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BahnerT. Maxfield Bahner recently chaired a Tennessee Bar Association task force on judicial conduct. The 13-member group of attorneys and judges recommended new ethics rules for state judges, a number of which were adopted, including a new procedure for pursuing a judge’s recusal and a new process for seeking expedited appeal if a motion for recusal is denied. Judges will now be required to provide in writing the grounds for denying any motion for recusal. Where recusal is granted, the rule describes the procedure for designating a new judge for the case. The revised code of conduct was adopted in January and finalized in June.
Bahner is senior counsel at Chambliss, Bahner, and Stophel in Chattanooga, where he is a member of the litigation section. He focuses his practice mainly in complex litigation.


VowellThe Honorable John Scott Vowell, who is retiring in January after 18 years on the bench, received two awards at the annual meeting of the Alabama Bar Association. He received the Al Vreeland Award from the Volunteer Lawyers Program for his contributions to the Birmingham Bar Association’s access to justice initiative. His efforts directly contributed to the substantial growth of the program, from 300 cases in 2009 to more than 1,000 in 2011.
Judge Vowell also received the Chief Justice’s Professionalism Award for outstanding contributions in advancing the professionalism of the legal profession in Alabama. The award program reads, “He is known for his ability to manage and diffuse difficult situations. His reputation in the Birmingham legal community as a fair judge and dedicated public servant transcends political affiliations and professional networks.”
Vowell has served as presiding judge of the 10th Judicial Circuit, Alabama’s largest, for ten years, as well as president of the state’s Circuit Judges Association in 2011-12. He has also received the Alabama State Bar’s Judicial Award of Merit (2005) and the Judge Drayton N. James Award from the Young Lawyer’s section of the Birmingham Bar Association (2000 and 2006).

The Honorable Ronnie A. Yoder spoke to the Interfaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington on “The Need for Civility in American Life,” at the American University School for International Service, Washington, D.C., on June 14. Judge Yoder urged the faith communities represented to recognize a common philosophical center for all world religions, noting his scholarship for students at Virginia Theological Seminary, “to advance the study of love as an appropriate center of Christian theology, life, preaching, and practice, and an ecumenical theme unifying all of humankind’s religions,” as urged in his commencement address at Goshen College in 2010. His speech is available on YouTube at In July Judge Yoder was named to the board of directors of the IFCMW.


James Apple founded the International Judicial Academy in Washington, D.C., in 1999. By the end of 2012, the academy will have trained more than 4,000 judges, court officers, and ministry of justice officials from countries around the world. Its Web site is Apple also co-founded the International Judicial Monitor, an online magazine for judges, court officers, and rule of law officers around the world. It has a circulation of over 3,500 and recently won an award from LexisNexis as one of the top 25 international blogs on the Internet.

G. Marshall Mundy is listed in Best Lawyers 2012, as he has been since 1987. He is also listed in Virginia Super Lawyers 2012 in the areas of personal injury plaintiff: medical malpractice, personal injury; and plaintiff: general. He is with Mundy & Rogers in Roanoke, where he focuses his practice in the areas of personal injury, medical malpractice, and wrongful death.

Ronald Sokol published the following op-eds in the International Herald Tribune, the New York Times, or both: “Guilt by Birth,” January 15, 2010; “Veiled Arguments,” July 15, 2010; “Two New French Crimes,” April 1, 2011; and “For Tax Purposes, We are All Americans,” October 6, 2011.


RakesWilliam R. Rakes became the first recipient of an award created and named in his honor, the William R. Rakes Leadership in Education Award established by the Virginia State Bar section on the education of lawyers in Virginia. The award recognizes exceptional leadership in developing and implementing innovative ways to improve legal education and promote relationships and professionalism among the academy, the bench, and the bar in Virginia. Rakes received the award on April 22 at the 20th Anniversary Conclave on the Education of Lawyers in Virginia in Charlottesville. He developed the idea of the legal education conclave, which led to the first such gathering in Wintergreen in 1992.
Rakes was selected for inclusion in Virginia Super Lawyers 2012 in the area of business litigation. He is managing partner of Gentry Locke Rakes & Moore in Roanoke.


