VOL. 130 | NO. 180 | Wednesday, September 16, 2015
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Mathes Takes Helm at Community Legal Center
By Kate Simone
Longtime attorney Anne Mathes has been named executive director of the nonprofit Community Legal Center, which has been providing civil legal services to lower-income Memphians for more than 20 years. In addition to civil cases and divorces, the CLC collaborates with other agencies to serve victims of domestic violence and elder abuse. They also take some immigration cases.
In her new role, Mathes will manage the CLC office, supervise staff and volunteers, seek grant funding and work with the board to raise money from donors.
Experience: I practiced law in the areas of finance, commercial lending and real estate for 30 years, chiefly at Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, P.C.
Family: Husband, Joel Reisman, M.D., and son, Rashad Reisman, a junior at Rhodes.
Favorite movie: “It’s A Wonderful Life”
The sports team(s) you root for: Tigers, Grizzlies
What’s playing on your stereo right now? Billy Joel, The Beatles, Elvis Costello, Talking Heads
Activities you enjoy outside of work: Travel, knitting, going to the movies, reading mysteries
What talent do you wish you had? I’d love to be able to remember the names and faces of all the people I meet!
Who has had the greatest influence on you and why? My husband. He has always wanted the best for me, meaning that which makes me whole and happy, and has given me the space to be myself.
What attracted you to CLC? I wanted to transition from practicing law to working in the nonprofit world. When this opportunity came along, it seemed perfect – a way to do the helping work I was drawn to in a context that I know.
What are your goals in your new position? I want to spread the word generally about what the CLC does to help lower-income Memphians – many people do not know about CLC and the good work it does. We need greater engagement with the Memphis legal community to encourage attorney pro bono and financial support for the CLC. And I hope to find more ways the CLC can collaborate with other agencies to help vulnerable Memphians.
What do you most enjoy about your work? Knowing that the incredibly wide range of tasks in a given day – working with CLC’s dedicated staff to solve problems, meeting with a community partner to better coordinate services to victims of domestic violence or elder abuse, working with our board to put our annual fundraiser together – all contribute to meeting the goal of providing legal services to those in need.
If you could give one piece of advice to young people, what would it be? Don’t be afraid to change your path.
Lucian T. Pera, a partner in the Memphis office of Adams and Reese LLP, has been appointed to chair the governing body of the American Bar Association’s Center for Professional Responsibility, the umbrella group that is home to the ABA’s legal ethics and lawyer discipline work.
The University of Tennessee Health Science Center has appointed Kenneth J. Bradshaw as director of facilities administration and Gary M. White as director of architecture and planning. Bradshaw, a 41-year employee of UT, previously served as assistant director and interim director in facilities administration and the Office of Architecture and Planning. White previously led master planning efforts for FedEx Express hubs.
Mallorie Butler has joined Morris Marketing Group as marketing communications coordinator. Butler previously worked as an administrative assistant with Crye-Leike Realtors in Southaven while attending the University of Mississippi’s Integrated Marketing Communications graduate school program.
O. John Norris III has been promoted to litigation manager of Jackson Lewis PC’s Memphis office. Norris is an experienced litigator who handles management-side labor and employment cases.
Baker Donelson shareholders Jackie G. Prester and Kristine L. Roberts have been named as new practice group leaders within the firm’s Financial Services Department. Prester was named chair of the firm's Financial Services Transaction Group, while Roberts was named chair of the Financial Services Litigation Group.
Randall Bennett has rejoined Eclectic Eye as an eyewear architect after a five-year hiatus, during which he worked at several other Memphis eyewear shops. Bennett received an associate degree in inventory management from the U.S. Air Force and is studying for the Advanced Board of Opticianry exam.
Sharpe Group has elected three new vice presidents. Managing consultants Nancy Jeffers and Kathy Robbins and sales coordinator Sara Latshaw were elected as corporate officers unanimously by the Sharpe Group board of directors.
Marie Chisholm-Burns, dean and professor in the College of Pharmacy at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, has received the Chauncey I. Cooper Award from the National Pharmaceutical Association. The award is the highest recognition given by the nationwide organization of pharmacists.
Baker Donelson has been ranked fourth nationwide on Vault Inc.'s 2016 “Best Law Firms to Work For” list and received top 10 rankings in eight categories, including first place in transparency. The Memphis-based firm was also ranked eighth overall on Vault’s “Best Law Firms for Diversity” list and received top 10 rankings in four of the five diversity categories.