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1. Newsmakers: Aug. 15, 2018 -

Joseph W. Smith, associate attorney at Rice, Amundsen & Caperton PLLC, has been selected as an associate member in the Leo S. Bearman Sr. American Inn of Court. Smith was nominated and voted by the Masters of the Inn. He began his legal career at Rice, Amundsen & Caperton as a runner during his undergraduate studies at the University of Memphis and continued as a law clerk while attending the U of M Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law. He joined the firm as an attorney in May 2016 and focuses his practice on all aspects of domestic relations, including divorce, custody, support and adoption.

2. Events -

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees holds the I AM 2018 “Mountaintop” Speech Commemoration Tuesday, April 3, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Mason Temple. The program will include Bernice King and Martin Luther King III, the children of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.; ambassador Andrew Young; COGIC bishop Charles Blake; AFSCME president Lee Saunders; and other dignitaries. Seating at Mason Temple is by invitation only; overflow seating at Temple of Deliverance, 369 G.E. Patterson Ave., is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Visit iam2018.org.

3. Events -

Temple Israel, 1376 E. Massey Road, will host a discussion on the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling Zivotofsky v. Kerry Tuesday, April 3, at 7:30 p.m. Leo Bearman Jr. of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC and Jef Feibelman of Burch, Porter & Johnson PLLC will lead the discussion of the ruling and its implications for American-born and Israeli-born Jews. A one-hour Tennessee Continuing Legal Education credit is available for $10. Sign up at timemphis.org or call 901-761-3130.

4. Saturday Legal Aid Clinic To Celebrate 10 Years -

A ceremony and reception will be held Saturday, July 8, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the 2nd Saturday Legal Aid Clinic, or 2SLAC, serving the Memphis community.

The event will be from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, 3030 Poplar Ave.

5. Daily News Names Managing Editor -

Jane A. Donahoe has joined The Daily News Publishing Co. as managing editor. In her new role, she oversees award-winning coverage of business and government news for both The Daily News and The Memphis News.

6. Spillyards Leads Community Advisors Launch -

Greg Spillyards has joined the brokerage team at Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors to launch the firm’s Community Advisors service line.

Community Advisors is focused on the Memphis city core, with a goal to provide real estate advisory services to assist in the revitalization of the city’s underserved areas with passion, creativity and entrepreneurship, and with service to those already living and leading in their neighborhoods.

7. Stuttering Foundation's Fraser Honored for Service -

Jane Fraser, president of the Memphis-based Stuttering Foundation of America, has received an honorary fellowship from the London-based Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists. She was selected for her distinguished service in promoting the profession of speech and language therapy. Fraser, whose father started the nonprofit Stuttering Foundation in 1947, has served as its president since 1981.

8. Real Estate Veteran Jan Phillips Rejoins Crye-Leike -

Jan O’Kelly Phillips has joined Crye-Leike Realtors’ Germantown-Poplar branch office, marking her return to real estate sales.

9. Events -

The University of Memphis will host the Civil Rights in Memphis luncheon and panel discussion Wednesday, Feb. 26, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the University Center Bluff Room, 499 University St. Visit memphis.edu/multiculturalaffairs for more information.

10. Commission, Attorney Meet in Closed Session -

Shelby County Commissioners met Monday, Aug. 19, in a closed-door executive session with attorney Lori Patterson, who, along with attorney Leo Bearman, represents the commission in the federal court lawsuit over the schools merger and the formation of suburban school districts.

11. Commission, Attorney Meet in Closed Session -

Shelby County Commissioners met Monday, Aug. 19, in a closed-door executive session with attorney Lori Patterson, who, along with attorney Leo Bearman, represents the commission in the federal court lawsuit over the schools merger and the formation of suburban school districts.

12. Commission Drops Fire/Ambulance Utility District For Now -

The idea of a utility district for fire and ambulance services in unincorporated Shelby County and several of the smaller suburban towns and cities was voted down Monday, Aug. 19, by the Shelby County Commission.

