Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law
Alumni Achievements January 2012

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Summer/Fall 2011 

  • Eric Altman (JD 01) opened Altman Law Firm in Rockingham, North Carolina. 
  • Leo Arnold(JD 81) and Michael Spitzer (JD 81) were appointed to the Tennessee Judicial Nominating Commission by Tennessee House Speaker Beth Harwell.  Read more in the KnoxNews.    
  • David L. Bearman (JD 96) received the 2011 Pro Bono Attorney of the Year Award for the Memphis office of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC. Read more in The Daily News.
  • Taylor C. Berger (JD 07) received the Justice Joseph W. Henry Award for the most outstanding article published in the Tennessee Bar Journal during 2010 for his article on unpublished opinions.
  • Jeff Burrow (JD 00) has been promoted to Senior Director, Business Affairs, Licensing, for Broadcast Music, Inc.
  • Elizabeth Collins (JD 88), partner at Thomason, Hendrix, Harvey, Johnson and Mitchell PLLC, was featured in the The Daily News and discussed how she combines the law profession with community involvement.She also was appointed to the Tennessee Judicial Nominating Commission by Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey. Read more in The Commercial Appeal.
  • Diana Comes (JD 11) accepted a clerkship with Judge Ronald Gilman of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit for 2012-13.
  • Mark Davidson (JD 94) has been appointed Assistant District Attorney General in Criminal Division serving the 25th Judicial District.  Read more in the Jackson Sun.
  • The Honorable Bernice Donald (JD 74) was elevated to the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit on Sept. 8, 2011. Read more in the Commercial Appeal,The Daily News and the ABA Journal. An investiture ceremony in her honor was held on Oct. 20.
  • Jennifer M. Eberle (JD 01) joined Hall Booth Smith & Slover as an associate attorney.  Read more in the Nashville Ledger.
  • Brian Faughnan (JD 98) was featured in the The Daily Newsfor his work as special counsel at Thomas Hendrix Harvey Johnson & Mitchell PLLC.
  • R. Hunter Humphreys (JD 77) was listed as a leading US attorney in the area of real estate and secured lending by the Chambers USA 2011 Guide.
  • Michael Joiner (JD 09) was featured in an article in The Daily News in which he discusses his journey from truck driver to attorney. He was also recently featured in the Alumni Association’s Memphis Matters.
  • Hayden Lait (JD 75) was selected for inclusion in the 2011 Mid-South Super Lawyers in America by Law & Politics in the practice area of alternate dispute resolution.
  • Howard Manis (JD 93) joined the wealth management and financial planning firm Kelman-Lazarov, Inc. as an independent contractor.
  • Stephen McDaniel (JD 73) has been listed in the 2012 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the practice areas of litigation and trusts and estates.
  • David McDowell (JD 03) was installed as Vice President of the Young Lawyers Division 2011-12.
  • Carl Morrison (JD 94) joined Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak and Stewart PC as a shareholder. Read more in The Daily News.
  • Allie Prescott (JD 76) has been appointed President of the UM Alumni Association National Executive Board of Directors.
  • Amanda Ray (JD 10) was interviewed for an article in the Times Free Press. The article details how Ray overcame a number of obstacles to become a lawyer.
  • Linley Richter(JD 91) of Richter and Rasberry PC participated in the firm’s move from the downtown office toClark Tower.  Read more in The Daily News.
  • David Riley (JD 01) was named the newest shareholder at Glassman, Edwards, Wyatt, Tuttle & Cox, P.C.
  • Christy C. Sigler (JD 06) was appointed by Gov. Haslam to the Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth as the new Mid-Cumberland Region Representative. Read more in the Murfreesboro Daily.
  • David Wade (JD 76) was recognized in The Daily News for his work as a Memphis Law adjunct professor and director of Martin Tate Morrow & Marston PC. 
  • Kyle M. Wiggins (JD 04) was chosen as the 2010-11 Outstanding Barrister Member of the Year by his peers in the Leo Bearman Sr. Chapter of the American Inns of Court.  Wiggins is with Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC in Memphis.
  • Stacie Winkler (JD 03) and Kyle M. Wiggins (JD 04) accepted the prestigious Award of Achievement by the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division at the ABA Annual Meeting  on behalf of the MBA’s YLD in August. Read more in the MBA’s Young Lawyers Appeal.
  • Mason Wilson (JD 04) was sworn in as the President of the Tennessee Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division. 
  • Thornell Williams, Jr. (JD 05) was selected as a Georgia Rising Star for 2011. He is practicing with Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C. in Atlanta.

