Memphis Daily News Chandler Reports Nashville Ledger
» Subscribe Today!
The Power of Information
The Ledger - Est. 1978 - Knoxville Edition

Forgot your password?
Skip Navigation LinksHome > Article
VOL. 43 | NO. 11 | Friday, March 15, 2019

UT Law recognizes faculty, students, staff

Print | Front Page | Email this story

The University of Tennessee College of Law has announced its annual awards and honors for students, staff, faculty and recent graduates.

These faculty members were recognized:

• Joy Radice: Marilyn V. Yarbrough Faculty award for Writing Excellence

• Robert Blitt: W. Allen Separk Faculty Scholarship award for outstanding body of work in any area of legal research

• Greg Stein: Carden Outstanding Faculty award for scholarship

• Eric Amarante: Carden Outstanding Faculty award for service; and the Wilkinson Research Professor for 2019

• Zack Buck: Harold Warner Outstanding Teacher Award

• Joan Heminway: Tom and Elizabeth Fox Faculty award for outstanding service to the bench and bar

• Jana Dovgan: College of Law Outstanding Adjunct Teacher award

These staff members were honored for extraordinary service: Teresa Peterson, Amy Phillips, Carolyn Dossett and Ashley Cate.

These students were recognized:

• Tanner Hamilton: Knoxville Auxiliary to the Tennessee Bar Association award, for the highest scholastic average as a first-year law student

• Elijah Lovingfoss: Herbert L. Davis Memorial Trust Fund award for the highest grade-point average as a second-year law student; and the Robert E. Pryor Award of Excellence In Advocacy

• Derek Scott: Herbert L. Davis Memorial Trust Fund Award for outstanding academic progress as a second-year law student

• Elizabeth Harwood: Merchant & Gould Excellence in Intellectual Property award

• Gavin Smelcer: Harshfield award for Excellence in Civil Procedure

• Hannah Haley: Cunningham Legal Research award for exemplary performance in legal research as a first-year law student

• Dixon Babb: Cunningham First-Year Best Brief award

• William Beasley: Cunningham Excellence in Legal Writing

• Brad Finney and Andrew Schrack: Jerry P. Black, Jr. Student Clinic Attorney award

• Erika Ivey: Jerry V. Smith Evidence award for outstanding promise and expertise in evidence.

• Chris Davis: Tennessee Attorney General’s Trial Advocacy award

• Evan Rothey: International Academy of Trial Lawyers Award

• Lauren Hughes: National Association of Women Lawyers award for her commitment to enhancing the reputation of women in society and the profession

• Ri’charda Anderson: Susan B. Anthony Award for academic achievement, and a commitment to enhancing the legal rights of women

• Clint Pitts: Frank Benson Creekmore Memorial award for future promise as practitioners of law in Tennessee

• Tyler Sims: William M. Leech, Jr. Public Service Prize for uncommon commitment to public service

• Charlotte Houser: Hodge-Worthington-Baker-Donelson Leadership award for a student who does not hold a prominent leadership but who has demonstrated extraordinary leadership

• Lauren Baxter: Stanuszek Law Group, PLLC award for strong interest in private practice

These recent alumni were honored:

• Hilary Magacs and Rebecca Ledesma: Charles H. Miller Civil Advocacy award for outstanding achievement in advocacy

• Wesley Love: James L. Powers Award for excellence in criminal advocacy

• Kevin Morris: Jerry P. Black, Jr. Student Clinic Attorney award

• Caitlyn Sun: Transactional Clinic Student Attorney award

Knox County schools honor top teachers

Knox County has announced its Teachers of the Year.

A candidate must be a full-time, certified PreK-12 teacher who has taught five or more years and spends the majority of the day instructing students. Candidates must also show dedication to teaching and possess a variety of positive personal attributes.

School-level recipients are nominated by their colleagues. From the school-level winners, the following three teachers were selected:

• Crystal Dougan, Brickey-McCloud Elementary, is a K-5 library media specialist who began a reading incentive program at her school library two years ago. She has seen a significant increase in students who achieve their AR goals and in ELA scores on the TCAP.


• Janet Smith, Karns Middle School, is an eighth-grade ELA teacher who has never forgotten the importance of empowering individual students, including those who are struggling. During her time at Karns, she has helped create a peer-tutoring program and has led the National Junior Honor Society.

• Alice Carson, Powell High School, teaches geometry and statistics and has been an educator for more than 30 years. She emphasizes collaboration among her students and has helped implement Focus Review Sessions.