13. Neal Joins Madison Line Records as Chief Operating Officer -

Antonio Neal has joined Madison Line Records, the record label affiliated with Visible Music College, as chief operating officer. Neal – a four-time Gospel Music Association Dove Award winner who has also been nominated for a Grammy Award and four Stellar Gospel Music Awards – will oversee marketing, publishing and day-to-day operations at the label.

14. Strain Elected Shareholder at Baker Donelson -

Jason Strain, a shareholder with Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC, grew up with the idea of the legal profession being a “good and interesting job.”

15. Suburbs Start Again on Municipal Schools -

Aldermen in five of the six suburban towns and cities in Shelby County began the move Monday, May 6, to a July 16 referendum date for a second round of referendums on forming municipal school districts possibly as early as the 2014-2015 school year.

16. Suburbs Start Second Move To Ballot On Municipal Schools -

Aldermen in five of the six suburban towns and cities in Shelby County began the move Monday, May 6, to a July 16 referendum date for a second round of referendums on forming municipal school districts possibly as early as the 2014-2015 school year.

17. Mays Ponders Changes in Merger Terms -

U.S. District Judge Samuel “Hardy” Mays is considering whether he should change the terms of the 2011 consent decree that so far has governed the path to consolidation of Shelby County’s two public school systems.

18. Mays Hears School Board Member Selection Question -

A year and a half ago, all sides in the federal court case over the consolidation of public schools in Shelby County reached a hopeful milestone that set the ground rules for the merger.

“The proposed decree brings finality to this matter,” wrote Judge Samuel “Hardy” Mays in accepting the agreement and making it an order in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee. “It prevents years of litigation and establishes the basis for cooperative solutions based on good public policy, rather than legal solutions imposed by the court.”

19. Mays Weighs School Board Changes -

Memphis Federal Court Judge Samuel “Hardy” Mays remembers the part of the 2011 consent decree in the schools merger case that gives the Shelby County Commission the option of increasing the size of the countywide school board to up to 13 members after Sept. 1.

20. Despite Ruling Schools Case Far From Over -

The day after U.S. District Court Judge Hardy Mays ruled the suburban municipal schools referendums will go ahead as planned, most of the 20 attorneys in his courtroom for the ruling were back before him.

21. Municipal Referendums Hearing Continues -

The hearing in Memphis federal court to determine whether referendums on suburban municipal school districts will go ahead as scheduled looks to be an all-day affair.

The hearing broke for lunch Thursday, July 12, with federal Judge Hardy Mays still to hear from attorneys for the state of Tennessee, the six suburban towns and cities, the Shelby County Election Commission and the city of Memphis and Memphis City Council.

22. Judge Mays to Hear Schools Arguments -

When U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee Judge Hardy Mays gets to the motion to stop the municipal school districts referendums Thursday, July 12, he should have a thicker file and something close to 20 attorneys on his side of the bar.

23. Hoover Joins Agape As Director of Development -

Brian Hoover has joined Agape Child & Family Services as director of development. In his new role, Hoover will be responsible for leading Agape’s development efforts, such as fundraising and special events. He will also oversee the organization’s marketing, public relations and volunteer initiatives.

24. Baker Donelson’s Bogard Honored for Pro Bono Work -

Kate Bogard is one of a group of five attorneys at Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC recently named by the firm as its Memphis Pro Bono Attorneys of the Year.

25. Executive Coach Burtch Earns Int’l Designation -

Bill Burtch, founder and president of full-service management consultancy firm Harmony Coaching & Consulting, has received the Professional Certified Coach designation from the International Coach Federation, becoming the second PCC in Memphis. Burtch, who also holds the Senior Professional in Human Resources designation, focuses his consulting work in executive/team coaching, professional development training and human resources consulting.

26. White Joins BankTennessee As Mortgage Specialist -

Judy Sulton White has joined BankTennessee as a mortgage loan specialist. White has worked in the mortgage industry for 30 years and will focus on new-home financing options, mortgage refinances and custom construction loans.

27. Smith Named Vice Prez At S. Webster Haining -

Doug Smith has been named vice president, administrative operations, at S. Webster Haining & Co.

28. Gov Consolidation Suit Slow In Federal Court -

As the issue of schools consolidation moves toward the mechanics of a merger, a federal court case over Memphis and Shelby County government consolidation has been moving slowly.