 Spring 2011

  • John Bobango (JD 83) of Farris Bobango was selected for inclusion in the 2010 edition of Mid-South Super Lawyers by Law & Politics.  He practices in the areas of business/corporate law, securities & finance, and health care.
  • Kirk Caraway (JD 97) of Allen, Summers, Simpson, Lillie & Gresham, PLLC, was elected secretary of the Memphis Bar Association in December 2010. Caraway will serve as an MBA officer for four years, culminating with a term as president in 2013-14. 
  • Craig Conley (JD 98), attorney at the Memphis office of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC, was honored with the Sam A. Myar, Jr. Memorial Award by the Memphis Bar Association. 
  • Alan Crone(JD 90), partner at Kramer + Crone, PLC, has been named a 2010 Mid-South Super Lawyer by Law & Politics in the area of employment and labor law.  
  • Paula Proctor Daniel (JD 06) joined Butler Snow’s Business Services Group as an attorney.
  • Greg Duckett (JD 85), Senior Vice President and Corporate Counsel for Baptist Memorial Health Care, was interviewed in The Daily News, where he shared his views on what motivates him to serve the community. 
  • Tannera Gibson (JD 08) was featured in the volunteer attorney spotlight in the March 2011 issue of Pro Bono News.
  • Tomeka Hart (JD 02) spoke as part of the U of M’s Lunch with a Leader series in February.  Hart shared her leadership theories, perceptions, and experiences with emerging leaders.  
  • Desiree I. Hill (JD 02) joined Leitner, Williams, Dooley & Napolitan, PLLC as a member attorney.
  • The Chattanooga office of Miller & Martin PLLC is the first firm in East Tennessee to enroll in a payroll deduction program that supports Legal Aid of East Tennessee. Under the system, which was the idea of associate Kevin Hudson (JD 08), attorneys may select regular or one-time payroll deductions to fund pro bono services in the Chattanooga area. Read more in the TBA Today.
  • Caroline C. Hunter (JD 00) was elected Vice Chair of the Federal Election Committee for 2011. Read more about her election here.
  • Monika Johnson (JD 97) was named Chief Ethics Officer for the city of Memphis for a six-year term.   
  • Shon Johnson (JD 04) was elected president of the Young Lawyers Division of the Memphis Bar Association.  Read more in The Daily News.
  • Coy E. Martin (JD 08) currently works for Shackelford Meltorn & McKinley as an associate attorney.
  • Alfred F. Moore (JD 79)has been recognized in Strathmore’s Who’s Who Worldwide Edition for his outstanding contributions and achievements in the field of law.  
  • Frank Mora (JD 96) was appointed City Judge by Poughkeepsie, NY Mayor, John Tkazyik. 
  • J. Russell Parkes (JD 86) was appointed to the Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility. Read more in the Chattanoogan.    
  • Dianne Polly (JD 96), Vice President of Compliance and Community Relations for Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association, has been installed as the president of the Downtown Memphis Kiwanis Club and appointed chairman of the American Dietetic Association’s Ethics Committee.  Read more in The Daily News.
  • Danny Presley (JD 85), current deputy Shelby County attorney, is helping to shape the future of law.  Read more about Presley’s contributions in The Daily News.
  • Shayla Purifoy (JD 08) was featured in the Memphis Flyer in the article “20<30” that spotlights movers and shakers under 30 who are contributing to the improvement of Memphis.
  • Monica R. Rejaei (JD 10) joined Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz, PLC as an associate attorney.
  • Nick Rice (JD ’03), attorney at Rice, Amundsen & Caperton PLLC, has been recognized as a 2010 Mid-South Super Lawyers Rising Star by Law & Politics for his innovative work in family law.  Read more in The Daily News.
  • Chantelle Roberson (JD 98) accepted the position of Assistant General Counsel at BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee.
  • The Richardson Family was featured in the University of Memphis Magazine about their legacy at Memphis Law.
  • Edward Stanton (JD 97) was sworn in as U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee.  Read more in The Commercial Appeal.
  • Laurie Thornton (JD 84) was featured in The Daily News for her pro bono work with her law firm, Glankler Brown PLLC, as well as Memphis Area Legal Services. 
  • Tanja L. Thompson (JD 97) of Kiesewetter Wise Kaplan Prather, PLC, has been included on the Law & Politics 2010 Mid-South Super Lawyers Rising Stars list for her expertise in employment and labor law.
  • Brice Timmons (JD 10) joined Black McLaren Jones Ryland & Griffee, P.C. as an associate attorney.
  • Bridget Warner (JD 10), who currently works for Butler, Hinsley & Reid Law Firm, serves on the Board of Directors for the Court Appointed Special Advocates of Memphis and Shelby County.
  • Amy P. Weirich (JD 90) was sworn in as the Shelby County District Attorney General.  Read more in the Memphis Business Journal.
  • John C. Vergos (JD 73) was appointed to the Shelby County Health Care Corp. by Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell.  Read more in The Daily News.


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