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VOL. 43 | NO. 1 | Friday, January 4, 2019

KBA elects leaders for 2019, adds to board

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The Knoxville Bar Association has announced its officers for 2019.

Wynne Caffey-Knight assumed the presidency of the organization as the KBA concluded its annual meeting: Hanson R. Tipton is elected president-elect, Cheryl G. Rice treasurer and Jason H. Long secretary.

The membership added four to the board of governors, filling open positions: The Hon. Suzanne H. Bauknight, Loretta G. Cravens, Elizabeth B. Ford and Rachel P. Hurt.

Adrienne L. Anderson was presented the KBA’s highest award, the Governors’ Award, which is given annually to a lawyer whose peers believe has brought distinction and honor to the legal profession.

The Presidents’ Awards for 2018 were presented to the Hon. Deborah C. Stevens for her tireless efforts and many years of service on the diversity in the profession committee and to Melissa Carrasco, Chris McCarty and Cathy Shuck for their work as co-chairs of the publications committee.

The Award for outstanding writing was presented to Angelia Nystrom for her contributions to the KBA monthly magazine DICTA.

The Courage in the Face of Adversity Award was presented to the Hon. James Curwood Witt, Jr. of the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals, and the Don Paine Lawyer Legacy Award was presented to U.S. District Court Judge Pamela L. Reeves.

Mikel Towe is the new president of the Knoxville Barristers, Young Lawyers Division.

Luke Ihnen and Zachary Walden, co-chairs of Constitution Day committee, were presented with the Barristers’ Presidents’ Award for 2018.

Knoxville attorneys named to Leadership Law

The Tennessee Bar Association has selected Knoxville area lawyers for its 2019 Leadership Law program.

Now in its 16th year, Leadership Law is designed to equip the state’s lawyers with the vision, knowledge and skills necessary to serve as leaders in their profession and local communities. The class will meet for its first session in January.

The Knoxville area attorneys are:

Bill Clayton is an associate at Woolf, McClane, Bright, Allen & Carpenter, PLLC in Knoxville where he practices in business and construction litigation. He serves as chair elect for the Tennessee Bar Association’s Litigation Section and is a guest lecturer for the University of Tennessee Construction Science program where he teaches construction law. Clayton earned his law degree from the University of North Carolina School of Law.

Allison Jackson is an attorney at Egerton, McAfee, Armistead & Davis, P.C. in Knoxville where she practices labor and employment law, business litigation, commercial litigation and general civil litigation. She assists her clients with a range of labor and employment and dispute resolution-related matters, including providing legal counsel to avoid and resolve anticipated or existing employment-related concerns and business and commercial issues, assisting with the maintenance and enforcement of rights, and handling the prosecution and defense of civil cases. Jackson graduated from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville with a B.A. in political science with a concentration in public administration. She earned her J.D. from UT.

Mitchell Panter is an attorney at Paine | Bickers, LLP in Knoxville. He earned his undergraduate degree in psychology from Tennessee Technological University in 2009 and his law degree from the UT College of Law in 2012. After law school, he was a judicial law clerk to Justice Janice M. Holder of the Tennessee Supreme Court. Following his clerkship, he worked as an associate at a local healthcare firm, representing healthcare providers in professional liability lawsuits, business disputes, civil rights litigation, and disciplinary investigations with Tennessee’s various health-related boards.

Courtney Read is a member of Watson, Roach, Batson, Rowell and Lauderback, P.L.C. in Knoxville. Read practices in the areas of civil litigation, appeals, governmental tort law litigation, and healthcare liability defense litigation. She graduated from Wake Forest University in 2007 with a degree in political science. She earned her juris doctorate from the Wake Forest University School of Law. She has served in the past as co-chair of the KBA Barristers Public Relations Committee and co-chair of the KBA Barristers Law Week and School Outreach Committee.

Melanie Reid is associate dean of faculty and a professor of law at Lincoln Memorial University Law. Previously, she was a trial attorney in the Narcotics and Dangerous Drug Section at the U.S. Department of Justice, as well as an assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of Florida. She is a former law clerk for Judge Charles Wilson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and a member of the Florida Bar. Reid has lectured on various topics, including prosecuting international narcotics trafficking cases, proactive investigations, asset forfeiture, federal wiretap and conspiracy laws, discovery obligations and prudential searches, advanced trial advocacy and evidentiary foundations, and evidentiary issues in international criminal cases.