The lawsuit, which eight citizens filed last October against the state of Tennessee and the Shelby County Election Commission, challenges the state law that requires any consolidation plan to win dual majorities in separate referenda in the city and in the county outside the city.

29. Baker Donelson’s Bearman Honored for Pro Bono Work -

Pro bono work is a key component of David L. Bearman’s law practice. His first trial as a professional attorney was pro bono, and this year he clocked more than 200 hours representing clients free of charge.

30. U of M Event Honors City’s Legal Pillars -

They’ve argued landmark cases in Memphis courtrooms in addition to representing everyday clients. They’ve grown into lions of the local legal profession. And they’ve helped tilt the course of history in the city.

31. Kanda Joins Electronic Vaulting Services as VP -

Amit Kanda has been hired by Electronic Vaulting Services LLC as the new vice president of IT and business development.

32. Baker Donelson Attorneys Ranked by Chambers USA -

Eight attorneys from the Memphis offices of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC have been ranked as leading practitioners in the recently released 2011 edition of Chambers USA, a directory of America’s leading lawyers for business

33. Patterson Named Shareholder At Baker Donelson -

Lori Patterson’s career has come full circle. Fresh out of law school in 1997, Patterson began a clerkship with federal appeals court Judge John C. Godbold. In 1999, she settled in at Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC, where she was mentored by influential professionals in her field.

34. Schools Case Moves Toward Expedited Trial -

Something surprising happened in the first hearing in the schools consolidation federal lawsuit last week.

All of the sides knew specifically what U.S. District Court Judge Hardy Mays would decide to get the case moving toward a trial on the merits scheduled for September. The rulings from Mays on the applicability of state laws governing schools consolidation and the Shelby County Commission’s move to appoint a countywide school board would set the stage for that trial.

35. Mays Hears Arguments in Consolidation Suit -

There were plenty of railroad analogies when Memphis federal court Judge Hardy Mays held the first hearing in the schools consolidation lawsuit last week.

One of the consolidation scenarios he will rule on has been referred to for months as a “second track” to merging the county’s two public school systems.

36. Schools Consolidation Case Hearing Goes Into Second Day -

With a day of coutroom give and take with attorneys representing six sides in the schools consolidation case, U.S. District Court Judge Hardy Mays has begun laying the groundwork for a decision on the federal lawsuit that will determine what a consolidated Shelby County school system looks like.

37. Attorneys Silent as Schools Mediation Begins -

The silence begins. All sides in the schools consolidation lawsuit met briefly Monday morning in Memphis federal court days after U.S. District Court Judge Hardy Mays appointed a mediator for the case.

38. County Commission Tightens Attorney-Client Rules -

The Shelby County Commission could keep legal documents out of the hands of some of its own members if they talk to the public about what happens in closed attorney-client meetings.

The commission passed the resolution Monday establishing that and other sanctions including censure that would have to be enacted with a majority vote.

39. Commission Rejects Paid Leave Restrictions -

Shelby County commissioners were short of the votes Monday to specifically prohibit county employees from getting paid leave for Christmas shopping days or in exchange for donating blood and other charity work.

40. School Parties Agree to Begin Talks -

All of the sides in the schools consolidation lawsuit have agreed to begin talks to resolve the lawsuit and possibly set new terms for the consolidation of Shelby County’s two public school systems.

41. School Consolidation Parties Agree to Begin Talks -

All of the sides in the schools consolidation lawsuit have agreed to begin talks to resolve the lawsuit and possibly set new terms for the consolidation of Shelby County’s two public school systems.

42. High-Profile District Court Judge Lets Lighter Side Show -

Complicated, high-profile cases that frequently carry far-reaching significance have a knack for winding up in the lap of U.S. District Court Judge Hardy Mays.

The most recent hot potato to be launched his way is the messy legal fracas stemming from the Memphis City Schools’ surrender of its charter in December. A court hearing before Mays appears set for Monday on the future of an appointed countywide school board.

43. Commission Awaits Schools Hearing Date -

U.S. District Court Judge Hardy Mays has an early decision to make in the schools consolidation case.