W. Thomas Grimm teaches courses on American government and an introduction to political science at his local community college. “I love it,” he writes. He was voted adjunct professor of the year for 2011 for the Hillsborough Community College System. “See what a UVA Law degree does for you!” He continues conducting Florida court-appointed mediations and real estate development consulting.


Guy O. Farmer II was recently appointed to serve as the co-chair of the American Bar Association’s liaison subcommittee for labor & employment law, as well as a member of the executive committee of the Florida Bar’s labor & employment section. He has been recognized in Chambers USA 2012 and Florida Super Lawyers 2012 in the area of labor and employment and selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers 2013 in employment law-management; labor law-management; and litigation-labor & employment. He is a shareholder in the labor and employment group with GrayRobinson in Jacksonville.

SlaughterWilliam M. Slaughter has been selected for inclusion in Alabama Super Lawyers 2012 in the area of bonds/government finance and in Best Lawyers 2013 in government relations practice and public finance law. He is a founding member of Haskell Slaughter in Birmingham, where he concentrates his practice on public finance, state and local government law, governmental relations, and civil litigation.


AustinJ. Rudy Austin is listed in Virginia Super Lawyers 2012 in the area of construction litigation. He is a partner with Gentry Locke Rakes & Moore in Roanoke.

Lucius H. Bracey, Jr.
is listed in Virginia Super Lawyers 2012 in the area of estate planning & probate. His is counsel with McGuireWoods in Charlottesville, where he focuses his practice on wealth transfers, estate planning, estate and trust administration, and related tax areas.

William Cumming continues to operate a think tank in the fields of homeland security, emergency management, and crisis management and communications, with special interest in the civil-military interface in our democracy (Republic) and the integration of technical and scientific and legal knowledge into crisis decision-making.

Gene Dahmen is listed in Best Lawyers 2013 in family law. She is senior counsel with Verrill Dana in Boston, Mass., where her practice includes a broad range of family law matters. Her particular focus is on cases involving complex business and financial issues.

Bob Ivey is an active mediator in Los Angeles, Calif., resolving business and construction disputes, primarily in litigated cases. He is regularly listed in Best Lawyers in construction law/commercial litigation, and his firm, Ivey Mediation, is included in the “Best Law Firms” listing for construction law and litigation-construction. See

William H. May has been elected vice president of the San Diego Zoo. He also serves as secretary of the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation, which awards grants to nonprofit research institutions to promote research in chemistry and the life sciences.


GoldLawrence M. Gold has been elected as the national chair of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs. He previously served as a vice-chair of the executive committee and as a member of the board of directors. Gold is a shareholder with Carlton Fields in Atlanta, Ga., where he handles corporate matters for both public and private businesses. He has significant experience in mergers and acquisitions, arranging corporate financing, and advising businesses on succession strategies and strategic investments.

HendersonThomas N. Henderson III is listed in Florida Super Lawyers 2012 and the 2012 Florida Super Lawyers Business Edition. He is a founding shareholder with Hill Ward Henderson in Tampa, where he is vice-chairman of the firm and practices in the real estate group.

Sean Overend retired as a circuit judge based in Devon, United Kingdom in 2006. He now divides his time between England and South Africa, pursuing his interests in chamber music (viola) and cycling. Last year he cycled in South Africa, China, Sweden, and the length of the Pyrenees.

ZacharyDonald Zachary was chosen by the Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists to receive their Freedom of Information Award for 2012. The award was presented on May 8. Earlier in the year, at their annual Golden Mike Awards banquet, the Radio & Television News Association of Southern California recognized him as a person “making a difference in broadcast journalism” in recognition of his years of service to association and the broadcast community. Zachary has an intellectual property practice in Glendale, Calif.


Gordon E. Schreck is listed in South Carolina Super Lawyers 2012 in transportation and maritime law. Schreck heads the admiralty and maritime practice group at Womble Carlyle in Charleston.

SlaterThomas G. Slater Jr. received the Virginia Military Institute Foundation’s Distinguished Service Award in May for his dedication to VMI and to the Foundation. Slater’s family has a long VMI tradition: An ancestor graduated in 1859 and was killed in action in the Civil War. Slater’s father graduated in 1932, and his son, Tom Slater III, in 1990. Slater is a partner with Hunton & Williams in Richmond, where he heads the litigation, labor, and competition practices. His practice focuses on complex litigation matters.

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