VOL. 110 | NO. 3 | Thursday, January 4, 1996
11/4 jts MBA awards
MBA honors Whos Who of Memphis law
By JAMES SNYDER
The Daily News
James Manire received the Lawyers Lawyer Award, the highest honor of the Memphis Bar Association, during the MBAs annual meeting and banquet last month.
Manire, counsel for the law firm Waring Cox, attended the University of Virginia as a French major and left to fight in World War II in 1940. He returned for his law degree at UVA in 1948 and was editor in chief of the Virginia Law Review.
During World War II, he achieved the rank of lieutenant commander and was commanding officer on the destroyer escort U.S.S. Eldridge, which served with distinction as an escort vessel for Winston Churchill.
A Memphis native, Manire turned down work on Wall Street after graduating from law school to return to Memphis where he worked for Burch Porter & Johnson.
Manire was president of the MBA in 1963-64 and held the same office for the Tennessee Bar Association in 1966-67. He is listed in Whos Who in America, Whos Who in American Law and Whos Who in the World.
He also has served on the boards of several service foundations, including the Boys Club, The Hemophilia Foundation, Grace House, the Mental Health Society and the Childrens Bureau.
The Lawyers Lawyer Award is presented each year to a lawyer who has practiced for more than 15 years and has lived the aspirations of MBAs Guidelines for Professional Courtesy and Conduct.
The Sam A. Myar Jr. Memorial Award was presented posthumously to Amy Spain, who died June 30 in a car accident at age 31. The award recognizes outstanding personal service to the community by a lawyer under 40 years of age.
Spain graduated magna cum laude from Middle Tennessee State University and studied law at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, where she later taught legal research and writing as an adjunct professor.
An assistant U.S. attorney, she was secretary-treasurer of the MBA Young Lawyers Division, served on the Fogelman Downtown YMCA board of directors and took part in Mediation and Restitution/Reconciliation Services, a program designed to give a second chance to juvenile offenders.
A memorial fund has been established in her name at U of M, said David Randolph, past president of the MBA Young Lawyers Division.
"She was a very special person, and theres been a ground swell to do something appropriate to honor her," Randolph said. "She was not only a great leader, but she did a lot in the community as far as helping other people."
Presiding Judge Joe Jones of the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals received the Judge of the Year Award from the MBA Criminal Law Section.
A graduate of the University of Mississippi School of Law, Jones has served on the bench since 1986 and recently was named presiding judge by his nine peers. He won the Tennessee Trial Lawyers Presidents Award in 1978 and authored Tennessee Trial Practice Form, second edition.
"Hes renowned for taking legal issues...and tracing the legal history of the case, primarily to educate attorneys on what they need to do on other cases," said Mark Ward, former chairman of the MBA Criminal Law Section. "He takes time out...to educate us so we can apply the legal principles in other situations."
The MBA and Memphis Area Legal Services awarded their Pro Bono Award to the law firm of Baker, Donelson, Bearman & Caldwell for requiring its associates to donate 100 hours a year to pro bono work and community service.
Each of the awards is open to nomination from bar members. Some are chosen by committee and then voted on by the board of directors.