Shelby County Commission chairman Sidney Chism agreed last week to call off a planned Monday commission meeting to appoint members to a new 25-member countywide school board.

44. Mays Sets Monday Hearing in Schools Suit -

U.S. District Court Judge Hardy Mays has set a tentative Monday hearing in the schools consolidation lawsuit, hours before the Shelby County Commission was scheduled to appoint citizens to a 25-member countywide school board.

45. Mays Sets Monday Hearing in Schools Suit -

U.S. District Court Judge Hardy Mays has set a tentative Monday hearing in the schools consolidation lawsuit, hours before the Shelby County Commission is scheduled to appoint citizens to a 25-member countywide school board.

46. Baker Donelson Attys. Honored -

Eight attorneys from the Memphis office of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC will be recognized in the 2011 edition of Chambers USA.
The attorneys are Robert J. DelPriore and Matthew S. Heiter, corporate/mergers and acquisitions; Edward R. Young, labor and employment; E. Franklin Childress Jr., litigation (bankruptcy); Leo Bearman Jr., litigation (general commercial); Buckner Wellford, litigation (medical malpractice); and Mary L. Aronov and Robert C. Liddon Jr., real estate.
In addition, Chambers USA will recognize the firm’s health law practice as a leading national practice and seven of the firm’s practice areas will be named as leading practice areas in Tennessee: banking and finance, corporate/mergers and acquisitions, environment, health care, labor and employment, litigation (general commercial) and real estate.
In total, 66 Baker Donelson attorneys will be recognized in Chambers USA, including 23 of the firm’s Tennessee attorneys.

47. Houston Gordon Kicks Off MBA’s Lawyers Conversations Series -

At a lunchtime gathering the Memphis Bar Association is planning to host, trial attorney Houston Gordon will be the center of attention for the first in a series of informal seminars titled “Conversations with Local Lawyers of Distinction.”

48. Snow Day For Schools Standoff -

The first lawsuit in the standoff between Shelby County’s two public school systems was to be filed Monday in Chancery Court.

But several inches of snow have slowed for now what has been several weeks of a fast moving series of actions and reactions in the controversy.

49. Johnson Looks to New Year for Young Lawyers Division -

At 35, Shon Johnson slips in just under the wire of age acceptance into the Young Lawyers Division of the Memphis Bar Association. Yet he’s done more than slip in, he’s been elected president of the organization for 2011.

50. Paul Bourassa Joins Unity Home Medical as Director -

Paul N. Bourassa has joined Unity Home Medical LLC as director. Unity Home Medical is a medical supply company and sister company of Unity Hospice Care based in Germantown.

51. Attorneys Recall Myar’s Legacy -

During last week’s annual meeting of the Memphis Bar Association, attorney Buck Wellford asked how many in the room of 500 attorneys and judges knew Sam A. Myar Jr.

A few people stood, including Wellford’s father, retired federal judge Harry Wellford, and attorney Leo Bearman. Myar’s widow and family members were also present.

52. Attorneys Bring ‘Wealth of Experience’ to Classroom -

With a collective 126 years of working legal knowledge among them, three of the top lawyers in the city are pleased to be sharing their experiences with students at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law.

53. Baker Donelson Attorneys Named Super Lawyers -

Twenty-two attorneys from the Memphis office of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC have been named to the 2010 Mid-South Super Lawyers.

The attorneys are Ben C. Adams, Mary L. Aronov, Leo M. Bearman Jr., Sam B. Blair Jr., Michael B. Chance, E. Franklin Childress Jr., Angie C. Davis, Robert J. DelPriore, Gregory G. Fletcher, William H.D. Fones Jr., Grady M. Garrison, Stephen D. Goodwin, James R. “Josh” Hall Jr., Matthew S. Heiter, George T. “Buck” Lewis III, Robert C. Liddon Jr., Eugene J. Podesta Jr., Jackie G. Prester, Jill M. Steinberg, Buckner Wellford, Maurice Wexler and Edward R. Young.

