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VOL. 127 | NO. 57 | Thursday, March 22, 2012

Local AWA President Wants To Grow, Promote Org.

By Andy Meek

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When Emily Campbell Taube addressed the guests at the end of January for the annual Association for Women Attorneys banquet and silent auction at The Racquet Club of Memphis, the AWA’s new president shared some of her ideas about the direction of the group.


(Photo: Dennis Copeland)

Taube, a partner at Adams and Reese LLP who took over in January as AWA’s president, said her goal is to enhance the group’s presence and impact in the Memphis area and the local legal community. That includes increasing and diversifying membership to include attorneys from all sectors of the profession.

The 300-member association is made up of attorneys from across the area.

Its purpose is simple: support colleagues in the challenges they face as women and as attorneys. That can be done through such avenues as mentoring AWA student chapter members and promoting public service in the community through things like AWA’s sponsorship of Dress for Success.

The organization conducts fundraising activities, continuing legal education opportunities and a silent auction at its annual dinner, and provides scholarships to the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law. Members are encouraged to give back to the community by offering pro bono work to clients when they can.

“As president, you’re the face of the AWA for the year, and you’re representing what the AWA does,” Taube said. “We also do things like have a golf tournament to raise funds, because we give away scholarships, things like that.

“My biggest thing as president this year will be to try to get a greater community presence for the AWA because I think it has so many valuable things to offer.”

Taube joined Adams and Reese in 2006 after what had already been a diverse legal career. Prior to joining the firm, she served as a felony assistant with the Shelby County District Attorney’s Office. She has extensive experience in both state and federal court, and she’s handled more than 40 jury and bench trials in her career.

For a couple of years before joining the district attorney’s office, she also worked as a capital case attorney for West Tennessee. In that capacity, she had several districts in West Tennessee in which she traveled and assisted trial judges with their capital murder trials.

What she does for Adams and Reese is a lot of commercial litigation.

“My practice right now, I do a lot of banking and finance litigation, a lot of commercial restructuring and insolvency work, and then I also have a niche specialty in which I do a lot of franchise dealership litigation,” Taube said. “And I absolutely love it. Essentially, I do all kinds of business litigation, mostly having to do with financing.”

Outside of the law office, Taube’s community activities includes serving as vice president of the 100 Club of Memphis and serving on the advisory board for Hope House Day Care, a nonprofit agency that provides care for children 6 weeks through 6 years old who are infected with or affected by HIV and AIDS. That’s in addition, of course, to heading the Memphis chapter of the AWA.

One of the reasons Taube said Adams and Reese is a good firm is that it’s very supportive of training and development of its attorneys. She recommends young attorneys or anyone interested in entering the field always keep a readiness to be able to learn from someone else.

“Honestly, one of the biggest pieces of advice I could give anyone is understand there’s something valuable you can learn from pretty much everyone you come in contact with,” she said. “I’ve been fortunate to have amazing partners who’ve taught me a lot.”

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