AC Entertainment expands Heinig’s duties


Ted Heinig has been promoted to vice president of AC Entertainment.

The Knoxville-based company creates, produces, books and markets live entertainment including festivals, concerts and a variety of special events.

Heinig’s role will expand to oversee operations, including venue management and programming, event booking and production, promotion, marketing and sponsorships.

“Ted Heinig was actually AC Entertainment’s first employee back in 1991, joining me and my original partner, Troy Sellers, in building the company from the beginning,” says Ashley Capps, CEO and founder. “He left for a few years to pursue an interest in managing bands, which of course added to his depth of knowledge and experience, and I lured him back in 2002, shortly after Bonnaroo was launched. “The music business requires a tremendous commitment, and Ted has what it takes – the passion and dedication and relationship skills – and a deep respect from the industry. He’s been a leader at AC for some time, and his appointment to vice president is the obvious next step in AC’s continuing growth as a company.”

Recently, Heinig worked with the 2019 Riverbend Festival in Chattanooga to book headline artists, including Keith Urban and Lionel Richie, for the new, reimagined event.

“My career started when I booked Stairway to Heaven at a University of Tennessee campus club in the fall of 1990,” Heinig says. “After that, I was hooked. And now, I get to be at home in Knoxville and work with the best team creating exciting live experiences for music and entertainment fans at cool and unique venues across the region. I’m excited about the future working with our incredible team at AC Entertainment.”

Campbell joins Tranzonic as manager


The Tranzonic Cos. have added Adam W. Campbell as maintenance manager at the manufacturing firm’s West Knoxville facility.

The company manufactures wiping cloths; personal hygiene products; textiles; washroom supplies and accessories; wiping and cleaning supplies; and safety products.

“Adam’s mechanical aptitude and ‘can-do’ attitude make him a great fit for our Knoxville team,” says Brian Rhoades, vice president of operations in Knoxville. “We strive to create a better way every day, and Adam’s leadership capabilities and skills working in tandem to maintain our equipment will help us achieve continuous improvement.”

Previously, Campbell worked at such companies as Earth Fare Inc. and Garrett Stair Co. with increasing levels of responsibility. His new position will involve overseeing preventive maintenance; troubleshooting equipment issues and making repairs; installing new equipment; and creating and implementing maintenance schedules to ensure timely and effective production.

Campbell holds an associate in applied science degree in engineering technology with an electrical engineering concentration from Pellissippi State Community College, and he completed three years of additional plant sciences coursework at the University of Tennessee.

Alumna endows professor


Robin Klehr Avia has established a new endowed professorship in the College of Architecture and Design at the University of Tennessee.

She is regional managing principal for Gensler, a global design and architecture firm, and a 1976 graduate in interior design.

The Robin Klehr Avia Professorship recognizes and awards excellence and will be awarded to a current faculty member in any school in the college or used to recruit an exemplary faculty member.

“Robin’s passion is ensuring a legacy of success for the future of the college,” says Scott Poole, dean of the college. “Through her generous and long-term financial support and leadership, Robin has made a profound impact on our ability to attract the best students and recruit and retain exceptional faculty.”

After graduating from UT, Klehr Avia joined the New York office of Gensler. Forty years later, she has led and influenced design of the built environment in cities around the world. At Gensler, she currently serves as the regional managing principal of the Northeast and Latin American regions, is a member of the board of directors and serves on the executive committee.

“I’m proud to make this contribution to continuing the tradition of excellence in design education at UT,” she says. “I know the next generation of students and faculty will build upon the quality of the programs at the College of Architecture and Design and take the school to even greater heights.”

Klehr Avia has had a long-term influence in the college. In 2012, she was recognized with an Alumni Professional Achievement Award from the UT Alumni Association, and the following year she established the Robin Klehr Avia Scholarship to assist out-of-state interior architecture students. In 2016, UT bestowed upon Klehr Avia its 11th honorary degree, a doctor of Fine Arts.

Sevierville practice adds nurse practitioner


Jennifer R. Marsh, a family nurse practitioner, has joined Middle Creek Family Practice in Sevierville.

Middle Creek is a member of the Summit Medical Group .

Marsh is a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. Previously, she worked at Hope Medical Clinic in Sevierville.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in 2000 and a master’s in nursing from East Tennessee State University in 2014.

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter & RSS: Nashville Editon