54. Consolidation Referendum Plaintiffs Seek To Delay Nov. 2 Vote Count -

The plaintiffs in the federal lawsuit seeking to change the way votes are counted in the Nov. consolidation referendum want a delay in the certification of the referendum results and the preservation of the election information until U.S. District Judge Thomas Anderson rules on the case.

55. Metro Charter Case Moves to Federal Court -

The move to federal court less than a week before early voting begins on a consolidation charter isn’t a surprise to the most vocal proponents and opponents of consolidation.

It’s been a possibility since before the charter was drafted.

56. Federal Lawsuit Seeks One Count Of Consolidation Votes -

Eight Shelby County voters have filed suit in Memphis federal court against Tennessee Attorney General Bob Cooper, the Shelby County Election Commission and Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett to throw out the requirement that a consolidation charter must pass in two separate votes on the Nov. 2 ballot.

57. Deimund Named Clinical Director of Methodist Wound Centers -

Sandy Deimund has been named clinical director for the Methodist North and Methodist South Hospital Comprehensive Wound Healing Centers.

Hometown: Cape Girardeau, Mo.
Certified Wound Specialist (CWS) and a member of the American Academy of Wound Management
Work Experience:
Nurse manager, Methodist South Comprehensive Wound Healing Center; registered nurse, Southeast Hospital in Cape Girardeau, Mo.
Favorite quote:
“Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right.” Henry Ford
Last book read:
“Love ’Em or Lose ’Em” by Beverly L. Kaye
Favorite music:
I like a variety of music, from country to classical.
Favorite movie:
“African Queen”
Sports team:
Tennessee Titans
Activities you enjoy outside of work:
Spending time with friends, sudoku puzzles, traveling, reading
What talent do you wish you had?
I wish I could pick stocks like Warren Buffet.
Who has had the greatest influence on you?
All of the patients who have overcome obstacles in their lives, yet continue to persevere.
Why did you pursue a career in health care?
I have always had an innate curiosity about medicine and people. As a child, my dolls were always sick or injured and needed “health care.”
What drew you to Methodist?
The Christian atmosphere and multiple opportunities available for nurses.
What do you consider your greatest professional accomplishments?
Any time a patient hugs me or shakes my hand and tells me how much they appreciate my efforts is the greatest feeling.
What do you most enjoy about your work?
Working with patients to facilitate their healing process.

58. Bearman Looks Back At 50 Years of Law -

Leo Bearman Jr., who next month will have been practicing law for 50 years, is such a towering figure in the city’s legal community that his longtime secretary resorts to classic literature to describe him.

59. Jeff Barry Joins Commercial Advisors As Senior V.P. -

Hometown: Memphis
Education: Memphis University School; Vanderbilt, B.S. in Economics; Vanderbilt, M.B.A.
Work experience: Belz Enterprises 1988-1990; Barry Properties LLC 1990-present; Commercial Advisors, present
Family: Wife, Amy; daughters, Kate and Ellie; son, Hall
Last book read: “Lonesome Dove”
Music: Bluegrass, Classical
Movies: “Braveheart,” “Sound of Music,” “To Kill a Mockingbird”
Sports team: Tigers Basketball
Activities you enjoy outside of work: Time with family, camping, hunting
What talent do you wish you had? Singing
Who has had the greatest influence on you? Mom, dad and Alice.
Why did you pursue a career in real estate? I think I received my dad’s “love of the land.” I also love working with people. The creative side of land development as well as the “deal” side of helping buyers and sellers on transactions is a good fit for me.
What have been your most rewarding professional accomplishments? Being able to work in a wide variety of land deals, ranging from subdivision development to buying and selling of farm and hunting land. Along with that, helping people realize their goals in those areas.
What do you most enjoy about your work? Being outside with people (i.e. NOT in the office).

60. Southern Heritage Classic Founder Receives Lifetime Achievement Award -

Fred Jones has received the Arthur S. Holmon Lifetime Achievement Award from the University of Memphis Black Student Association.

61. Baptist Health Care’s Pounds Elected to Novation Board -

Don Pounds, senior vice president and chief financial officer of Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp., has been elected to serve on the board of Novation LLC, the health care supply contracting company for VHA, University HealthSystem Consortium and Provista LLC.
Since coming to Baptist in 1987, Pounds has served in a variety of roles, starting as chief financial officer at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County. 

