Year in Review
By the Numbers
Annual Meeting PowerPoint Slides
KBA President Wynne Caffey-Knight presided over the Annual Meeting of the Knoxville Bar Association on Friday, December 13, 2019. More than 275 lawyers and judges were in attendance. Mrs. Caffey-Knight announced that the following KBA members were elected as officers for 2020: Cheryl G. Rice – President-Elect, Jason H. Long – Treasurer, and Loretta G. Cravens - Secretary. The membership elected the following KBA members to the four open positions on the Board of Governors: Hon. Kristi Davis, Mark A. Castleberry, Michael J. Stanuszek and Elizabeth M. Towe. Hanson R. Tipton assumed the presidency of the 1900-plus member Knoxville Bar Association at the close of the meeting.
Hanson R. Tipton is a member in the Knoxville law firm of Watson, Roach, Batson & Lauderback, PLC. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Florida State University and his J.D. from the University of Tennessee College of Law. Mr. Tipton has been active in the Knoxville legal community for almost twenty years. He has served on and chaired numerous committees and boards in the Knoxville and Tennessee Bar Associations. He won the 2014 KBA President’s Award in recognition of outstanding performance and dedicated service on behalf of the Knoxville Bar Association. Mr. Tipton previously served as law clerk for Senior Judge John K. Byers.
In his remarks to Knoxville Bar Association members at the Annual Meeting, Mr. Tipton thanked the members for their continued committed service to the KBA and the people of our community in need of legal services. He discussed his plans for 2020, including a Habitat for Humanity house build, celebration of the centennial of women’s suffrage in the United States, and a focus on servant leadership. Mr. Tipton encouraged members to take advantage of the many resources and service opportunities offered by the KBA.
Thomas S. Scott, Jr. was presented the KBA’s highest award, the prestigious Governors’ Award, which is given annually to a lawyer whose peers believe has brought distinction and honor to the legal profession. Mr. Scott has distinguished himself with a long and tremendous career of service to the bar and to the community, including serving as KBA president in 1990. Mr. Scott is a worthy recipient of the Knoxville Bar Association’s Governors’ Award for his enduring, faithful, and distinguished service to the community.
The Presidents’ Awards for 2019 were presented to Courtney Epps Read and Emily Stulce for their work as Co-Chairs of the Functions Committee. The award for outstanding writing was presented to Luke Ihnen for his feature on the Butcher Banks which appeared in the November issue of the KBA monthly magazine DICTA. Retired Magistrate Judge C. Clifford Shirley Jr. was presented with the Don Paine Lawyer Legacy Award and the Judicial Excellence Award was presented to U.S. District Court Judge Pamela L. Reeves.
Allison Jackson was introduced as President of the Knoxville Barristers, the Young Lawyers Division of the KBA. It was announced that during the elections last week, Amanda Tonkin was elected Vice President, Bryce Fitzgerald was elected Secretary/Treasurer and Meagan Collver and Courtney Read were elected Members-at-Large. It was also announced that Jason Collver and Meagan Collver, Co-Chairs of the Hunger & Poverty Relief Committee, were presented with the Barristers’ Presidents’ Award for 2019.
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