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VOL. 116 | NO. 243 | Wednesday, December 18, 2002

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Memphis memos 12-19-02

Darek Baskin joined Askew Hargraves Harcourt & Associates Inc. as a civil project manager. He earned a bachelors degree from the University of Memphis. Rhonda Michalski joined the firm as an accounting manager.


Memphis attorney Sam Blaiss recently received the W.J. Michael Cody Pro Bono Award from Memphis Area Legal Services. A single practitioner, Blaiss handled four cases for MALS during 2002, representing domestic violence clients. MALS pro bono award, which has been given for more than 10 years, was renamed this year in honor of former Tennessee Attorney General W.J. Michael Cody. MALS also presented awards to attorneys James Manire of Williams, McDaniel Wolfe & Womack and Edward Bearman of Branson Bearman, co-chairs of MALS 2002 Campaign for Equal Justice fund-raising effort.


Shelby County District Attorney Bill Gibbons announced the appointments of three new assistant district attorneys to his office:

Emily Campbell is newly assigned to Criminal Court Division 1. Campbell was hired by the State of Tennessee as the capital case attorney for Western Tennessee. She earned a bachelors degree at the University of Tennessee and a law degree from the University of Memphis. Dennis Hawkins joined Gibbons office as an assistant district attorney in General Sessions Criminal Court Division 9. He earned a bachelors degree from the University of Virginia and a law degree from the University of Mississippi. Also newly appointed is assistant district attorney E. Cavett Ostner, assigned to General Sessions Criminal Court Division 10. Ostner earned bachelors and law degrees from the University of Denver.


Dr. Mohammad Jahanzeb recently joined the University of Tennessee Health Science Center as chief of the hematology and oncology division. Most recently, he served in Boca Raton, Fla., as research director at the Comprehensive Cancer Center and medical director at the Eugene and Christine Lynn Research Center Community Hospital. He will be involved in the development of the University of Tennessee Cancer Institute.


Stephen Pike was appointed director of museums for the Pink Palace Family of Museums. Pike comes to the Pink Palace from the Virginia Museum of Natural History, where he has been executive director for the past six years. The VMNH is headquartered in Martinsville, Va. Pike earned a degree from Marian College in Indianapolis, and studied on a doctoral fellowship at Temple University. He will be the first new director of museums at the Pink Palace in 22 years. His predecessor, Dr. Douglas Noble, left the Pink Palace to take a similar position with the Indiana State Museum in Indianapolis in June 2001. Pike meets with the board of trustees and staff of the Pink Palace Family of Museums today. He will commence his duties in mid-January.


Margarita M. Palmer and Janie B. Paraham were appointed education specialists for the Childrens Museum of Memphis. Palmer earned a bachelors degree from the University of the Andes in Bogota, Columbia. Paraham attended the University of Memphis and Southwest Tennessee Community College.

PROPERTY SALES 101 603 9,602
MORTGAGES 92 538 10,616
BUILDING PERMITS 215 1,282 20,958
BANKRUPTCIES 51 408 6,108