62. YLD President Wiggins Joins Baker Donelson as Associate -

Kyle M. Wiggins has joined Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC as an associate in the Health Services & Products group. He will concentrate his practice on litigation surrounding medical malpractice defense, personal injury defense and general civil litigation.

63. Taube Touts Influences, Lessons Learned in Law Practice -

Emily Campbell Taube, a partner at Adams and Reese LLP, is a member of the firm’s Commercial Disputes, Labor and Employment, and Appellate Advocacy Practice teams. Taube focuses on litigation in the areas of commercial, Employee Retirement Income Security Act and employee benefits, employment practice and franchise/dealership litigation.

64. Higgins Co-Chairs MBA’s Award-Winning Internship Program -

Gina Higgins, an attorney at Higgins and Johnson, is a co-chair of the Diversity Committee of the Memphis Bar Association. Higgins chairs the committee with Linda Jew Mathis, an attorney at Golden & Mathis, and Ruby Wharton, principal at The Wharton Law Firm. Wharton also sits on the 2009 MBA board of directors.

65. U of M’s Preza Receives $740K Award for Research -

Dr. Chrysanthe Preza has received a more than $740,000 National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development Award for her research to improve live cell imaging. Preza is an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Memphis’ Herff College of Engineering.

66. Seely Devotes Time to Pro Bono Efforts -

Linda Warren Seely is the director of pro bono projects at Memphis Area Legal Services Inc. Seely is a Rule 31 Listed Family Mediator and received a special designation in Domestic Violence in 2007.

67. Best Lawyers to Honor Ogletree Deakins’ Lewis -

Best Lawyers in America will honor Fred Lewis of Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart PC during its 25th anniversary event in Atlanta April 23-25.

68. The Flintco Cos. Names Musson Business Development Director -

Troy Musson has been hired by The Flintco Cos. Inc. as its director of business development for Flintco’s Memphis and Springdale, Ark., offices.

69. Rosa Becomes GM at Holiday Inn-Wolfchase -

Chris Rosa has been named general manger of the Holiday Inn and Suites Memphis-Wolfchase. Rosa will be responsible for day-to-day operations of the property. He previously served as vice president of operations for Equity Estates, general manger at the Sheraton Meadowlands and area manger of the Crowne Plaza Ravinia in Atlanta. Rosa also has been named General Manager of the Year by Patriot American Hotels and Hotelier of the Year by the Connecticut Hospitality Association.

70. Morris Discusses Intellectual Property Issues -

Paul H. Morris, director and shareholder at Martin Tate Morrow & Marston PC, provides general counsel to business clients and litigates in a variety of commercial areas, particularly in intellectual property. He has extensive experience in patent litigation and licensing, trademark, copyright, franchise and trade secret matters.

71. Appeals Court Hears Miss. Water Lawsuit -

Mississippi asked a federal appeals court Wednesday to revive a $1 billion lawsuit that accuses the city of Memphis of stealing its water.

U.S. District Judge Glen Davidson dismissed the suit in February, saying he didn’t have jurisdiction over the case because it’s a dispute between two states that belongs in the U.S. Supreme Court.

72. UT Medical Group Names Martin VP of Corporate Compliance -

Linda Martin has joined UT Medical Group Inc. as vice president of corporate compliance.

73. Landmark Community Bank Names Newell Chairman of Board -

Chuck Newell has been elected chairman of the board of directors of Landmark Community Bank and will be based in Landmark’s Collierville branch.

Newell brings more than 28 years of banking experience to the board and currently serves as the president and CEO of Merchants and Planters Bancshares.

74. Glankler Brown Attorneys Named to AIC -

Three attorneys with Glankler Brown PLLC have been named members of the Leo Bearman Sr. American Inn of Court.

Amy Dudek, Andre Mathis and Michael Tauer all recently were named members to the local branch of the national American Inns of Court organization. In all, the Memphis chapter inducted 25 attorneys. Glankler Brown’s three were the most by any area firm.

