs’ dues for ideological or political activities that go beyond its function of regulating lawyers. The suit says the bar should not fund activities such as diversity initiatives, access to justice programs that help prevent deportations and legislative drafting and advocacy.
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Office on Aging to Host Knoxville Legal Clinic on March 9

The Community Action Committee's Office on Aging will host a Free Legal Advice Clinic on March 9, 9 a.m. to noon at the Knoxville-Knox County CAC, located at the LT Ross Building, WATE reports. The Office on Aging Pro Bono Legal Service Clinic is sponsored by the Rise Above Crime program of the Office on Aging, and Legal Aid of East Tennessee along with the Knoxville Bar Association's Access to Justice Committee.
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KBA Hosts Golden Gala to Honor Attorneys

The Knoxville Bar Association is hosting its 2019 Golden Gala to honor Knoxville-area attorneys who have been licensed for 50 years or more. The event will be held Saturday from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Pavilion at Hunter Valley Farm. Tickets are $75 per person.
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CBA to Host Annual Meeting Next Week

The Chattanooga Bar Association will host its annual meeting at noon on Jan. 23 at The Read House, 107 W MLK Blvd. The event will include a luncheon, presentation of awards, vote on bylaw changes and the swearing-in of the 2019 Board of Governors president. Tickets are $25 per person. RSVP to lhood@chattanoogabar.org.
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KBA Honors 2 Judges at Annual Meeting

The Knoxville Bar Association bestowed awards on two East Tennessee judges at its recent annual meeting. Sixth Judicial District Circuit Court Judge Deborah C. Stevens was given the Presidents’ Award in recognition of her longtime service on the KBA’s Diversity in Profession Committee, while Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals Judge James Curwood Witt Jr. was named as the recipient of the Courage in the Face of Adversity Award. Judge Stevens was appointed to the Sixth Judicial District Circuit Court in 2013 and won election to a full term in 2014. Judge Witt has served on the Court of Criminal Appeals since 1997.
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NBA Reception to Welcome New President

The Nashville Bar Association will hold a reception to celebrate its new president, Laura Smith, general counsel for Nashville Electric Service. The event will be held Jan. 29 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the law firm of Neal & Harwell, 1201 Demonbreun St., Ste. 1000, Nashville 37203. For more information contact Traci Hollandsworth at Traci.Hollandsworth@nashvillebar.org or 615-630-7050. RSVP here.
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MBA Honors Amundsen with Lawyer's Lawyer Award at Annual Banquet

Amy J. Amundsen was honored this week at the Memphis Bar Association’s annual dinner meeting with the association's highest award, the Judge Jerome Turner Lawyer’s Lawyer Award. This honor is given to a member of the Memphis Bar Association who has practiced law for more than 15 years and who exemplifies the qualities in the “Guidelines for Professional Courtesy and Conduct.” Also at the banquet the MBA gavel was officially passed to new president Annie Christoff, and new board members were introduced.
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NBA Announces New Officers, Honors Hardin at Annual Banquet

 
The Nashville Bar Association announced the election of new officers and bestowed awards on several members at its annual meeting and banquet, held last night at the Music City Center. NES General Counsel Laura Smith will be the group's new president, while Laura Baker will serve as president-elect, Brant Phillips as 1st vice president-elect and Tracy Kane as 2nd vice president-elect. Hal Hardin was presented the John C. Tune Public Service Award, an accolade given to a member who “make outstanding contributions to the greater Nashville area community while distinguishing themselves as practicing attorneys.”
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Supreme Court Calls for Reconsideration of Mandatory Bar Membership

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ordered a federal appeals court to reconsider a First Amendment challenge to mandatory bar membership by a North Dakota lawyer, The ABA Journal reports. The Supreme Court vacated a judgment against lawyer Arnold Fleck and ordered the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals at St. Louis to reconsider the case, ordering it to take into account the high court’s June decision striking down mandatory union dues for collective bargaining on behalf of government employees, saying that dues violated the employees’ First Amendment rights. Fleck contends he should not be compelled to join a bar association.
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NBA Members Prefer Moskal for 20th Judicial District Opening

