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Knoxville Bar Association NEWS
Annual Meeting held on December 12
KBA President Wade Davies presided over the Annual Meeting of the Knoxville Bar Association on Friday, December 12, 2014. More than 300 lawyers and judges were in attendance. Mr. Davies announced that the following KBA members were elected as officers for 2015: Tasha C. Blakney – President; Wayne R. Kramer – President-Elect, Amanda M. Busby - Treasurer, and Keith Burroughs - Secretary. The membership elected the following KBA members to the four open positions on the Board of Governors: Lisa Hall, Dana C. Holloway, Hon. Deborah C. Stevens and John E. Winters. Tasha Blakney assumed the presidency of the Knoxville Bar Association at the close of the meeting.
Tasha Blakney is a partner at the law firm of Eldridge & Blakney, P.C., a Knoxville firm she co-founded in 2003. Ms. Blakney is an honors graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Law. She is active in a number of legal and community organizations, including service on the Board of Governors for the Tennessee Bar Association and as a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. Her practice focuses primarily on matters of general civil litigation, with an emphasis on representation of individuals in personal injury cases, as well as criminal defense.
In her remarks to members of the Knoxville Bar Association at the Annual Meeting, Ms. Blakney detailed her goal of creating opportunities for lawyers to interact together while serving the community. In that regard, Ms. Blakney has created a new task force designed to identify needs particular to the Knoxville community and to help organize public service events designed to address those needs.
Sarah Y. Sheppeard was presented the highest award of the Knoxville Bar Association, the prestigious Governor's Award. In presenting the award, Bill Vines, stated "The Governors' Award is given each year to a lawyer whose peers believe to be deserving of special respect. Sarah Sheppeard has worked tirelessly to improve the legal profession as a teacher, as a bar leader, and as a writer and she is a worthy recipient of the Knoxville Bar Association's Governors' Award." In addition, U.S. District Court Judge Leon Jordan was presented with the Judicial Excellence Award for 2014.
Also at the meeting, Taylor Williams, Paine | Bickers, LLP was introduced as President of the Knoxville Barristers, the Young Lawyers Division of the Knoxville Bar Association and it was announced that Troy Weston, Eldridge & Blakney, P.C., was presented the Barristers' Presidents' Award.