Latisha Stubblefield is associate general counsel for Pilot Flying J where she handles a wide variety of transactional matters, including negotiation and review of credit and billing agreements, supply and distribution agreements, carrier and hauling agreements, as well as review marketing communications and legal consumer complaint issues. She assists with merger and acquisitions, and manages bankruptcy, class action, and collection litigation matters. Stubblefield is a member of the Board of Directors for Historic Tennessee Theatre Foundation and Vice Chair for the Girl Scouts of the Southern Appalachians, Inc. She graduated summa cum laude from UT College of Law.

Carlos Yunsan is a judicial clerk for Justice Sharon G. Lee of the Tennessee Supreme Court. Prior to his clerkship, Yunsan was an associate attorney at Kizer & Black in Maryville where he practiced in civil litigation. Yunsan serves as a committee member on the Knoxville Bar Association’s Diversity in the Profession Committee and the KBA’s Nominating Committee. He earned his law degree from the UT College of Law.

Scientists elected AAAS fellows

Four Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers have been elected fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

The AAAS is the world’s largest multidisciplinary scientific society and publisher of the Science family of journals. ORNL’s four fellows join a class of 416 members awarded the honor this year by the AAAS for their “scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications.”

Phillip F. Britt, director of the Chemical Sciences Division, was elected by the AAAS section on chemistry for “distinguished contributions in the field of fuel chemistry, service to the chemistry profession and leadership of a world-class research organization.” Britt joined ORNL in 1988 as a physical organic chemist and has led the lab’s Chemical Sciences Division since 2006. He is a highly published author, a fellow of the American Chemical Society and received the Secretary of Energy’s Achievement Award in 2015. He is also on the Board of Visitors for the Department of Chemistry at UT.

Stephan Irle, computational soft matter scientist in the Computational Sciences and Engineering Division and the Chemical Sciences Division, was elected by the AAAS section on chemistry for “distinguished contributions to the field of computational chemistry, particularly for modeling and predictions of electronic and molecular structure and complex systems dynamics.” Before joining ORNL in 2017, Irle was a professor of chemistry and a founding principal investigator of the Institute of Transformative Bio-Molecules at Nagoya University in Japan. He was a member of the Japanese “K supercomputer” support project and specializes in the quantum chemical study of complex systems, including soft matter and biosimulations, excited states of large molecules, catalysis and geosciences.

Bruce Moyer, leader of the Chemical Separations Group in the Chemical Sciences Division, was elected by the AAAS section on chemistry for “exemplary service, research and technology development in the field of separation science and technology benefiting the environment, nuclear energy and critical materials.” Moyer is an ORNL Corporate Fellow with nearly 40 years of experience in separation science and technology, especially in applying fundamental principles to waste treatment, nuclear fuel recycling and the recovery of critical materials. Bruce led the chemical development of the caustic-side solvent extraction (CSSX) process used in the cleanup of millions of gallons of high-level radioactive waste at the Savannah River Site, which earned him multiple awards, including the Secretary of Energy’s Achievement Award. He also leads a focus area on diversifying critical materials supply for clean energy for the DOE’s Critical Materials Institute.

Amy Wolfe, leader of the Society, Energy and Environment Group in the Environmental Sciences Division, was elected by the AAAS section of Societal Impacts of Science and Engineering for “distinguished achievements in quality, visibility and application of social science research on the science and technology enterprise within the U.S. national laboratories and beyond.” Wolfe has studied the social, institutional and behavioral intersections of society and technology and led several research groups since joining ORNL in 1985. She serves on the AAAS Committee on Scientific Freedom and Responsibility, was a program committee member for the Behavior, Energy and Climate Change Conference and has represented ORNL in several multi-laboratory efforts for the Department of Defense and the DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.

Smith reappointed to League of Cities committee

Ellen Smith, a member of the Oak Ridge city council, has been appointed to the National League of Cities 2019 Energy, Environment and Natural Resources federal advocacy committee.

This committee has the lead responsibility for developing NLC’s federal policy positions on issues involving air quality, water quality, energy policy, national wetlands policy, noise control and solid and hazardous waste management.

This will be Smith’s third year as a committee member.

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