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VOL. 116 | NO. 70 | Wednesday, April 10, 2002

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Robert M Robert M. Williams Jr. joined the Memphis office of Baker, Donelson, Bearman & Caldwell as a shareholder. Williams concentrates his practice in the area of labor and employment law. For the U.S. Department of Justice, he served as executive assistant to the U.S. Attorney and chief of the civil division. He earned a bachelors degree from Vanderbilt University and a law degree from the University of Memphis. Heath Daughtrey joined Harrahs as vice president of information technology and Carol Malmstedt was appointed vice president of internal audit. Daughtrey, former travel practice leader at Sapient Corp., is based in the companys Memphis offices. He earned a bachelors degree from Auburn University and completed advanced studies at Oxford. Malmstedt will lead internal audit functions across the company. She joined the company as a table games dealer in Reno, Nev. She earned a bachelors degree from Indiana University and an accounting degree from University of Nevada, Reno. Catherine Elliott was promoted to vice president of technology business development from director of technology business development at the Memphis Area Chamber of Commerce. Philip Johnson was promoted to vice president of international development from director of international development. Elliott was formerly with the Baptist Wellness Center. She earned degrees from Western Pennsylvania Hospital School of Nursing and the University of New York, Buffalo. Johnson was the first director of the Tennessee International Trade Center. He earned a bachelors degree from the University of Tennessee. Odie H. Tolbert will receive the Allen J. Hammond Distinguished Service Award, one of the most prestigious awards given by the University of Memphis. Tolbert was a catalog librarian for the U of Ms library system when he retired in February. He began work at the library in 1969. He earned a bachelors degree from LeMoyne-Owen College and a masters degree from Northern Illinois University. J. Richard Buchignani became a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He is co-chair of the litigation department and a member of the commercial litigation group at Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs. Several promotions and additions were made to the countys district attorney generals office. Mary Thorsberg, former head of the domestic violence prosecution unit, is now a deputy administrative assistant/deputy chief prosecutor for general sessions court. She earned a law degree from the University of Memphis. Billy Bond assumed the leadership role of the domestic violence prosecution unit. He earned a law degree from the U of M. Randy Nevels was appointed lead prosecutor in Div. 14 of general sessions criminal court. He had the same position in Div. 12. He earned a law degree at the U of M. Assistant district attorney Margarette Kellough was promoted to division leader in Div. 12. She earned a law degree at Texas Southern University. Four new attorneys joined the district attorneys prosecution staff. Dean DeCandia, Stacey McEndree, Emily Parker and Eric Walton were assigned to the general sessions criminal court section. DeCandia, Parker and Walton earned law degrees at the U of M. McEndree earned a law degree from Pepperdine University. Elliot Cohen, former WREG news reporter, joined the staff on a part-time basis to handle various special projects He earned a degree at Cornell University.

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