75. Baker Donelson Ranked by Chambers USA -

The Memphis office of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC has received several high rankings in the 2008 edition of Chambers USA, a directory of America’s lawyers for business.

Seven practice areas and five attorneys have been recognized. Among the practice areas were Baker Donelson’s banking and finance; health care, and real estate; which achieved rankings in Band 1, the top tier of Chambers USA. General commercial litigation and labor and employment practice areas were ranked in Band 2, and the firm’s corporate/mergers and acquisitions practices were ranked in Band 3.

76. White Joins Junior Achievement As Exchange City Manager -

Michael White has joined Junior Achievement of Memphis and the Mid-South as Exchange City manager.

Previously, White has served in various youth development positions in the community including as a YMCA youth counselor and director of the Stax Music Academy Summer Camp. He earned a bachelor's degree in education from the University of Memphis.

77. Discussions to Center on Changes To Law Schools -

When the annual meeting of the Association of America Law Schools (AALS) convenes in New York in January, law professors will discuss a number of changes to the status quo of legal education, according to a recent article in "The National Law Journal."

78. Second Juvenile Court Judge Position Hinges on Appeal -

There won't be any move by the Shelby County Commission to fill a second Juvenile Court judge's position until the issue is decided by an appeals court.

Chancellor Kenny Armstrong refused to lift a stay of such an appointment Monday afternoon. As that was happening, commissioners, at their bi-monthly session, were opening a new front in the political discussion about changes to the court.

79. Juvenile Judge Stay Should Be Lifted, Commission Votes -

Shelby County Commissioners voted Wednesday to seek to lift a stay of a Chancery Court ruling that would allow them to appoint a second Juvenile Court judge.

The commission's attorney in the matter, Leo Bearman, is expected to file the motion with Chancellor Kenny Armstrong soon, said Commissioner Deidre Malone.

80. Commissioners Weigh Options For Juvenile Court -

Shelby County Commissioners meet today to debate the next move in the legal fight over a second Juvenile Court judge's position.

Some commissioners want to ask Chancellor Kenny Armstrong to lift a stay of his May ruling that the commission can create the second position and fill it until a special election is held in 2008. Armstrong sided with the commission in a lawsuit filed by Juvenile Court Judge Curtis Person Jr. But he stayed the ruling pending an appeal.

81. Events -

The Association of Women Attorneys will host a continuing legal education luncheon today at noon in the Supreme Court Hearing Room, third floor of 140 Adams Ave. Leo Bearman Jr. will speak on "How to Handle Rambo Tactics in the Courtroom." Bring your own lunch to the meeting. For more information, call Virginia Alexander at 523-8822, Ext. 420.

82. Events -

Main Street Collierville will host the 16th annual Sunset on the Square Summer Concert Series every Thursday through the end of July. Funk de Ville, a retro party act, will perform today at 7 p.m. The concerts are held on Collierville's Historic Town Square. For more information, call 853-1666.

83. CLE Session Examines ‘Rambo’ Tactics In Courtroom -

For attorneys working at small firms or on their own as solo practitioners, acquiring the required number of continuing legal education (CLE) credits each year can be a challenge.
With that in mind, the Association for Women Attorneys (AWA) set out earlier this year to make it just a little bit easier.

84. Events -

The Daily News' offices will be closed Wednesday in observance of Independence Day. Offices reopen at 8:30 a.m. Thursday and will remain open during normal business hours.

The AutoZone Red, White and Blue Celebration produced by the Beale Street Merchants Association will be held today at Tom Lee Park following the conclusion of the Redbirds game. A fireworks show will be featured over the river. For more information, call 529-0999. The event is free.

85. Events -

JobLINC of the Memphis Public Library and Information Center will hold a Career and Information Fair today from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, 3030 Poplar Ave. For more information, call 415-2700.

86. Baker Donelson AttorneysHonored by Chambers USA -      The 2007 edition of business lawyer directory Chambers USA has named 28 attorneys at Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC as leading practitioners. Attorneys from the firm's offices in Memphis, Atlanta, Birm

87. Law Week to Honor, Celebrate Profession -

The law means different things to
different people.

