Joining Tapper on the slate of new officers for the local organization — for the fiscal year beginning June 1, 2013 through May 31, 2014 — are Cleveland attorneys Ashley Ownby, vice president and president-elect; Daniel Clanton, secretary; and Rex Wagner, treasurer.
Tapper serves also as a member of the Bradley County Law Library Commission which partners with the local Bar Association and the Cleveland Bradley County Public Library to host the Community Legal Forums which are traditionally held at the downtown library. The forums’ popularity has grown over the past couple of years because of the relevant subject matter which provides a timely — and free — outreach to the public.
The most recent forum tackled “Identity Theft and Related Scams: How To Avoid Them and What to Do If You Are a Victim.” Its crowd nearly filled the library’s Community Room which can normally seat about 100.
The Bradley County Bar Association is a voluntary membership group of attorneys dedicated to maintaining high standards in the legal profession, providing continuing legal education for its members and finding ways to provide better access to legal services for all residents of the Cleveland and Bradley County community, Tapper explained.
He said the association has a strong history of promoting a cordial and professional relationship between Bench and Bar, and remains committed to sharing ideas and concerns for one another on issues affecting the administration of the courts.
Cleveland attorney William J. Brown, outgoing Bar Association president, is ending a successful year as the organization’s leader. During the past year, the association helped to fund and sponsor students from various schools in Bradley and surrounding counties in a project where students met with Tennessee’s Supreme Court Justices and witnessed an actual oral argument in a real case before the court. Volunteer attorneys in the association helped to educate students beforehand in the workings of the court to better understand the process.
Additionally over the past year during Brown’s term, the Bar Association’s monthly meetings were enhanced by continuing legal education seminars for its members.
During his presidency, Brown “... fostered cooperation between the Bench and the Bar with the ‘Friends of the Court’ project where volunteer attorneys assist the court in expediting the resolution of Domestic Orders of Protection,” Tapper advised.
Also during the year, the local Bar Association sponsored a Law Day speaker featuring a keynote address by William Killian, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Tennessee. Killian’s presentation was open to the public and highlighted the workings of the U.S. Attorney’s office and the U.S. Department of Justice. The address keyed on DOJ’s responsibilities in carrying out federal laws under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Constitution.
“Bill Brown has done a superb job in leading our association, and I consider it a privilege to carry on existing programs and accept the challenge to raise the bar beyond those achievements,” Tapper said. “I look forward to enhancing the participation of attorneys in even more activities that serve the community and its needs. Our association will provide more programs to enhance the state Supreme Court’s ‘equal access to justice’ initiatives. In addition, we plan to provide more benefits of association membership to increase our membership rolls and the participation of our members.”
Tapper added, “I’m excited to get started with our newly elected slate of officers, all of whom are eager to work as a team in achieving our goals. I intend to lead our association to rank high in the public’s esteem, and be recognized for excellent service and professionalism not only among the public, but among attorneys and other bar associations throughout our state.”
The incoming Bradley County Bar Association president pointed out, “The public will be hearing and seeing a lot more of our association’s activities in the days ahead. It’s a big challenge, and I and my team are ready to roll up our sleeves and get to work.”