The Nashville Bar Association released the results today of a member poll for candidates being considered for the 20th Judicial District Chancery Court Vacancy in Davidson County, with the majority of respondents favoring Patricia Head Moskal for the job. Out of 738 surveyed attorneys, 333 said they would "highly recommend" Moskal and another 117 said they would "recommend" her. Coming in second place was Scott P. Tift, whom 136 respondents said they would "highly recommend" and 153 said they would "recommend." Coming in third, fourth and fifth were Stanley A. Kweller, David Michael Anthony and Christopher C. Sabis.
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MBA YLD Honors Judge Gina Higgins with 'Judge of the Year' Award

The Memphis Bar Association's Young Lawyers' Division honored Shelby County Circuit Court Judge Gina C. Higgins with its 2018 Chancellor Charles A. Rond Memorial Award for Outstanding Judge of the Year at its annual meeting this month. In 1976, the MBA YLD established the award, which is given annually to an outstanding judge in Shelby County in honor of the late chancellor. In casting their vote, YLD members were asked to consider the ability, demeanor, integrity and diligence of each nominated judge. MBA YLD President Mary Wu Tullis presented the award to Judge Higgins.
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NBA to Host Fall Memorial Service Nov. 15

The Nashville Bar Association will host its Fall Memorial Service on Nov. 15 at the Downtown Presbyterian Church, 154 5th Ave N. The service begins at 11 a.m. with a reception lunch immediately following. The service honors Nashville lawyers and judges who were lost in the previous year. Memorial resolutions recounting the lives and legal careers of the deceased are prepared and read at the service by friends and colleagues.
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KBA Memorial Service Set for Nov. 16

The Knoxville Bar Association will hold its annual memorial service on Nov. 16 at 3 p.m. at the Tennessee Supreme Court Courtroom, 505 Main St., 2nd Floor. The service will celebrate the life and careers of 15 attorneys who passed away this year: E. Riley Anderson, Richard Ralph Baumgartner, Janice Leyton Claytor, David Dickason Creekmore, Paul Edward Dunn, Thomas Draper Kerr, John D. Lockridge, William Eugene McClamroch III, A.C. Myers, Michael Anthony Nolan, Philip James Pfeifer, Spenser Flinn Powell, Jonathan Rohr, Hon. Richard R. Vance and Edward Eugene Wilson.
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Memphis Lawyers to be Honored with Awards

The Memphis Bar Association is accepting nominations for its two highest honors – the Judge Jerome Turner Lawyer’s Lawyer Award and the Sam A. Myar Jr. Memorial Award. Nominations need to be received by Oct. 26, and the awards will be presented at the MBA Annual Meeting on Dec. 13.

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Race, Clinic Highlight Events to Celebrate Pro Bono

All across Tennessee events are taking place this weekend as part of the Celebrate Pro Bono month. On Saturday, the Memphis Law Student Bar Association and Memphis Bar Association are joining together to host the Race Judicata (The Run for Justice!) in downtown Memphis. This event, which also features an afterparty with food, drink and live music, benefits the Memphis Bar Association’s Access to Justice program. To the east, Knoxville lawyers will be providing free legal advice at the Knox County Super Saturday Bar Advice Clinic, hosted by Legal Aid of East Tennessee. That event runs from 9 a.m. to noon. Find out more about other Celebrate Pro Bono events taking place across Tennessee.

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Red Mass Set for Sunday in Knoxville

Bishop Richard Stika will celebrate the Annual Diocesan Red Mass on Sunday at 11 a.m. in the new Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, 711 S. Northshore Dr. in Knoxville. The Red Mass is celebrated for judges, attorneys, law school professors, students, and government officials, invoking the guidance of the Holy Spirit for all who seek justice. Please direct questions to Paul Simoneau, 865-862-5753.

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Annual Barristers' Breakfast Fundraiser Set for Oct. 5 in Memphis

The 19th Annual Barristers’ Pancake Breakfast fundraiser, raising money for Komen for the Cure, will be held at the Calvary Church in Memphis on Oct. 5. Sponsored by Baker Donelson, the event will begin at 7:30 a.m. Tickets are $10, and can be purchased in advance by contacting Judy Birchler, (901) 577-2243.
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NBA Releases Results of Member Poll for 20th Judicial District Criminal Court Vacancy

The Nashville Bar Association released the results today of a member poll for candidates being considered for the 20th Judicial District Criminal Court Vacancy in Davidson County. Of the three candidates, Cynthia Chappell was the favorite, with nearly 49 percent "highly" recommending her. Twelve percent would "highly recommend" Jennifer L. Smith, and 9 percent would do the same for Dominic J. Leonardo.
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