VOL. 111 | NO. 235 | Thursday, December 18, 1997
By SUZANNE THOMPSON
Stepping up to the bar
New MBA president wants association to be more "lawyer friendly"
By SUZANNE THOMPSON
The Daily News
Now that the changing of the guard is complete at the Memphis Bar Association, the new group of officers is ready to get going.
Newly installed president Bob Green said although he has not planned a set agenda, one goal he has for the association is to make it more "lawyer friendly," he said.
Green, a partner in Neely, Green, Fargarson, Brooke & Summers, said he wants to generate better service at MBA.
"I want to make the bar responsible to the needs of attorneys," Green said. "Not necessarily just bar members but all lawyers."
For example, he said he is particularly interested in forming a hospice committee for retired lawyers.
"These are some wonderful people who have given years of service," Green said.
He said he also wants to make sure that retired members of the bar association are included in bar activities.
Another issue Green said he may tackle is security checks at the courthouse.
He would like to eventually see lawyers issued identification cards so they do not have to endure the sometimes lengthy waits involved in the security checks.
Green said the bar association has had a committee working on this issue for some time, but he doesnt believe the at-large membership realizes the work that has been expended, in vain, trying to change the system.
Green, who is a graduate of the Tulane School of Law, served on the Tennessee Board of Law Examiners for 19 years and was president in 1981. He as elected a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers in 1977 and a fellow of the Tennessee Bar Foundation in 1985.
Green also was a founding member of the Lawyers Journal Club, a group of lawyers dedicated to scholarship and mutual understanding of legal issues.
Dottie Pounders is the new vice president, which means next year she will step into the role of the MBA presidency.
But right now, Pounders is concentrating on this year.
"Im looking forward to Bob Greens leadership. We have a lot of challenges facing us next year," she said.
She said she supports Greens plan to re-examine the kind of services the MBA can offer to best serve its membership.
Bill Haltom was elected treasurer for the upcoming year, and Pat Arnoult was elected secretary, which means he will be president after working up through the ranks of MBA offices.
The board of directors will consist of the following returning members: attorneys Amy Amundsen, Sam Cole, Donna Fields, David Harris, Brian Kuhn, David Rudolph and Robert Spence, and University of Memphis Law School dean Don Polden
The new board members are attorneys Leslie Ballin, Chip Forrester, Brook Lathram, Jim Lockard, Harris Quinn, Janet Richards, Steve Shankman and Barbara Zoccola.
Board members serve a term of two years.
Three section representatives were elected who will each serve a one-year term: David Blaylock, Coble Caperton and Bob McPherson.