But to the hundreds of future American citizens who will gather at The Cannon Center for the Performing Arts next month, it means opportunity.

88. Attorney Pokes Fun at Colleagues and Himself in Humor Book -

In his book "Unfrocked and Unashamed," attorney Manuel Scarmoutsos writes about being on an elevator with local personal injury "heavy hitter" Corey B. Trotz.

The anecdote ends with Scarmoutsos joking, "He got my check before the accident happened!"

89. Class, No Class -

By his own admission, attorney Kevin Snider is not a big proponent of class action lawsuits, because they typically do not provide good relief for plaintiffs.

"The majority of the time, the attorneys are the ones who make the vast amount of money in class action lawsuits," said Snider, founding attorney of Snider Horner & New PLLC in Germantown.

90. Latest Legal Mentoring Program Pairs Seasoned Vets With Recent Grads -

The Memphis Bar Association's Senior Lawyers and Young Lawyers divisions have joined with the Leo Bearman Sr. American Inn of Court, the Ben F. Jones chapter of the American Bar Association and the Association for Women Attorneys to launch a mentoring program for sole law practitioners with five or fewer years of experience.

91. New Mentoring ProgramTo Benefit Novice Attorneys -     The Memphis Bar Association's Senior Lawyers and Young Lawyers divisions, the Leo Bearman Sr. American Inn of Court, the Ben F. Jones chapter of the National Bar Association and the Association for Women Attorneys have created

92. MATCU Banks on Judy Conrad as VP of Lending -

Judy Conrad has been named vice president of lending at Memphis Area Teachers' Credit Union (MATCU). Conrad previously served as vice president and manager of BankTennessee in Ripley. She has worked in the financial industry for almost 40 years.

93. Baker Donelson MakesCut With 22 Leading Attorneys -      The 2006 edition of Chambers USA, a directory of America’s business lawyers, listed 22 attorneys from Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC as leading practitioners in their fields. Attorneys from the firm’s

94. Courtroom Technology Bytes into an Increasingly 'Show-and-Tell World' -

Overhead projectors are giving way to computers and large display screens in Memphis-area courtrooms, while jurors are becoming more accustomed to technological presentations.

Charles Wright, president of The Data Co., a company that helps lawyers with visual presentations during trials, has seen the technological shift in Memphis' law community. A few years ago, law firms would use technology for presentations only intermittently.

95. Smith Promoted to Thompson & Co.'s VP for Information Services -

Julian Smith has been named senior vice president of information services for Thompson & Co. Marketing Communications. He has been chief technology officer there for more than 10 years. Smith, who is a partner in the firm, joined the company in July 1995.

96. Tuttle Elected to State Judicial Selection Commission -

Dale H. Tuttle of Glassman, Edwards, Wade & Wyatt PC has been elected 2006 vice chairman of the Tennessee Judicial Selection Commission. The commission interviews and recommends applicants for all state courts.

97. Younger Attorneys to Get Helping Hand From Mentors -

The Leo M. Bearman Inns of Court, the Senior Lawyers Division of the Memphis Bar Association, the National Bar Association and the Association of Women Attorneys are joining forces to expand a mentoring program that will help young lawyers learn the ropes.

98. Johnson Draws Praise for Communications Tactics -

The Public Relations Society of America's Memphis chapter has named Memphis City Schools superintendent Carol Johnson as its Communicator of the Year for 2005. Johnson accepted the honor at the organization's January chapter meeting. PRSA presents the award annually to a respected member of the community who invests time or talent in communicating a specific message to public audiences. Johnson replaced superintendent Johnnie Watson after his retirement in 2003. She had served as superintendent of Minneapolis Public Schools since 1997.

99. American Inn of Court Shows Clarence Darrow Story -

Jan. 10

The Center City Revenue Finance Corporation meets at 9:30 a.m. at the Center City Commission, 114 N. Main St. Contact Andy Kitsinger at 575-0540.

100. Events -

The Memphis Public Library and Information Center offers a free fitness class at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Raleigh branch library, 3157 Powers Road. The program, "Exercise on the Go," features trainers from the Millington YMCA. Call 386-5333 to register.